How to Add a Semi-Concealed Overlay Hinge to Wood Cabinet Doors

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What You'll Need

Adding a semi-concealed overlay hinge to wood cabinet doors is a great way spruce up your cabinets, whether in the kitchen, bathroom or dining room. Semi-concealed hinges are mostly hidden from view, so unlike the average hinge, is not so much of an eyesore to see. They are also sturdier than average hinges, which is a big plus considering the fact that the cabinet doors are constantly being used.

Step 1 - Mark the Placement Lines

Before placing a semi-concealed hinge onto a cabinet door, you have to first measure and mark the place where it will go. Begin with the bottom hinge, measure up 3-inches and make a mark. Repeat from the top of the door , making a mark at exactly 3-inches. This will ensure that the top and bottom hinges are exactly the same from the top and bottom of the cabinet door.

Step 2 - Attach the Hinges to the Door

Once again begin with the bottom hinge. Line the bottom edge of the hinge up with the line that you have made. Use a level to ensure that they hinge is properly positioned, and then drill pilot holes into the wood where the screw holes will be. Tighten one screw at a time, making sure that the hinge stays flush with the edge and level to the wood cabinet door. Repeat these steps for the top hinge, making sure that the top of hinge follows the line that you previously made.

Step 3 - Hang the Cabinet Door

Place the door up to the cabinet, and measure to make sure that it is centered on the hole that it will be covering. Mark the holes where the screws will go with a pencil, and once again drill some small pilot holes.

Step 4 - Hang the Cabinet Door

Place the cabinet door into place, lining the holes in the hinges with the holes that you just predrilled. Secure the top hinge with one screw and the bottom hinge with one screw. Do not completely tighten them because you will need to make some adjustment if your measurements have not been exact.

Use a level to make sure that the cabinet door is level to the cabinet face. Also close the door to make sure that it closes properly. If it does, tighten the screws and secure the hinges in place with the rest of the screws. If the door needs adjusting, do this before you tighten everything down.