Door Hinges / October 11, 2018 / Yvette Guerette
Amongst all the different door hinges out there one of the most common types is the butt hinge. It is two leaves with screw holes held together by a pin or a rod. Both leaves are recessed one end into the door and the other into the frame. When the door is closed all you see is the pin. With this type of door hinge it is easy to take the door down because all you have to do is remove the pin. Another type of door hinge that is similar to a butt hinge is the butterfly hinge. It also has two flaps or leaves held together by a pin but instead of being recessed into the door and frame they are mounted on the outside and when opened have the appearance of a butterfly in flight. These door hinges are highly decorative ranging in style from colonial to art deco and are used only on flush doors usually for cabinets. T-strap door hinges are more commonly seen on garage doors or boxes because they lift up rather than out.
I am sure that you know what door hinges are but you probably just think that they are the reason why the door opens and closes. While this is true there is a another purpose for door hinges. Door hinges can also do more than squeak they can be used to make your door look nicer. Hinges much more noticeable when they look bad but when they look good you dont know why the door might look as good as it does. This is truly an eye catching piece of door hardware but without the grasp or understanding that you are actually noticing it. Let me explain this its as if your spouse got a haircut you notice that they look different but you just cant seem to put your figure on the change. The only difference here is that the door wont yell at you your spouse will.
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.