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Choosing Kitchen Cabinet Door Hinges

by Amy Fanter
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Replacing or refacing your kitchen cabinets? Regardless of what kind of kitchen cabinet doors you have, choosing new door hinges is an important part of the kitchen cabinet renewal process.

Here's a basic overview of kitchen cabinet hinges to get you started on the path to choosing new kitchen cabinet hardware.

Face-Frame or Frameless?

Before you choose your new kitchen cabinet hardware, you'll need to know what kind of cabinets you have. The reason? Some hinges are designed specifically for frameless and face-frame cabinets. If your kitchen cabinets have flush or inset doors and concealed hinges they are considered European or frameless, while face-frame kitchen cabinets have a wooden frame on the face of the cabinet.

How Many & What Kind of Hinges?

There are two primary kinds of hinges, mortise, and non-mortise. Mortise hinges are permanent. When you choose a mortise hinge, your new kitchen cabinet door and frame will be cut out to attach the hinge. A non-mortise hinge is not set into the door. With this style, the hinge is simply fastened to your new kitchen cabinets with screws.

In addition to knowing if you'd prefer a mortise or non-mortise hinge, you'll also need to know the size and weight of your kitchen cabinet doors, because that will dictate the number of hinges you need. For example, a small, 11 pound, 40" cabinet may only require two tiny hinges, while an 85", 48-pound cabinet will require 5 hinges for maximum stability. Finally, keep in mind that you'll also need to consider which side of your kitchen cabinets your hinges will be mounted on, as hinges are specifically designed for use on either right or left hand doors.

Armed with these basics, you'll be well on your way towards choosing the right hardware for your new kitchen cabinet doors. 

About the Author
AJ Fanter is a freelance writer based in Reno, Nevada.

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