Kitchen Door Hinges

Kitchen door hinges are a special type of hinge that is hidden from view. Because they are hidden they give a modern, clean design look to kitchen cabinets.

Compared to the good old butt hinge, concealed hinges are a godsend. They offer a very easy way to adjust your cupboard doors as there is a three dimensional adjustment for height, depth and sideways movement. And once the door adjustments have been made, they stay that way – even when removed and re-attached numerous times!

Concealed hinges also offer the benefit of being able to remove your doors for cleaning etc without having to remove any of the hardware.

How do I choose a concealed hinge?

Concealed hinges come in two types. Face frame or frameless. Face frame kitchen door hinges mount to the outside frame of a kitchen cabinet and frameless kitchen door hinges mount to the inside wall of a kitchen cabinet.

Face frame and frameless kitchen cabinet types - Images courtesy of Rockler

Frameless Hinges

Frameless concealed hinge and cabinet - Images courtesy of Rockler

Frameless kitchen door hinges are attached to the inside cabinet frame.

Frameless hinges cover many different applications. There are hinges for bifold doors, corner cabinets, blind corner cabinets, aluminium doors, angled doors etc.

There are also different types of frameless hinges. Selecting the appropriate type will depend on the application you need it for. The different types are;

  • full overlay (full crank)
  • half overlay (half crank)
  • inset

Kitchen Door Adjustment

Concealed kitchen cabinet hinge

A concealed kitchen door hinge is used on this frameless cabinet

The adjustment of kitchen doors may baffle you when you first set your eyes on the hinge mechanism but in reality they are very easy to adjust once you know which screw does what.

Adjusting them is a breeze. They are adjustable in 3 dimensions. You can adjust the height, depth and sideways movement. This range of adjustment helps overcome any difficulties encountered in the installation of the cabinets such as racking, cabinets out of square etc.

So, without further ado, here is how you do it.

Concealed cabinet hinge depth adjustment - Images courtesy of Rockler Depth Adjustment

Lets you bring any style of kitchen door into line with the vertical surface of the kitchen cabinet

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Concealed cabinet hinge height adjustment - Images courtesy of Rockler Height Adjustment

Lets you align door levels across a row of doors so they match precisely at top and bottom

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Concealed cabinet hinge side adjustment - Images courtesy of Rockler Side Adjustment

Adjusts the gaps between doors, cabinets and walls for perfect parallel alignment

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Face frame hinges

Face frame concealed hinge and cabinet - Images courtesy of Rockler

Face frame door hinges are attached to the cabinet frame.

Concealed face frame door hinges offer a better solution than their fiddly to adjust, butt hinge counterparts.

A face frame kitchen cabinet is usually framed by a 50mm (approximately) piece of timber. It is attached to the cabinet perimeter and the cabinet door sits inside this frame. The face frame hinges are mounted to the face frame.

Face frame hinges come in two types and it all depends on your requirements for door adjustment, degree of opening, cost and door overlay size.

Types of face frame hinges

2 way face frame concealed hinge Type 1 - Images courtesy of RocklerThe first type offers 2 way cabinet door adjustment (up-down, left-right). Door overlays of 9mm (3/8″), 12mm (1/2″), 19mm (3/4″) and 32mm (1 1/4″) or variable overlays and is low cost. Click here for larger image.

3 way face frame concealed hinge Type 2 - Images courtesy of RocklerThe second type offers 3 way cabinet door adjustment, (up-down, left-right, in-out), door overlays of 6mm (1/4″), 16mm (5/8″), 12mm (1/2″), 19mm (3/4″) and full inset overlays. This type has a higher cost. Click here for larger image.

Features & benefits

  • are designed for cabinets with face frame construction
  • can be used for small and large door overlays
  • fast assembly and adjustment
  • can be made with or without a self-closing mechanism

OK then, now you have no excuse for having sagging, out of alignment doors in your kitchen. Go and dig out your trusty screwdriver and have a go at it. Adjusting them is easy once you know how!


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