Understanding hidden doors hinges and their advantages
Hidden door hinges are hinges that are concealed from view after installation. They are also known as concealed door hinges and are available in many hardware stores.
Concealed hinges that allow for adjustments are a great innovation in hinge technology since unlike conventional and traditional hinges, no parts stick out of wall-door-boundary space.
They enable room to achieve a clean and flaw-less finish. There are hidden door hinges that allow the door to open up to 180 degrees and be adjusted in all directions (width, height and depth).
Apart from aesthetics, concealed hinges ensure structural sturdiness of the furniture pieces in which they are installed. Hidden hinges are applied in the following areas:
- In kitchen cabinets, concealed hinges are hidden inside the cabinets. The type of hidden hinges lets the cabinet door fit inside the cupboard carcass and allows the door’s edge to be in line with the cabinet edge.
- Bedroom furniture such as cupboards and wardrobes also use hidden hinges. Just like in the kitchen, the concealed hinges allow the cabinet doors to tuck inside the frame.
- There are desk height cupboards and tall wardrobe-like cupboards in almost all offices. Hidden hinges here allow the cupboard door to cover the cabinet frame. Display cabinets fitted with glass doors also use hidden hinges.
- Shop floor displays, just like kitchen and bedroom cabinets, use overlay and inset concealed hinges.
Types of hidden hinges
There are many varieties of concealed hinges made to accommodate various types of furniture. However, all of them give our furniture a uniform look.
Type of door and the design used to make the furniture determines which type of hidden hinges should be used. Furniture pieces with inset doors need a particular type of hidden hinge.
Flame-less or half overlay door require another different type just as glass and display doors need their specific types of hidden door hinges. Below are the most common types of hidden hinges:
This is among the mostly used types of hidden hinges. Overlay concealed hinges are often used with furniture that have a door and a face frame. The door completely overlaps the frame and there are grooves on its back.
There are face frames in most of the available traditional cabinetry. Overlay hinges are therefore used depending on the positioning of the door.
Most kitchen, bedroom, office cabinetry(and almost every type of cabinetry) use overlay concealed hinges as they ensure full adjustability.
Full inset hinge
This type is usually found in furniture with face frames. It is used with a door that is inset and flushes with the frame. Inset hinges are available in two varieties: Partially concealed and fully concealed hinges.
The partially concealed hinge is a non-mortise inset hinge that is partially visible after the door has been closed. The fully concealed hinge is a non-mortise inset hinge which is invisible after installation and after closing the door.
Non-mortise implies that there are no grooves or holes needed on the furniture to install the hinges.
Fully overlay hinge
This type is installed on furniture without a face frame. If the door completely overlaps the edges of the piece of furniture, a fully overlay hinge is the best to use.
The popularity of this hinge type is also due to the ease of installation of overlay doors. Fully overlay hinges are adjusted with ease to fit preferred measurements.
Half overlay hinge
Commonly used in kitchen, bathroom and bedroom furniture, half overlay hinges are installed if the door overlays only parts of the edges of the piece of furniture. It has a slightly angled arm and this angle allows the door’s edge to cover part of the furniture’s side edges.
Frame-less inset hinge -It is suitable for all kinds of furniture with a door that is inset and flush with the side edges.
Frame-less inset hinges are also available in non-mortise varieties, some of which work with both face frame and frame-less furniture pieces.
What else to consider when selecting hidden door hinges
There are other factors that you should look at when choosing which type to buy. If the carpenter has experience installing a wide variety of hinges, then he is likely to be able to install hidden hinges.
There are different brands of concealed hinges. Some brands offer non-mortised varieties of hinges, others may only sell mortise hinges. Hinges that need mortise can be a little challenging to install.
Most types of hidden hinges come in varieties that are non-mortised, which are easier to install even if the individual is not well experienced. It is good to take time when choosing the best type of hidden door hinges for your purpose.
Advantages of using hidden door hinges
When compared to traditional hinges, hidden door hinges offer some advantages.
These advantages include:
They are easy to install
A majority of concealed door hinges are made to clip on and off. This enables you to undertake their installation without any tools.
Tasks such as cleaning cabinets, adding shelves and changing doors which would otherwise require you to call a professional are made much easier.
Slight imperfections are common when making furniture and installing associated hardware. Concealed hinges allow door adjustments to be done easily to compensate for these imperfections.
Using a hidden hinge on your cabinet door can help you to hide minor mistakes done during the construction. For example, even if the door is hanging a little to one direction, you may not notice it until you see a crooked hinge on the outside.
Many European concealed hinges provide a toll-free clip-on mechanism that makes it possible for doors to be mounted and de-mounted easily.
This mechanism also makes installation much easier, a great advantage when performing maintenance tasks like cleaning the cabinets and adding or removing shelves.
They make the door “hidden”
This is bigger than it sounds.
A hidden door hinge is designed to be hidden or concealed from view even after closing the door. Hidden doors are often used in the kitchen cabinets, small bathrooms, bedroom closets and work studios.
The advantage here is that the door can be decorated just like a wall and this allows for continuity in a room.
Hidden door hinges make it possible for you to meet your personal aesthetic requirements.