Installing Inset Hinges in Kitchen Cabinets

Inset hinges are popular for kitchen and bathroom cabinets use, and can also be found in some home-entertainment systems. These hinges are designed to be concealed while still properly securing the door to the cabinet. Instead of the doors to the cabinets jutting out, these hinges allow the doors to be flush with the cabinet face when closed. If you are looking to acheive this look, here are a few things you should bear in mind:


If you have standard cabinets and want to create a more modern look, you may have to order new doors for the cabinets. Traditional cabinet doors aren't designed to fit inside the cabinet face, and simply using an inset hinge will not work. You can convert the existing doors by cutting and shaving them if you are willing to put the work in to it.

Use the Template

When you purchase inset hinges most of them will come with templates. There's a good reason for this. You want to be able to lay the door down on a flat surface to mark it with the template. The hinge needs to line up perfectly both on the back of the door and on the inside of the cabinet. The template is the easiest way to achieve this.