Door Hinges / October 11, 2018 / Yvette Guerette
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.
Alternatively if you can identify the brand name and model number of your hinge you can contact the manufacture directly to determine if theres a clip-on attachment is designed to work with your hinge style. If so they will be able to direct you to the nearest distributor in your area. If you determine that the upgrade is not available there is an alternative discussed in the later part of this article. Presently the additional clip-on parts cost from three to six dollars per piece. Most average sized kitchens have about twenty five cupboard doors. Calculating one slow-close clip per door puts us in the neighborhood of one hundred and twenty dollars ($120) to upgrade a standard sized kitchen to have this feature throughout.
Because visible cabinet door hinges are well always visible they become expected and common place over time. Eventually you dont even notice them anymore. At least until they become unhinged as noted above. With just a few twists of a screw you can replace all your visible hinges with new ones that can breathe fresh life into your once boring cabinet doors. For example many hinges come in silver or brass. Why not change it up with deep black hammered copper or cast wax molded versions of antique hinges. If you have a rustic feel in your kitchen you can decorate H or HL hinges that make your cooking space look like a turn of the century country kitchen.