Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Kitchen cupboard hinges are key part of any refacing projectby Jim Sloan
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
When refacing your kitchen cabinets, you might think the hardest decision is what type of wood or design to choose for your new cabinet doors. That's because you haven't started thinking about what kind of kitchen cupboard hinges you'll need to hang those doors.
What determines the type of kitchen cupboard hinges you need?
Styles of kitchen cupboard hinges
There are literally hundreds of different kitchen cupboard hinges made by manufacturers such as Amerock, Blum, Grass, Hickory Hardware, Salice and Youngdale. The most contemporary hinges--European style--account for more than 200 different styles alone.
Some hinges are completely hidden, some are partially hidden and some are completely visible and have a powerful impact on the overall design of your refaced kitchen cabinets. The degree of visibility determines how your kitchen cupboard hinges are installed: Some are surface mounted and some are inset into the frame and cabinet door. European style hinges can be installed on inset cabinet doors, overlay doors and partial inset doors.
Finishes include bronze, brass, nickel, gold, steel, pewter and wrought iron. Many manufacturers offer different colors and styles from which to choose among each of the finishes.
Tips for choosing the right hinge
With all these variables, here are the essentials to keep in mind when choosing your hinges:
Finally, you have to take into consideration the cost. How much are hinges? The least expensive are a couple of dollars, whereas higher-end hinges can run more than $10 each.
About the Author
Jim Sloan is a freelance writer in Reno, Nev.