When should you replace your cabinet door hinges? Whenever they stop working well. If your cabinet doors squeak, shut, or sit awkwardly on top of the cabinet frames, it’s time to consider replacement kitchen cabinet hinges - and probably replacement kitchen cabinet doors too. If you already plan to replace cabinet doors, be sure to upgrade your door hinges as well. You would be amazed how much a quality door hinge - like soft-close Blum hinges - improves your cabinets.
When choosing the right hinges, you'll need to know if you have frameless or face frame cabinets and if you have inset, partial overlay, or full overlay cabinet doors.
An overlay is the space where your cabinet door overlaps with your cabinet. This means a hinge with a 1/2" overlay only works on a door that is 1" wider than the width of the opening it is covering and 1" taller than the height of the opening. To measure your overlay, measure the width and height of the cabinet door opening then measure your current door. The difference will be the current overlay.
The best hinge for frameless and face-frame cabinets is a soft-closing hinge. Our Edge Mounted Soft Close Compact Blumotion 38N Hinge and the Clip Top 110+ Soft Closer, Full O Inserta Hinge are both soft-closing and allow you to turn the soft closing mechanism on and off. However they both require a face-frame.
Installing concealed hinges is relatively easy to do on your own and can be completed in seven easy steps. Before installing your hinges, you'll want to ensure you have the necessary tools, including a power drill, drill bit for pilot holes, Phillips drill bit for screws, a 35-millimeter Forstner bit, and a Pozidriv screwdriver. From there, you can use our recent blog on How to Install Concealed Cabinet Door Hinges to help guide you through the process.
Yes. Whether you're looking to fix a cabinet door that won't close, adjust the overlay, or adjust the hinges on two doors that rub together - the process is simple and easy to do on your own. Before you make any adjustments after installation, you'll want to find the problem so you know what adjustments to make. To learn more, click here.
Yes, both of these hinges are soft-closing. Choosing a soft-close option will protect your cabinet doors from damage, reduce noise associated with slamming doors, and enhance the overall design of your cabinets and hinges.
The three most popular cabinet hinges are inset, partial overlay, and full overlay. The two options we offer at CabinetDoors.com are both overlay hinges with a 1/2" overlay.
A full overlay hinge is designed to allow a cabinet door to completely cover the face frame of a cabinet. While an inset cabinet hinge is designed to allow the cabinet door to flush with the face frame.