Door Hinges / September 28, 2018 / Pauline Francoeur.
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.
These were large tapestries that were hanging in front of a big hole in the wall. They would block the entryway to a room and had to be pushed out of the way every time you wanted to go in or out. Going further back in time were large rocks that would have to be rolled in front of the door and then rolled away or pieces of wood that were pulled in front of the doorway and pushed back every time you wanted to go in and out. While it did the general job of a door it was a very inconvenient and very heavy way to go. These images illustrate why we should be thankful that someone finally came up with the great idea to make a more easy to use access to a room namely a door on door hinges.
You can then get a sense of which works best for you from the standpoint of design and décor before going through the effort of replacing all the cabinet door hinges in the home. Recently there have been major advancements in how European cabinet door hinges operate. As the improvisation process of how kitchen cupboard doors open and close continues we now have what is known as the soft-close feature. Leaders in the cabinet accessories manufacturing industry like Julius Blum Nisko Silentia and Grass America have all designed their own versions of the soft-closing 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.