Door Hinges / October 10, 2018 / Voleta Lemelin
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.
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.