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.
So named because they are shaped like the letter T the horizontal part attaches to the frame and the vertical part to the door. These hinges can also be plain and functional or ornamental. If you dont want to see the hinge at all you can try a Soss hinge. These door hinges are commonly used on folding doors. Both sides are recessed into the door so it is completely concealed. One of the most popular of door hinges is the spring loaded or self-closing hinge because when mounted the door will close on its own. This type of door hinge is extremely popular in kitchens because people are frequently opening and closing cabinets. Once you choose your type of hinge you can choose the finish that will really bring your room together. Select from chrome brass bronze or nickel all in polished brushed antiqued or oil rubbed forms and match your hinges and cabinet knobs. Never underestimate the strength of door hinges or their ability to finish the look of a room.
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.