The Guide To Decorative Hinges

Decorative hinges are available in all kinds of colors, shapes, and configurations, but what they all have in common is some part of the hinge will be visible when the door is closed. This is in contrast to concealed hinges, which are invisible when the door is closed. The visibility afforded by decorative hinges offers an opportunity: one more avenue of customization and personality for your cabinet. Making the subjective choice of which finish you'd like to show off can be a lot of fun, but it means nothing if your shiny new hinges aren't compatible with your cabinet and doors. Keep reading below where we'll go over the different types of decorative hinges you'll come across. If you are replacing hinges, carefully examine the attachment charts and compare them with your existing hinges and doors. As always, we are available by phone Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm CST at (800) 383-0130 to answer your questions and help you find exactly what you need to make you a Hero at Home.







Face Mount Hinges


face mount decorative hinge chartface mount decorative hinge     Face Mount     

These face mount decorative hinges attach directly to the front of the face frame on your cabinet. The overlay here is variable by simply moving your hinge left or right on the face frame. By nature, you will need some precise measurements for the mounting holes on your face frame to keep your cabinets consistent and make sure your doors aren't lopsided.

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reverse bevel hinge chartreverse bevel hinge     Reverse Bevel     

Reverse bevel hinges have an angle to them to allow for reverse bevel doors. Reverse bevel doors have edges that angle inwards to the back side and give the impression that the door is floating in front of the frame. These hinges are also face mount, so the rules for mounting and overlay for face mount hinges above apply here too.

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3/8 inset face mount hinge chart3/8 inset face mount hinge     3/8 Inch Inset Face Mount     

These hinges have bends in them to accomodate the lip on a 3/8" partial inset door. This is a face mount version, so the hinge would mount directly to the front of the face frame of your cabinet. The overlay here is fixed, meaning you cannot change it.

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Wrap Hinges


half wrap hinge charthalf wrap hinge     Half Wrap     

Half wrap hinges are so named because they wrap halfway around and attach to the edge of your face frame. Because of this wrap, you can't move the hinge left or right on the face frame, making this a fixed overlay hinge. You can generally find these in both 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch overlay versions.

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3/8 inch half wrap inset hinge chart3/8 inch half wrap inset hinge     3/8 Inch Inset Half Wrap     

This hinge is a blend of the previous two in the list. They are just like the 3/8 inch inset hinge above, except the face frame side wraps have way around and attaches to the edge, making this a half wrap hinge. By the nature of these two features, the overlay here is fixed.

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full inset partial wrap hinge chartfull inset partial wrap hinge     Full Inset Partial Wrap     

This hinge is for full inset doors, meaning your door will sit flush with the face frame or side panel of your cabinet. It will attach to the edge of your frame or directly to the inside of your side panel, and wrap around to the back of your door. This particuar one has mounting holes for the edge of your door and the backside of your door, but your millage may very if you find this type of hinge elsewhere. Rather than having an overlay measurement, because they don't overlap the frame at all, inset doors have a reveal gap between the door and frame. In this case, the reveal is set by the hinge.

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full inset full wrap hinge chartfull inset full wrap hinge     Full Inset Full Wrap     

This hinge is full inset, like the previous one, making the door flush with the face frame. The hinge wraps around to attach to the back and side of the door, like the previous one, but this one also wraps around to attach to the back and side of the face frame as well. Also like the previous hinge, this one is full inset making overlay irrelevant. The reveal here is also fixed.

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Demountable Hinges


single demountable hinge chartsingle demountable hinge     Single Demountable     

Single demountable hinges are attached to the door in such a way that makes it easier to take the door off the hinges. This type of hinge requires machining of the door to able to slide the hinge into the door.

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double demountable hinge chartdouble demountable hinge     Double Demountable     

Double demountable hinges offer all the same benefits as the single demountable hinge above, but also on the face frame side. That means these hinges require machining both on the door, and on the face frame in order to insert the hinges.

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Understanding Overlay

cabinet overlay diagram

The term 'cabinet overlay' referrs to how much your cabinet door covers up the face frame or side panel of your cabinet. Newer kitchens typically have the same overlay on all doors, but never assume this is true. If you're replacing hinges, make sure to measure the overlay of every single door that you need hinges for. Check out the video below for an easy tutorial on how to measure overlay.

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