In the last few years, door-mounting hardware from Europe has become a very popular alternative. The so-called "Euro hidden hinge" is now widely used as the standard kitchen cabinet door hardware.

The hidden hinge usually requires a 35mm hole drilled in the door. That task seems a bit challenging to some people but it's a straightforward process.

There is a learning cui-ve when working with the hidden hinge. For instance, these hinges are classified with terms such as full overlay and half overlay. That simply means how much the door covers the cabinet side member (gable end). The third type of hinge is an inset style that is used to mount the doors flush with the cabinet face.

Parts of a Hinge

The hidden hinge comes in two parts: the hinge, or boss, which is mounted on the door; and the mounting plate, which is attached to the cabinet side or gable end of the cabinet.

The boss is attached to the mounting plate with a screw or a clip pin (clip-on). The clip-on method is becoming popular because you can remove the door from the mounting plate without disturbing any adjustments.

Degrees of Operation

Hidden hinges are also classed in terms of degrees of opening. For standard door applications, the 100° to 110° opening hinge is common. But .you can purchase hinges that will allow the door to open from 90° to 170°. The term simply refers to the number of degrees of swing that the door can open from its closed position.

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