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.
Its a fairly easy task to change the hinges on your door but it is somewhat time consuming. This is something that will dramatically change the look of your door and it is something that you definitely want to consider changing. Alright lets go over the different types of hinges that are available. Hinges have holes in them and they usually come in two different amounts of holes - two holes or three holes. The three hole hinges are going to increase the stability of the door. So if your door is heavy than you will want a three holed hinge over the two holed hinge.
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.