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Hinge Styles Depend on Cabinet Design
Adding new hardware and hinges is the secret to a spectacular kitchen update. The style of hinge you choose, however, is dependent upon the type and style of your cabinets. To fit your exact needs, Rockler has a large number of styles from which to choose. In this article we’ll discuss the options and differences so that you can become "hinge wise," and add a dazzling new touch to your cabinetry design.
Step 1: Are your cabinets Face Frame or Frameless?
The style of hinge you choose will be largely determined by how your cabinets are made. First determine if your cabinet has a face frame or is frameless.
For Face Frame Cabinets:
Most traditional cabinetry will require face frame mounted hinges for doors that overlay their face frames. Overlay is the relationship of your cabinet doors to the cabinet faces. The amount of overlay will determine the type of hinge you will need. There are three kinds of face frame overlay:
On European style cabinets, hinges are attached directly to the side of the cabinet. The amount of overlay (how far your doors overlap the cabinet sides) will determine the type of hinge you will need. European cabinets have three kinds of overlay:
Flipper Door Systems (For sliding, hiding doors)
Clip on Hinges (For wider opening doors)
Cross Corner Hinges (For doors closing at a 45-degree angle)Fully Concealed Hinges (For doors concealing pull-out shelving)
Wraparound Hinges (No mortise for Euro-style applications)
and many more...
The number of hinges you require will be contingent upon the height and weight of your doors. Use this chart to determine how many hinges you will need. For instance, a 43" high door weighing 14 lbs would require 3 hinges.
Accuracy is crucial to the successful installation of hinges and to assure proper door alignment. Rockler recommends using the appropriate installation jig or the guide of your choice. See our line of installation Jig-It's, and self-centering drill bits for more information.