Simple DIYs: How to Hide Hinges

By elamon | Band Saw Basic

Aug 12

If you are looking to give your cabinets a more modern look, one of the things you would have to consider is getting rid of visible hinges. Hidden hinges have become a part of today’s furniture design. It’s hard to come across any furniture with hinges that has got it placed on the outside. Whether you agree to this or not, you cannot argue is gives furniture a lovely aesthetic feel.

These hidden hinges are generally called European hinges. It is characterized by two main pieces. One of the pieces sits comfortably on the inside walls of the cabinet while the other sits on the side part of the cabinet’s door. A mounting clip often connects both of these pieces together. If you are looking for your next DIY project around the house, this could be a good place to start off. Here are simple steps you should try out.

To get started, you will need to get the European hinges, appropriate screws, screwdriver, a pencil, measuring tape/ruler, power drill – preferably a 35-millimeter Forstner bit

Take Measures of the Cabinet

The first step to take would be to measure the height of your cabinet doors. With this measurement, you will be able to determine the number of hinges you would need for each door. Unless you are dealing with a very small cabinet, you would need more than one hinges. You can work with this principle: if the door is as high as 40 inches, you would need two hinges for each door. Any height above 60 inches would need three hinges, even spread from top, middle, and bottom.

Mark the Hinges Location

Once you are able to determine its height and gotten the appropriate number of hinges, proceed to mark the location of the hinges on the cabinet. If you are working with two hinges, take a measurement of 3 inches from the top and mark it. Do the same from the bottom of the door and mark the 3 inches mark. Once this is done, you can repeat same with the insides of the cabinet. To get a more accurate marking on the door and cabinet, hold up the marked door and mark off the exact same level on the insides of the cabinet.

Measure Screw Holes on the Hinges

Obviously screws will hold the hinges firmly in place. For this reason it is important to get the measurements right. Ensure you crosscheck the exact screw holes on the hinges and the cabinet walls and door before proceeding to drill.

Install the Mounting Plate

The hinges consist of several components and the mounting plate acts as the base. Remove the mounting plate and align it with the holes you have drilled. The holes are usually fastened with 5/8-inch screws. The same should be done for the hinge part on the door.

Mount the Door

Gradually you are getting close to finishing up with this. Hold the door up and try to align it with the cabinet. Hold the door in its open position and hook the hinges together. With just a firm press on the bars, they should snap into place easily. You should check if you did this right by closing the door.

Make Necessary Adjustment

Unless you are a natural, you may see that you would need to make few adjustments to get the door to lap firmly against the cabinet. Use the screws to get the perfect fit by screwing clockwise to bring the door closer to the cabinet. To get an opposite reaction by pulling door away from cabinet, turn screws counterclockwise.

Test the Cabinet

You are done with the installation. Hopefully you did it well and you should have no problems opening and closing the cabinet. Remember that the only difference between a hidden and visible hinge is in its location. You know what to expect from a cabinet hinge. With this in mind, you know exactly how perfect your hidden cabinet hinge should perform.

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