Homeowner’s Guide to Cabinet Hinges

White frameless kitchen hanging cabinets with full overlay doors.
Frameless kitchen cabinets with full overlay doors.

Choosing the right cabinet hinges can be a daunting task, with many different options available, depending on the type of cabinets and doors you have. From fully concealed frameless hinges to semi-wrap overlay hinges, the terminology alone can send your head spinning!

This cabinet hinge primer will help you decide which kind of hinge is right for your cabinets.

Read on to find out about different cabinet hinges.

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    • Hi Marsha,
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  1. Really like this website; it has been very helpful.

    Is there a tool that can bore the hole need for the installation of the European hinge? If so, can you recommend a good one?

  2. When using 3/8 inch surface mounted self closing hinges and mounting them to the cabinet frame, do I need to kick the spring out just a tad to make it sit flat ? If that makes sence?
    Thank you !

  3. I installed the partial semi wrap around hinge on my doors but it does not close all the way. Need help with installation. My doors used to have zek wrap around so these were similar since the ones I had are obsolete. Thanks

  4. I have 1/2 semi-wrap overlay cab. door hings. I refinished the doors and reinstalled the hings.now some of the doors they will not close all the way. I cannot figure how to correct them. HELP

  5. We repainted our bathroom vanity and changed the color of hinges to chrome or satin hinges. The doors were also repainted. When we purchased the new hinges we made sure the holes all lined up. Now we cannot get the doors to close as before because the they appear too wide. We think there is a hinge problem. Any suggestions to help us?

    • Hi, James,
      Here’s “Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford’s answer to your question:
      “You may have to remove the screws on this cabinet style. Fill those holes with putty and then reinstall the doors to allow proper clearance. Touch-up painting may be required.”
      Thanks for your question.

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