Door Hinges / October 11, 2018 / Yvette Guerette
Cabinet door hinges are one of the biggest afterthoughts in home design but they often get the biggest workout in the home. Nary an hour goes by that someone isnt opening a cabinet somewhere in the home whether its in the kitchen pantry bathroom or hallway. Most simply make do with the hinges that came with the cabinet. Only when they begin to squeak and sway in complaint about their endless exercise do we give thought to changing them. And only then do we only change the offending hinge that has failed to do its duty tightly and quietly. But changing out hinges can yield some exciting results in the home particularly when they are visible hinges.
Removing a door with a two hole hinge is going to require two helpers so you might want to be sure you have a friend their to hold the door for you as you begin unscrewing it. Another choice you are going to have is whether or not that you want a removable pin or a fixed pin. This is going to depend more on your needs. A removable pin is going to make it easy for you to take the door off the hinges without unscrewing the hinge from the door jamb. You can easily begin shopping online and looking at all of the different designs that there are for door hinges you might actually be amazed at the choices.
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.