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Popular kitchen cupboard hinges explained

Concealed Hinges are used in every kitchen cupboard, but most people don't know that unfortunately there is a huge choice of types and sizes for all varieties of uses, and before replacing a hinge in your kitchen you need to specifically identify the one you will need. We have listed 3 types of hinges used commonly in kitchens across the UK:

Common hinges used in Kitchens

Full Overlay Concealed Hinge - This style of hinge is used by most kitchen manufacturers as it completely hides/conceals the cabinet that the doors are attached to. It will have a straight arm when you look at it and it allows the cupboard door edge to be completely in line with the edge of the cabinet. It is fully adjustable using 3 little screws which will finely adjust all the angles and allow the door frame to be totally concealed and fit together snuggly.

Half Overlay Concealed Hinge - Very similar to the full overlay hinge, but it only allows for half of the cabinet to be on show, hence the name half overlay. In comparison to the straight full overlay hinge, the half overlay will have a bend in the arm which allows the cupboard door edge to cover half the side panel, leaving the other half exposed. This specific type of hinge is often used in bedroom cupboards as well as in kitchens.

Inset Concealed Hinge - This style of hinge is visually very different to the first 2 as it will have a large crank in the arm and this allows the cupboard door to be inset, or set inside, the cabinet frame showing the outer edge of the cupboard fully. You normally find these hinges on traditional solid wood furniture as they nicely expose the wooden frame around the cupboard door. You also find these hinge used with glass doors like kitchen display cabinets.


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