Homeowner’s Guide to Cabinet Hinges

Decorative surface mounted hinge.
Decorative surface mounted cabinet door hinge.

Decorative Surface Mounted Hinges

A wide variety of decorative hinges are available for both flush and 3/8” inset doors. They attach to the outside of the face frame and cabinet door, with both sides of the hinge visible when the door is closed.

Decorative hinges may be butterfly shaped, “H” shaped,” or “T” shaped. Most decorative hinges are for flush doors, but offset options are also available for 3/8” inset doors. These hinges are usually not self-closing and are better suited for lighter weight doors.

Uses: Face frame cabinets with lipped or flush doors.

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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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