Door Hinges / October 9, 2018 / Talon Gregoire
By and large one of the most important inventions for everyday use isnt very large at all. Because of cabinet door hinges we are able to store things away behind doors that previously would have been on shelves. Although originally used in 1600 B.C. the Romans adapted the hinge for home use. Flash forward to the American colonies and hinges were used everywhere. Eventually they were outfitted for the doors of wagons heading west most prominently by Charles Hager in St. Louis. He founded the present day Hager Hardware Company and in the 1900s received a patent for the compact butt hinge and the rest as they say is history.
So named because they are shaped like the letter T the horizontal part attaches to the frame and the vertical part to the door. These hinges can also be plain and functional or ornamental. If you dont want to see the hinge at all you can try a Soss hinge. These door hinges are commonly used on folding doors. Both sides are recessed into the door so it is completely concealed. One of the most popular of door hinges is the spring loaded or self-closing hinge because when mounted the door will close on its own. This type of door hinge is extremely popular in kitchens because people are frequently opening and closing cabinets. Once you choose your type of hinge you can choose the finish that will really bring your room together. Select from chrome brass bronze or nickel all in polished brushed antiqued or oil rubbed forms and match your hinges and cabinet knobs. Never underestimate the strength of door hinges or their ability to finish the look of a room.
Too weak of hinges and youll always be straightening the door. This can become maddening very quickly. If you have concealed hinges and want to move to surface mounted cabinet hinges chances are good that youll want to go with either semi-concealed hinges where only the frame wing is visible (the door part goes on the back side of the cabinet door) overlay hinges or inset hinges. It just depends on the type cabinet doors you have. One good hint: Before you redo all your hinges buy several different styles and finishes and put them on them in various parts of the kitchen.