How to Choose the Right Blum Hinge for Your Cabinet Doors
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Face Frame Hinge by Blum

Ready to install the hinges on your cabinet doors?  Blum hinges are the choice of many woodworkers the world over for their quality, craftsmanship, and lifetime guarantee.  This post will explain how to choose the right Blum hinge to make your cabinets look their absolute best and allow them to function with ease.


Overlay or Inset What's the Difference?

Inset Face Frame Hinges compared to Overlay Face Frame Hinges

First, a quick reminder -  when selecting face frame hinges keep in mind these hinges are not for use on Eurostyle Cabinets, they are for use on your face frame cabinets only.

Overlay Applications
Use an overlay hinge if the door overlays the face frame completely, with a rabbet. It can be predetermined or variable. If it is variable, you'll be able to mount it anywhere on the widthe of the face frame and determine how much of the frame will be visible.

Inset Applications
Use an inset hinge if the door is completely flush with the face frame.


Closing Styles

Self-closing hinges are an ideal for cabinets. The built-in spring pulls the door closed and holds it in a closed position, eliminating the need for catches.

Soft-closing hinges have an adjustable action that, when your door is pushed closed, automatically takes over and brings your door to a whisper-soft close.

Free-swing hinges are most often used in furniture applications, rather than cabinet applications.


3-way Adjustability

Three-way independent adjustment means uniform cabinetry!  Blum "European-style" hinges are easily adjustable for foolproof installation! Simply turn a screw or cam to make sideway and height adjustments for perfect cabinet door alignment. Some hinges also offer a depth adjustment, making installation easy even where minor cabinet irregularities exist!

blum hinge side adjustment instructional drawing

Side Adjustment
Regulates the gaps between doors, cabinets and walls for perfect parallel alignment.

Height Adjustment

Height Adjustment
They match precisely at top and bottom.

Depth Adjustment

Depth Adjustment
Lets you bring any style of door into line with the vertical surface of the cabinet.


How Many Hinges and How Much Adjustability?

blum hinge adjustability chart

Use the chart to determine how many hinges you'll need for the height and weight of your door.

A door that is 43'' high and weighs 14 lbs. requires three hinges. If your door is only 24'' high but weighs 14 lbs., go with three hinges for maximum support and stability.

Also, use on 5/8'' - 3/4'' doors unless otherwise noted.


As you can see there are a variety of advantages to choosing Blum hinges for your cabinetry project.  And, now, with these tips you can easily choose the right Blum hinge for your cabinet doors so they'll look amazing and function properly for years to come.


posted on October 24, 2013 by Rockler
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12 thoughts on “How to Choose the Right Blum Hinge for Your Cabinet Doors”

  • Brenda Feliciano
    Brenda Feliciano November 5, 2013 at 5:21 am

    I loking for salice hinges sise 9/16 and not found hawear stoars

  • Steven

    Hi Rockler,

    This is a quite informative post shared with us here. I think this will be helpful article to people who want to know that how work Blum hinges.

    Thank you for sharing this post with us.

  • Gerald

    I am trying to find a european style concealed overlay hinge
    that can be used with a lightweight plywood cabinet door that is only 1/2" thick. I don't believe there is enough depth to drill into the door to inset the hinge. Is there a hinge that can be used that does not require drilling into the door?

    Thanks for your reply.

  • J.R

    hi.Rockler i am looking for a 1-1/2 overlay hinges European why is so hard to finde ?
    thanks for your help.

  • Joseph Minella

    I'm looking for Hinges for a corner door but cannot find a match. The info from my broken Hinge has 80 750-01 and 198 860-01.Not sure what I need for a replacement.Any help would be appreciated. Joe Minella


    i am looking for a corner cabinet door hings. old hings has A-940 AND B-1265 ON CUP #H-1. PLATE# H=14 MFG. FERRARI LEGGO-ITALY. WHICH HINGS I WILL BE USE FOR REPLACEMENT. IF YOU KNOW PL. E-MAIL ME. THANK YOU. >ANIL SHETH

  • Thomas Stieglitz
    Thomas Stieglitz April 24, 2015 at 6:09 am

    I acquired a cabinet with a Blum 110 degree hinge / 1 1/4 on backside is - B102. Can this be replaced with a 90 degree hinge or is the 11o hinge adjustable to a 90 degree position ?

  • Michael Rosenberger
    Michael Rosenberger April 25, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Do you have a face frame overlay hinge for a 1/2" thick cab. door.
    Thank you.


    I m looking for a flush mount hinge that will through the door out so the overlay trim will not hit. Trying to keep the same look as all the drawer banks.

  • Robert

    I currently have this type of hinge on my cabinet doors (Belwith Surface Self-Closing Hinge, 3/8 Offset, P143-AB)
    and would like to replace them with hidden Euro hinges. These hinges are unique because they couture to the cabinet door edge which is like that shown on this hinge. It seems that most newer design doors are unlike these doors and the hinges are made for right angle edge doors (i.e. Belwith Surface Self-Closing Hinge, Flush, P144-AB).

    What type of Hidden Euro hinge should I purchase for my, non right angle, door type?

  • David

    I currently have Blum hinges on our kitchen cabinets - about 1984 vintage for which I am looking for replacements. The Blum hinge has a 36mm hole & has a letter A & then a number code 80.2011-01.22. The screws are quarter turn fixings on the cupboard doors set within the 36mm hole. Some of these hinges have broken so that they no longer stay open - just spring closed all the time. Can you please advise of the best replacement hinges?

  • Raymond Stabilito
    Raymond Stabilito November 5, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Hi. I wish to replace the exposed hinges on my oak kitchen cabinets with Blum soft-closing concealed hinges. My cabinets are face-frame (Merillat) with overlapping doors, but the doors are beveled on the back edges. The doors are 3/4" thick and overlap the stiles by 5/8", but with the bevel the flat back of the door is actually 3/8" from the mounting edge of the cabinet. What size hinge should I use? Thx.

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