Door Hinges / October 9, 2018 / Talon Gregoire
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.
You need to repeat this process a few times per year to ensure that everything is working properly. Start by checking for loose screws and change them where necessary. You can do this easily with a screwdriver. Sometimes we may also notice that the screws spin in place. This means that the screw holes are stripped and you will need to remove the screws. Simply dip a few matches inside the screw hole and the problem should now be gone. When dealing with creaks and squeaks you need to apply a couple of WD-40 squirts. Be sure to spray every joint so that it soaks in the middle.
For something a little more European consider adding Antique English Hinges. These H shaped steel cabinet door hinges have a very ornate finish to them that will add old world charm to your kitchen bathroom or pantry area. Ornamental hinges are another good choice for visible or surface mounted cabinet door hinges. These come in a wide range of styles including butterfly and Art Deco. When selecting new hinges you want to keep a few things in mind. First whats the style of your kitchen? Is it modern traditional country or retro? What kind do you have now and what hinges would not only look good but also properly support the door so it doesnt sag or even fail over the time.