European-style hinges may seem complicated until you try them and see how easy they are to install and why so many production shops use them exclusively for hanging cabinet doors. Once in place, European hinges also allow for some helpful adjustments that other hinge styles don't. Depending on the specific hinge, you can adjust your cabinet doors up and down, side to side and in and out by turning a couple of screws. These versatile hinges are designed to accommodate either face frame or frameless cabinets. For either style of cabinet, you can buy hinge to suit doors that overlay the cabinet opening or set inside it.

How to Install European Cabinet Hinges

How to Install European Hinges with the JIG IT Deluxe Concealed Hinge Drilling System

Learn how the JIG IT Deluxe Concealed Hinge Drilling System will save you loads of time installing European cabinet hinges. The system comes with a sturdy 36'' aluminum rail and two hinge cup drilling guides that slide along the rail to align with your hinge plates. Once set up, you can use the stop block against the top or bottom of each door to achieve identical results throughout any bank of cabinets. With no need for a drill press, you'll save both money and shop space. Each guide features an integral spring clamp that requires no adjustment, and holds the guide in place as you drill. The clamp also doubles as a foot that rests on your benchtop (or the floor) and provides firm support as you apply downward pressure with the drill bit.