Babette. Door Hinges. June 05th , 2017.
Another related lefty-righty question is: Does it really matter if you mix up right- and left-hanging cabinet door hinges? Not usually. Most door and cabinet door hinges can masquerade as each other if you rotate them 180°. The pins will drop in the same way and everything. In rare cases, the pin only goes in one way, the cabinet door hinges plate is shaped or decorated to only look right on its right (or left!) side. If in doubt, ask a contractor or cabinetmaker. Tip: If you are going to take your old doors or cabinet doors off, refinish them, and put them back on, I suggest labeling each of the cabinet door hinges as you take them off. In your kitchen for example, the top left-hanging hinge on the first cabinet on the east side of your kitchen could be marked: TLE1. That way everything will line up exactly as it did before you took them down.
Hinges come in a seemingly endless variety of styles, sizes and shapes. But if you know the basics you will able to find the right ones for your project in a flash. Dont worry about whether the hinge is labeled left or right handed. All this means is what side of the door you are hanging the hinges on, but all you need to do is flip them over and you can use them on the other side. You may also be unsure of what size of hinge you need. As long as it is proportional to the size of the door you neednt worry. Hinges are extremely strong. In fact they are generally eight to ten times stronger than the job they are called on to do.
If you dont want to see the hinge at all you can try a Soss hinge. These door hinges are commonly used on folding doors. Both sides are recessed into the door so it is completely concealed. One of the most popular of door hinges is the spring loaded or self-closing hinge because when mounted the door will close on its own. This type of door hinge is extremely popular in kitchens because people are frequently opening and closing cabinets. Once you choose your type of hinge you can choose the finish that will really bring your room together. Select from chrome, brass, bronze or nickel all in polished, brushed, antiqued or oil rubbed forms and match your hinges and cabinet knobs. Never underestimate the strength of door hinges or their ability to finish the look of a room.
Geared continuous hinges are most often found in steel or aluminum. Lighter weight continuous piano hinges are often made of brass. The heavy duty commercial hinges distribute weight and stress along the full length of door and frame, thus preventing misaligned pivot points of individual hinges. Buyers should look for high quality hinges from well-known manufacturers. Cheaper products provide inferior performance and will require repair and replacement long before a higher grade hinge. Companies such as Stanley even provide a limited lifetime warranty on their commercial grade door hinges.
No matter what you of cabinet door hinges you choose you still have to select a finish as well. From antique copper to polished chrome and everything in between the easiest route to take might be to match your cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. Not only will this make your cabinet door hinge shopping experience easier, but you will also complete you room with style and finesse. So even though they are small and you probably never thought about them being part of your décor, dont forget about your cabinet door hinges because your modern life hinges on hinges.
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