Finding the Best Value Hinge Hardware

by Leroy Calstard

There are so many different types of hinges available at your local home hardware store that it can be very confusing. It’s difficult to know which hinge is the right one for your project.

You should start by considering what you want to do with the hinge. Ok so everyone will want to open something with a hinge, but I mean you should consider the size, weight and materials which are being used. You also need to decide whether the hinge needs to be elegant or durable.

Another important factor which you need to consider is that some hinges cannot be reversed. This means that they can only be used for right hand or left handed doors depending on the hinge. A loose pin hinge is just like this, the pin must be placed in the top which means it cannot be reversed.

Stand on the outside of the door and you will be able to decide whether you need a right or left handed hinge. If your door opens from you towards your right hand side then you need a right handed hinge. If it opens from you toward your left hand side then you need to buy left handed hinges.

You also need to consider how much of the hinge you want to be visible when the door is closed. If the hinge is left showing then it needs to be decorative, or can it just be simple? If you want a concealed hinge then will this be possible with your requirements?

We’ll look at some of the most popular forms of hinges used along with the popular applications for them. If you do have any questions then you should talk to a salesperson at your home hardware store.

A back flap hinge is similar to a butt hinge but is smaller and normally used for furniture.

A ball bearing hinge is great because it is lubricated. These are much more expensive and are normally only used for heavy duty applications due to the expense, such as external doors. These are also useful for heavily used doors.

A common butt hinge can be between 13 and 150mm in size. There are two different varieties of these, rigid pin and loose pin designs. The loose pin design can have the pin removed fairly easily. These are used to mount regular doors and cabinet doors. If your door opens onto shag carpeting then you should consider using a rising butt hinge.

A butterfly hinge is used on fairly light weight doors. There are many different designs.

A double acting hinge is useful as it opens in either direction, this is used mainly for folding doors.

Flush hinges are not as strong as butt hinges and are normally used on cabinets. This should only be used on light doors.

Offset blind hinges can allow the door to open fully and swing away. These are normally seen on screen or storm doors.

Parliament hinges have the hinge pin protruding the face of the door.

Pivot hinges are versatile and are normally used for recessed doors, flush doors or overlay doors. These do not require a door frame for mounting.

Spring loaded hinges contain a spring which automatically closes the door. You can also purchase hinges with adjustable tension options.

There are also a wide variety of specialty hinges including T hinges, continuous hinges, and strap hinges. Continuous hinges are good for use on cabinet hinges or chest lids which need a long hinge, these are also known as piano hinges.

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