Surface mounted overlay hinge.
Surface mounted overlay cabinet door hinge.

Surface Mounted Overlay Hinges

Surface mounted overlay hinges have one side attached to the front of the cabinet frame, and the other side attached to the back of the cabinet door. Depending on the design, when the cabinet door is closed you may see a decorative plate on the cabinet frame or just the knuckle and pin of the hinge.

Surface mounted hinges attach with screws and don’t require drilling a mortise hole. Overlay hinges come in self-closing and free swinging varieties. One advantage of these hinges is that they can fit varying amounts of door overlay.

Uses: Face frame cabinets with overlay doors.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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