Types Of Cupboard Door Hinges: How To Choose

How do you choose cupboard door hinges? There are a variety of styles, and each has advantages and disadvantages. Here are some things to consider.

Cabinet Style
Generally you want your hinge to match the style of your cabinets. For example, a traditional country look cabinet will need surface mounted hinges for the proper look.

Surface mounted hinges have a traditional look, but cannot bear much load, are difficult to adjust, and don’t have self-closing mechanisms.

Ease of Installation and Adjustment
The next thing to consider is how easily the hinges install and adjust. Concealed hinges are the latest popular choice, and European cup hinges offer many advantages. It is easy to install and can be adjusted easily as well. They are able to support more weight than other hinges.

The European hinges are most popular for use on full-overlay doors that cover the entire frame of the cupboard or inset doors.

Closing Mechanisms
Hinges may have a self closing mechanism or a catch. Self closing mechanisms make for a much safer kitchen. No more hitting your head against an open cupboard door.

Cost of Hinges
When putting hinges on a room full of kitchen cabinets, cost becomes a factor. Newer European hinges are more expensive than the traditional hinges, but the advantages often make them a useful investment.