How can I tell which Hinge I have in my kitchen cabinet?
By: Gareth Jones
When replacing a kitchen cabinet hinge there are quite a few choices for you pick through to find the right one. This page gives a quick overiew of the types and the bits you will need to look at in order to find the right one in our extensive range of concealed hinges.
Here are some tips for identifying your hinge:
Opening Angle of the door
This is the angle that door opens from the cupboard - usual opening angles of hinges are 95° - 110° or they may be larger , up to 170° for corner units, or smaller, 40/50° for half doors that close into a corner.
Cup hole diameter in the door
Then check the diameter of hole in the door that the hinge sits in - these are usually 26mm, 35mm, or 40mm for more unusal hinges. It is important to measure the hole in the door and not the hinge itself.
Hinge overlay options explained
Hinge overlay is generally split into 3 types
- Full Overlay - Door covers the cabinet carcass end in closed position
- Half Overlay - 2 doors fitted either side of 1 cabinet carcass
- Inset Overlay - Door front sits flush with the front edge of the carcass end
Hinge mounting plate connection
The next thing is to check how the hinge connects to the carcass - Most hinges are either a Clip On hinge or a Slide On hinge
- Clip On - Commonly found in the kitchen, these hinges simply 'clip' on to the mounting plate when attaching them to the cupboard side, with no screws required
- Slide On - These hinges 'slide' on to the mounting plate to attach and then require the screw to fix it into position
Carcass and door thickness
The last thing to take note of is the thickness of both the door and carcass as this determines how big the mounting plate needs to be - normally they are 15/16mm or 18/19mm - but various other sizes are found - including glass and plastic doors.