European Style Cabinet Hinges for Your New Kitchen European Style Cabinet Hinges for Your New Kitchen
There are many different kinds of kitchen cabinet hinges available. European style cabinets are generally considered to be “concealed” hinges since once the cabinet is shut, no part of the hinge is visible. Read on to learn more about this tyope of hinge to determine whether it s right for you.
The Basics of European Hinges
You can recognize European hinges by their heavier, T-shaped look. The smaller part of the T attaches the hinge to the cabinet, and the longer part helps it open/close. There is also a cup-shaped gap in the middle of these two parts, which is why they are also called European cup hinges.
These hinges are commonly available in two sizes: 25 and 36 mm. If you are making purchases for your new kitchen from IKEA, the cabinet hinges available would most probably be European Style. Since they will be completely concealed most of the time (when the cabinet is shut), you need not worry about the aesthetic impact this may have on your kitchen.
European hinges are usually available in steel or zinc with plating of nickel or brass. Nickel-plated hinges are easier to clean than brass and are therefore a better option for kitchens.
Why Use European Style Hinges?
The non-visibility aspect of the European hinge gives it a major aesthetic advantage over all the other types such as butt hinge, butterfly or flush. You can also easy adjust the hinges in 3 different dimensions merely with a Philips screwdriver, an option that no other cabinet hinge offers! There are separate screws for each kind of adjustment - up/down, left/right and in/out. Therefore, there is little need for any measurements during adjustments, and you can simply tweak the screws to find the best fit. Due to the protruding cup, you will have to drill a hole for it in the cabinet, but there are European style hinges that you can simply clip onto the kitchen cabinet.
Different Options within European Hinges
You can use European hinges in framed or unframed cabinets. There are 3 main ways to maneuver your hinge: full-overlay, half-overlay and inset. For this, you need to know which kind of cabinets you have installed. If the door of the cabinet completely covers your frame, then use the hinge as full overlay. Half overlay is used when only half of the entire frame is covered by the cabinet’s door and has another door covering the rest of it.
Lastly, if the door is inserting itself completely into the cabinet, meaning it is “within” rather than on top of it, then you can use full inset hinges. This last option is useful if you are looking for a neat and compact look for your kitchen. You can use European style hinges in framed or even frameless cabinets, but make sure you pick out the ones manufactured as per your requirements.