When it comes to cabinets, don’t underestimate the importance of hinges. Though hinge selection will likely not make-or-break your remodel results, the style and functionality of the hinges you choose for your cabinet remodel will affect the overall appearance, performance, and versatility of your cabinets. Before exploring your hinge options, something important to consider is the type of cabinets you have or would like to have in your home (frameless or face-frame). From there, you’ll want to think about the function, form, and style of the cabinet hinge. Luckily, there are countless options on the hinge front, and Danner’s Cabinet Shop is prepared to order and install all types.
Like the name says, concealed hinges are not visible from the outside of the cabinet unless the cabinet is open. Concealed hinges are also referred to as “European hinges.” These are ideal for face-frame cabinets and contemporary, minimalist designs, but also work well with frameless cabinets.
Semi-concealed hinges are partially visible from the outside of the cabinet when the door is closed. They may integrate details such as decorative ball tips or finial tips. Semi-concealed hinges are easy to install, making them a popular style choice for many cabinet applications. This type of hinge is ideal for face-frame cabinetry.
The butt hinge is by far the most popular and traditional hinge. Composed of two pivoting plates with interlocking fingers, the hinge forms a barrel, where both parts are held together by a pin. Depending on the style of butt hinge, it may require a mortise in the door and cabinet to prevent a large gap. Butt hinges are ideal for face-frame cabinets.
Wraparound hinges form together to wrap around the edge of the door and the side or face frame of the cabinet. There are two types of wraparound hinges. Partial wraparound wraps around the door and has a plain flat leaf for the cabinet, making it an excellent choice for frameless cabinets. The second type, full or back-to-back wraparound hinges, will wrap around on both halves of the hinge, making this a perfect choice for face-frame cabinets.
Non-mortise hinges are thinner than standard hinges. They are surface-mounted and screw directly into both the cabinet and the door without significant recesses cut into the surfaces. They do not require cuts to be made in the wood to install the hinge. Non-mortise hinges work well with frameless cabinets.
No matter what type of hinge you choose, each of these options is an excellent choice that’s sure to complement your kitchen cabinets. To start your kitchen cabinet upgrade or custom cabinetry project, contact the pros at Danner’s Cabinet Shop in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area at (763) 753-4002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today!