Do you know that cabinet hinges come in a wide variety of styles, functions, features, and even finishes?
Here, we’ll give you a quick rundown of the many types of cabinet door hinges from KEA, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages depending on the space in which it will be installed.
Types of Cabinet Hinges
1. Pivot Hinge
Cabinets and lower cabinets that are used for home theatre systems often have pivot hinges attached to them. Pivot hinges are the greatest option when you want to conceal the fact that there are hinges on an inset door. You will need to install these hinges on the top and bottom of the cabinet door and the cabinet frame.
2. Wrap Around Hinge
One side of the wrap-around hinge connects to the rear of the door, while the other side wraps around the face frame or cabinet frame and then into the interior of the cabinet. Wrap-around hinges will give appropriate support and balance if your closet doors are heavy. Because the joints will be visible from the exterior of the cabinet, it is critical that you choose a finish that complements the style of your cabinet.
3. Barrel Hinge
The barrel hinges on a cabinet door are not visible from the exterior of the unit. People often use barrel hinges for woodworking projects that need lids, such as wooden storage boxes, since these hinges make it easier for the lid to move up and down while maintaining the box’s overall appearance from the outside. However, if you prefer a hinge-free appearance for your cabinet doors, you may install a barrel hinge.
4. Strap Hinge
A strap hinge is attached to the exterior of your cabinets. They range in length from small to quite lengthy to accommodate any cabinet door. Strap hinges provide a lot of versatility in terms of what they can hold as well as how elegant they appear.
5. Butt Hinge
The butt hinge is one of the most frequent varieties; you’ll find it on a variety of doors, including cabinets. This hinge features two spread-out sides that attach to the joint, allowing them to move freely. One side is often attached to the cabinet frame and the other to the cabinet door. Because the joint will be visible from the exterior of the cabinet, it is critical to choose a finish that complements the overall appearance of the cabinet. The movement of butt hinges is often accomplished via the use of a central pin or a ball joint. They are designed to be basic, yet they are a reliable solution for people searching for an easy installation for their project that will last for many years.
6. Inset Hinge
One side of an inset hinge is thin and attaches to the door frame, while the other is wider and attaches to the interior of the door. Because the narrow section is visible from the outside of the cabinet, most inset hinges feature a decorative element.
7. Full Overlay Hinge
You’ll need a complete overlay hinge for cabinet doors that cover the whole face of the cabinet. These come in a variety of forms, but they typically go inside the cabinet, connecting the door to the interior of a frameless cabinet or the front frame.
8. Half Overlay Hinge
A half overlay hinge is what you need if your cabinets are either half or partial overlay. Half overlay cabinets will feature two doors that meet in the center and are separated by a little wall or barrier. These hinges connect to the interior of the doors and allow them to open near one another without colliding. These hinges are attached to the partition that the two doors share. The hinge size should be tiny so that both can fit precisely on the partition.
9. Hinge Flush
A flush hinge is similar to a butt hinge in that it connects the cabinet door and frame on the interior. However, compared to other types of hinges, this one takes up relatively less room in the door. This is because, when the door is closed, the smaller section of the hinge folds into the larger half, creating the illusion that the hinge is one continuous piece. A flush hinge joint, like a butt joint, may be seen from the outside of the cabinet, so pick your preferred finish.
10. Offset Hinge
An offset hinge style is required for any cabinet doors that project outward from the cabinet frame in any way. Because the two halves of the hinge do not line with one another, they work together to let the door project outward from its frame. The offset hinge type attaches to the outside of the cabinet frame and door. Because of this, offset hinges are available in a wide variety of designs and finishes, giving you the opportunity to choose one that is a great fit for the design of your cabinet.
11. Surface Mount (Frameless) Hinge
Frameless (also known as a surface mount) hinges are simpler to install than others because they do not require the creation of a hole. Because they are mounted on the inside of the cabinet frame and door, they allow the door to swing out without hitting the frame. You can align frameless hinges to ensure that your cabinet doors open and close properly.
12. Invisible Hinge
Invisible hinges are commonly seen on home theatre cabinetry but can also be used on metal doors. They are smaller hinges that require very little space inside the door and frame where they join. These hinges won’t be noticeable even when the cabinet doors are open.
Specifics Of Hinges
1. Hinge, Heavy-Duty
Heavy-duty hinges are more commonly found in industrial settings than in residential settings; they can support more weight than standard hinges. Heavy-duty hinges can be used if your home’s cabinet doors are heavy due to their material or are oversized. Heavy-duty hinges such as barrel and pivot hinges can hold a lot of weight while still allowing for easy opening and closing.
2. Hinge that closes itself
Spring-loaded hinges are self-closing hinges, but some do not use springs and instead use a hydraulic design. However, both designs allow your cabinet doors to close on their own using their own weight. This sort of hinge may be seen on gym lockers, home theatre system cabinets, baths, and kitchen cabinets.
3. Hinge with Soft-Close
When closing a cabinet door with a soft-close hinge, you’ll need to apply some force to push the door closed. The hinge engages when the door reaches a certain point, allowing it to slide into the closed position quietly. Soft close hinges, like self-close hydraulic hinges, use hydraulics to create a vacuum that closes the door. The design allows the door to close slowly and protect itself from being hit as it settles. Premium soft-close hinges from the reputable Hettich brand are available.
4. Hidden Hinge
Hidden hinges are not visible from the outside of the cabinet. They are also known as hidden or invisible hinges, and they can help homeowners achieve the perfect look for their cabinets. Hidden hinges connect the inside of the cabinet frame and the door, creating the illusion that the doors float on the face of the cabinet frame.
5. Demountable Hinge
Demountable hinges are useful for kitchen cabinets because you can easily disassemble them without removing any hardware and give them a quick wipe-down to remove grease particles and other dirt. They are available in single and double demountable configurations.
6. Ornamental Hinge
Hinges should be both functional and visually appealing. Many of the hinges are visible from the outside of the cabinet, so appearance is important. As a result, many modern hinges feature eye-catching designs that, once installed, look stunning from the cabinet’s exterior.
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