Door Hinges / October 9, 2018 / Talon Gregoire
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.
Without door hinges a mere act of going to the bathroom would require so much effort that you want to go to open the door well in advance as opening and closing of the door would be a painstaking task. Hinges are an integral part of architecture. Let us look at something as simple as a wooden box with an attached lid. It opens easily because of the hinges. Hinges are primarily used for doors and if you are considering renovating your home or building one from scratch you might want to think about installing long lasting and secure door hinges. Homes with children need doors with hinges for security purposes.
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.