Many woodworkers find European-style hinges to be confusing and even a little frightening. One reason may be that they don’t look anything like “real” hinges — at all! And while that is true, I have found European-style hinges to be not only easy to use, but also forgiving in their nature.
Simply stated, their designers have built a superior amount of adjustability into their function. The first thing you need to know about these hinges is that the cup part goes in the door and the mounting plate goes on the cabinet wall. (When I first saw this hinge system, my brain told me it should be the other way around.)
With full-overlay doors like these, the easiest way to locate the hinges is to use a story stick to transfer exact location to both door and carcass. Check the directions for your hinges; for the ones I selected, the cup holes were located 7/8" in from the edge of the door.
It’s very important to be sure that the cup hinge section is mounted squarely in the door, so I use a square while drilling the screw holes to keep everything properly aligned.
I always reach for Rockler’s Jig-It® system to drill the holes for the mounting plate — it makes the task easy as pie. Once the plate and hinge are mounted, you just clip the two together, and the door is hung. Not quite right? Not to worry: you can adjust the position of the door on the cabinet by screwing the adjustment screws (see hinge packaging). Using those screws, the door can be moved right and left or up and down (and in and out to boot!). Not confusing at all!