Hinge Types

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There are a variety of hinge types to choose from, depending in your preferences. Each can vary in appearance, size and use. Research the appropriate hinge type for your doors and cabinets.

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Flush Door Hinge

A flush door hinge makes only the barrel of the hinge visible. A recess does not have to be cut in the frame to accommodate this hinge.

Butt Hinge

Butt hinges are typically used for cabinets. They are placed into a recess in the frame.

Butterfly Hinge

Butterfly hinges resemble the wing shape of a butterfly. These hinges are typically used for lightweight doors.

Continuous Hinge

Continuous hinge is also known as piano hinge. It comes in brass or steel and works well where a long hinge is needed.

Knuckle Hinge

A knuckle hinge has a decorative knuckle. It has a threaded part that is screwed into a hole in the frame and the door.

Concealed Hinge

Concealed hinges cannot be seen when the cabinet door is closed. This hinge typically comes in either 25mm or 36mm.


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