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.
They can be purchased through numerous suppliers on and offline. Essentially the product slows the closing process of the door down so that it doesnt slam or make a load THUNK noise when it meets with the face of the cabinet. This new innovation in how cupboard doors operate is becoming increasingly popular throughout the kitchen and bathroom design industry. The developers of these European hinge products not only think about the end users experience but they incorporate ease of installation for the cupboard manufacture and on-site installers as well. This is why the concealed cup hinge design continues to dominate the market.
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.