Cabinet Hinges - How Can I Tell Which Hinge I Have In My Kitchen Cabinet?
When replacing a kitchen cabinet hinges there are multiple factors that you'll need to take into account when choosing a replacement. Because of this is easy to be confused on which hinge is the correct replacement. This page is dedicated to provide you with all the information you'll need to make an informed decision when browsing through our extensive range of concealed hinges.
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1. Opening Angle of the Door
This is the angle that the door opens out from the cupboard - the most common opening angles are between 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.
2. Cup Hole Diameter in the Door
You should check the diameter of the hole in the door that your current hinge sits in - these are usually 26mm, 35mm or 40mm for larger hinges. It's important to measure the hole in the door and not the hinge itself as the hinge may be slightly smaller.
3. Hinge Overlay Options
There are three common types of hinge overlay:
- Full Overlay - The door covers the cabinet carcass end in the closed position.
- Half Overlay - Two doors fitted either side of one cabinet carcass
- Inset Overlay - The door front sits flush with the front edge of the carcass end
4. Hinge Mounting Plate Connection
You should also 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, without the need for screws
- Slide On - These hinges 'slide' on to the mounting plate to attach and then need to be screw-fixed into position
5. Carcass and Door Thickness
Take note of the thickness of both the door and carcass as this determines how large the mounting plate needs to be - normally they are 15/16mm or 18/19mm - but various other sizes exist - including plates for glass and plastic doors.
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