CABINET HINGES >> GLOSSARY
- CONCEALED - Concealed (or European style) cabinet door hinges are not visible when the cabinet door is closed. This type of hinge requires a large hole to be bored into the back of the door in which the hinge cup rests. Euro style concealed hinges come in versions used on face-frame type cabinets and others that are used on frameless (panel) cabinets. Both styles require mounting plates to mount the hinge arm to the cabinet, however, some face-frame versions come as a one-piece unit.
- INSET - Inset cabinet doors and drawer fronts extend into the cabinet opening when closed. Full inset means the entire thickness of the door or drawer front extends into the cabinet opening and is flush with the outside of the cabinet frame when fully closed. Partial inset means that only a portion of the door or drawer front thickness extends into the cabinet, as in 3/8" inset. With this design, the edge of your cabinet doors have an "L" shaped edge around the entire perimeter of the door.
- MOUNTING PLATE - The mounting plate (or baseplate) is the piece that attaches a concealed hinge to the cabinet. They can be face frame mounting or mounting on the side of the cabinet panel.
- OVERLAY - The overlay is the distance that the cabinet door extends past the actual cabinet opening. The cabinet doors are wider and taller than the cabinet opening in order to cover the cabinet opening and lay flat against the cabinet face frame or ends of the side panels on frameless cabinets. Learn how to measure the overlay.
- WRAP - Wrap hinges are face frame mounted hinges that "wrap" around the edge of the face frame and screw to the inside edge or back of the frame. They can be half-wrap or full wrap and can be overlay, partial inset or full inset.
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