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How to Choose the Right Blum Hinge for Your Cabinet Doors

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.

Face Frame Hinge by Blum

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.