How to Fit and Install a Concealed Hinge

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  • 1-15 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 10-500
What You'll Need
Concealed hinges
Mounting screws
Screw driver
Tape measure

Installing a concealed hinge can add beauty and grace to your kitchen cabinets. A concealed hinge is also know as a European hinge.

Step 1 - Measure Your Cabinet Door

The height of your cabinet doors as well as their placement will determine the number of concealed hinges that will be installed in each door. For instance a 12-inch high cabinet door would only require two concealed hinges to be installed on each door where as a 42 inch cabinet door would require three concealed hinges.

Step 2 - Drill Your Mounting Holes

For a cabinet door that only requires two concealed hinges you will drill your mounting holes three inches down from the top and three inches up from the bottom of your door. To drill your holes appropriately for a concealed hinge you will need to use a "Forstner" bit that will not punch a hole all the way through your cabinet door. Your hole will need to be 1 1/4 inch in diameter and will need to leave a 1/4 inch reveal in the outer edge of your cabinet door.

Step 3 - Install Your Hinges

Place your concealed hinge into the mounting hole that you drilled and attach it with the mounting screws provided with your hinge.