Explaining Concealed Kitchen Cabinet Hinges

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Image via Centsational Girl

To the average home owner a kitchen hinge is simply just a hinge, and they don’t need to know any more about the subject, but when the problem of a broken hinge arises it can be a difficult task to know exactly which hinge we will need for our cabinet.

There are many different types of hinges available on the market, but for Kitchen, Bedroom & Office Furniture you will generally find concealed hinges used. Concealed hinges are as the name suggests, they are hidden from view so that you only see the surface of the door. Concealed hinges offer great adjustment that allow for varied drilling / fitting patterns.  When choosing a Concealed hinge you need to establish the Overlay required, there are three simple options:

1) Full Overlay  hinge sits flush over cabinet front  
2) Half Overlay hinge is used when two doors share one cabinet end
3) Inset Door hinge used when the door is recessed in the cabinet


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Concealed hinges are available in various opening angles


Concealed hinges are also available with different cup sizes

26mm Ø cup hinges are used for domestic furniture

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35mm Ø cup hinges are the most commonly used

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40mm Ø cup hinges are used for extra thick doors

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To maximise on storage, some furniture manufacturers s may of used concealed hinges that offer solutions for those non-standard cabinets, here are a few examples

1) Bi-Fold hinge is mainly found on cabinets fitted with Carousel units

2) Angled hinges are used for 30° & 45°corner cabinets

3) Blind Corner hinges are used for mounting inset doors to a flush panel

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All Concealed hinges are available in either Clip On or Slide On versions

1) Slide On hinge – the hinge slides on to the mounting plate and is secured by tightening the fixing screw

2) Clip On hinge – ideal for doors requiring multiple hinges per door, very little alignment required

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Mounting Plates

All Concealed hinges locate onto a mounting plate that is fixed to the cabinet side panel, mounting plate are generally screwed to the side panel and come in a variety of heights. The height of the mounting plate determines the overlay of the door, this can differ when different end panel thicknesses are used. Further information would be supplied by the hinge dealer / manufacturer.

1) Cruciform Mounting Plate 37mm in from front edge

2) Cruciform mounting plate 28mm in from front edge

3) In-line mounting plate 37mm in from front edge

Mounting Plates




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*Please note that this information is based on Agostino Ferrari hinges, other brands may vary.

Author Bio: This article was provided by Ryan Hirst who writes helpful guides and tips for Eurofit Direct on their blog

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