The Complete Guide to Cabinet Hinges: Types, Installation & Maintenance

Overlay Hinges

Overlay hinges are the most common type of cabinet hinge. They are mounted on the back of the cabinet door and frame, and the door overlays the cabinet opening. Overlay hinges come in different sizes to accommodate different overlay sizes, such as full overlay, half overlay, or inset.

Inset Hinges

Inset hinges are used with inset cabinet doors where the door is set into the cabinet frame so that it is flush with the cabinet surface. These hinges are typically concealed when the cabinet door is closed, providing a clean and seamless look.

European or Euro Hinges

European hinges, also known as Euro hinges, are commonly used in modern cabinetry. They are adjustable and allow for easy installation and removal of cabinet doors. European hinges are typically concealed, providing a clean and minimalist look to the cabinet.

Butt Hinges

Butt hinges are one of the oldest types of hinges used for cabinets. They consist of two rectangular metal plates joined by a pin and are visible when the cabinet door is closed. Butt hinges are often used for cabinets with a more traditional or rustic style.

Barrel Hinges

Barrel hinges, also known as pivot hinges or knife hinges, are designed for cabinet doors that swing out and wrap around the cabinet’s edge. They provide a unique and stylish look to cabinets, and the door can open a full 180 degrees.

Concealed Hinges

Concealed hinges are designed to be completely hidden from view when the cabinet door is closed. They are often used in modern and contemporary cabinetry, offering a sleek and minimalist appearance.

These are some common types of cabinet hinges, each with its own advantages and considerations. The choice of hinge depends on the specific cabinet design, style, and functionality desired.