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Choosing the Right Cabinet Hinges

While shopping for cabinet hinges may not be the most exciting task, it is an important one. Hinges protect the cabinets and allow them to open more smoothly and efficiently. Most homeowners don't notice their hinges, or those of others, unless they are installed poorly or matched inappropriately. For this reason, it is important to make sure that you select your cabinet hinges carefully and that they are both the right type of hinge - and the right style. Here is a step-by-step guide to purchasing kitchen cabinet hinges, with explanations about when to use full wrap hinges, self closing hinges, black cabinet hinges and more.

  1. Take a Look Inside - If you're making changes to existing cabinetry, you need to make sure that the new cabinet hinges will match your existing cabinetry. Examine your cabinets to evaluate if they have a face frame or no frame. If you do have a face frame, are the cabinet doors on top of the frame around the edges, or are they at a partial or full inset from the frame? The answers to these questions will dictate whether you buy partial or full wrap hinges. Similarly, while most cabinet doors need two kitchen cabinet hinges, there are times when you'll need more. If your doors weight over 11 pounds each, or if they are higher than 43'', you may actually need three or four cabinet hinges for each door.
  2. Evaluate the Hardware - Now, it's time to figure out exactly which type of cabinet hinge you'll need. If you have face framed cabinets, you'll want full wrap hinges. For frameless cabinets, partial wrap hinges will be fine. You should also decide if you want self closing hinges, which prevent the doors from swinging or demountable hinges, which allow for easy door removal and change. Think, as well, about whether you want exposed or concealed hinges. The most common type of purchase is the concealed, full wrap hinges, but perhaps you want to create a more rustic look with exposed hinges.
  3. The Look Says It All - Once you've made decisions about the hardware, it's time to think about the aesthetics of your cabinet hinges. For a modern decor, enjoy chrome cabinet hinges or nickel hinges. These hinges include a high gloss shine and a modern look. For a traditional look of beauty, use warmer hues such as copper, bronze and brass. One way to create a modern look that won't go out of style quickly is with black cabinet hinges. This hue allows you to remodel and redesign the kitchen space a number of times, without having to change the black cabinet hinges to another finish. This is a great choice, particularly if you are putting the house on the market or hope to make more changes in the near future for your own use.
  4. Purchase for a Rainy Day - After evaluating your space, your finish preferences, and your hardware needs, it's time to make the purchase. Count up the exact number of kitchen cabinet hinges that you believe you'll need, and then overbuy! While you may be sure about the number that you need, it's always preferable to have a few extra kitchen cabinet hinges. This will allow you to replace hinges, as necessary, without making another purchase, or to have extras as needed.

With these four simple steps, you should be on your way to selecting the appropriate cabinet hinges. Enjoy shopping for cabinet hinges and have fun transforming your kitchen space!

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