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Choosing The Right Hinge For Your Glass Cabinet

Updated: May 15, 2021

This guide walks you through all the options, and helps you choose the right hinge for your project. The best place to start is to figure out what type of cabinets and doors you have because that's typically how hinges are broadly categorised.


1. Determine Cabinet Type

There are two basic types of cabinets (with corresponding hinges):

Face-frame cabinets - Face-frame cabinets incorporate a frame (often made from 1-1/2" to 2" wide solid wood) that is attached to the front edges, or face, of the case. Hinges mount to this face frame. This is the most common style in American cabinets.

Frameless cabinets - Frameless cabinets are essentially a four-sided box, typically made from 3/4" thick stock. Hinges mount to the cabinet interior. Frameless cabinets also are sometimes called Euro-style cabinets.


2. Determine Door Overlay

Door overlay has to do with the position of the door in relation to the cabinet opening. The configurations for frameless and face-frame cabinets are slightly different.

These are the overlay types for face-frame cabinets

Overlay: Overlay doors on a Face Frame Cabinet doors do exactly what the name implies: They cover the cabinet opening completely, overlapping the cabinet case or face frame on all sides.

Inset: Inset doors, by contrast, fit entirely within the cabinet opening and sit flush with the cabinet sides or face frames when in the closed position.


These are the overlay types for frameless cabinets:

Full Overlay: A full-overlay door covers all or nearly all of the front edge of the cabinet. This overlay type typically is used for doors at the ends of a cabinet. Half Overlay Cabinet: This overlay type is commonly used in the middle of a run of cabinets where the doors share a single partition wall. This hinge will allow the door to cover half of the partition wall (or approximately 3/8"). Don’t confuse this with 1/2" overlay, which will allow a door to cover up the cabinet or face frame by 1/2". Inset Cabinet: Inset door on frameless cabinets fit within the cabinet opening and sit flush with the front edges of the cabinet.


3. Decide the hinges for your cabinet

Check out https://www.glassdesignmalta.com/shop?Collection=Cabinet+Hinges for the best hinge collections in Malta.

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