Door Hinges / October 10, 2018 / Voleta Lemelin.
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.
For example you can get ones that are made from brass that have a lovely polished finish or others that are crafted out of bronze that feature an oil rubbed finish that is a deep maroon color perfect for a house that has more of an antique type look going on throughout it. Door hinges can be made from other materials as well including stainless steel copper and aluminum to name a few. Alone each is pretty pleasing to the eye but the different finishes that they have can make them even that much more beautiful. Some of those finishes include Venetian bronze satin nickel polished chrome burnished brass bright nickel dull chrome and a slew of others.
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.
This means you may once again want to go with three door hinges instead of the traditional two for the extra stability they will afford. If you hear a squeaking door sometimes its not that it needs oil its that its too heavy for the two hinges its being held by and needs a third one. You can solve the problem by doing just that adding a third door hinge to relieve some of the stress. Remember you want substantial hinges. These items will be getting a work out day after day in your home and you want ones that will hold up to the test of time. You get what you pay for so you may want to pay for more door hinges that will do the job you need them to get done and do it right. Theyre small and inconspicuous but they really hold a room together.