There are several types of Cabinet Hinges to consider when installing your cabinets. At Cabinetparts.com we sell a multitude of hinges by top brands such as Blum, Mepla, Soss, Salice, and Amerock. It can be very frustrating when choosing from an endless slew of products.
Below is a description of different types of hinges:
Glass Door Hinges
Glass door hinges generally come with a small amount of design elements. This creates a flat, utilitarian look that doesn’t scratch surface of the glass. These hinges normally consist of two clamps that have a non-skid material on the inside edges to prevent friction. The clamps have a screw that fits into a pre-drilled hole for added stability that attaches the clamps to both sides. In addition you can get “No Bore” glass hinges. The hardware is available in a variety of finishes such as bronze, black, nickel, chrome, and antique brass.
Knife Hinges is a free swinging hinge that comes in a variety of finishes from burnish brass to white. Knife Hinges works just as good as Traditional Hinges for holding cabinet doors in place and opening them smoothly when needed. They typically mount to the bottom and top of cabinet doors.
The most popular hinge of the bunch, European hinges are a heavy duty hinge designed for full overlay or inset doors. Sometimes referred to as concealed hinges, European Hinges are easy to install, and adjustable, allowing installers to align and level the cabinet doors. These hinges cannot be seen when the cabinet door are closed and usually available in two sizes 25mm and 36mm. European Hinges are awesome for adding a clean and modern look to your cabinets.
Invisible hinges cannot be seen when cabinet doors are closed. There are a few types of invisible hinges, such as the barrel hinge, the spring hinge, and the pivot hinge and are available in many different styles and materials as well. Invisible hinges typically are quite easy to install and uninstall. Often times the installer only needs to clip the hinge onto the door frame and its installed. When it is time to remove or change these hinges, the hinge can easily be clipped off of the frame. Invisible cabinet hinges cannot be seen when your cabinet door is closed. This makes the cabinet look clean, modern, and not cluttered.
Overlay hinges are designed for cabinet doors with a partial overlay. These hinges wrap around two sides of the frame and two sides of the door which provides added support. In addition it allows the cabinet door to overlap the frame. They have plates bent at a 90-degree angle to allow them to work with partial overlays. There are four types of overlay hinges: full overlay, half overlay, 3/8-inch inset and full inset.
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