Homeowner’s Guide to Cabinet Hinges

Surface mounted inset hinge.
Surface mounted inset cabinet door hinge.

Surface Mounted Inset/Lipped Hinges

Surface mounted inset/lipped hinges are similar to surface mounted overlay hinges, except they’re shaped to fit the 3/8” wide and deep rabbet on lipped doors. One side of the hinge attaches to the surface of the cabinet frame, and the other side attaches to the back of the cabinet door.

Surface mounted inset hinges can be designed with a decorative plate that’s visible when you close the cabinet, or with a semi-concealed design that only shows the knuckle and pin. They may be self-closing or not, depending on the variety.

Uses: Face frame cabinets with inset/lipped doors.

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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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