The advantages of concealed hinges for cabinets
When creating a beautiful kitchen or piece of furniture, you don’t want anything to detract from the finished appearance. The hinges used need to be concealed from view, while making sure the doors are stable and smooth when opened and closed.
A door with concealed hinges is strong and functional, with a streamlined appearance. There’s no visible hardware to diminish the furniture’s appeal and the hinge can be fitted with soft-close damping, hidden within the cupboard for minimal obstruction.
Benefits of concealed hinges:
1. Hidden from sight on the furniture
2. Adjustable after hanging for stability
3. Secured safely inside the furniture
4. Ability to remove doors with hinge intact
5. Soft-close which can be integrated
What type of concealed hinge should you choose?
The type of concealed hinge you need depends on the door overlay. To achieve the desired door overlay, choose a hinge of the appropriate cranking. Concealed hinges with specific hinge arms are available for different door overlays.
Here are the most common door overlays:
- Full overlay – For single cabinets or those at the ends of a series of cabinets. Use a hinge with 0mm cranking.
- Partial overlay for double doors – When two doors share the same partition. Use a hinge with 5mm or 9mm cranking.
- Inset door – For doors that are flush with the face of the cabinet. Use a hinge with 15mm or 17mm cranking.
Once you know the required door overlay, you can use this to select mounting plates of the right thickness and choose the correct drilling distance. The through side adjustment and door clearance and gap should be calculated to achieve the functionality required.
What mount is needed with concealed hinges?
The hinge mount describes the process of fixing the hinge on the door to the mounting plate on the furniture.
Mounting is fast and easy with concealed hinges, as they are engineered for ease and high performance. You will need to fit the mounting plate, which may already be prepared as part of the furniture manufacture. There are three types of mount:
3Way snap-on (T-type): intuitive hinge-to-plate assembly in three directions (front, rear, and top).
Snap-on (S-type): the door is assembled on the cabinet side by snapping in the two hooks on the outer part of the mounting plate.
Slide on (B-type): The hinge arm slides over the mounting plate. The hinge adjustment must fit into the groove on the mounting plate.
Key-hole: Wide angle hinge where the screw slots into the appropriate hole on the hinge arm.
3Way snap-on mounting is the most tolerant to misalignment and can be adjusted, making these concealed hinges some of the most versatile and easy to use. With a 3Way snap-on mount, the T-type is the easiest concealed hinge to mount, especially on tall, heavy doors.
Soft-close concealed hinges
Integrated soft-close damping is one of the features that sets concealed hinges apart. The damper is contained within the hinge and is adjustable from the outside. This allows you to make sure all doors in a unit operate with the same closing speed. With Titus products, you can select integrated soft-close damping for all 3 hinge types. It’s also possible to select a standard concealed hinge with the option to add on soft-close when required.
We hope we’ve given you good overview of the types of concealed hinges for cabinets. If you’re a furniture manufacturer or fitter looking for the right hinges for your products, get in touch on 01977 682582 or email email@example.com