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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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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