Open and Shut: Häfele’s Quick Guide to Today’s Hinges

Post Sub­mit­ted by: Häfele Amer­i­ca
A door opens. A door shuts. Sim­ple, right? Well, not so fast. The hinge as we know it has been in exis­tence now for thou­sands of years. But the care, crafts­man­ship and func­tion­al­i­ty which has gone into ensur­ing these imper­cep­ti­ble lit­tle won­ders of hard­ware work flaw­less­ly, day-in and day-out, has come a long way over the years. 

Whether for framed or frame­less cab­i­nets, stan­dard or heavy duty appli­ca­tions, the wide array of hinges today are not one size fits all—instead there’s a near infi­nite vari­ety to choose from. Once the cab­i­netry style is decid­ed upon, then you can decide the pur­pose, func­tion­al­i­ty, style and fin­ish that best suits your needs. 

A Hinge with a Pur­pose
Know­ing what your door will be doing—and in what environment—is your first step in deter­min­ing the best fit for your par­tic­u­lar appli­ca­tion. A frame cab­i­net kitchen with upper and low­er swing doors is easy. Frame­less, European-style kitchen cab­i­netry need­ing a screw mount­ed, con­cealed hinge with inset appli­ca­tion and soft close using a mate­r­i­al oth­er than wood? That too can eas­i­ly be done these days. But you def­i­nite­ly need to know that before embark­ing down the road to hard­ware bliss.

Hinge Func­tion­al­i­ty
Besides choos­ing things like mount­ing options and over­lay, many of today’s hinges come with an incred­i­ble amount of func­tion­al­i­ty and per­son­al­iza­tion built right into each piece. First and fore­most, you can choose your open­ing angle with a stag­ger­ing degree of pre­ci­sion (exam­ple: 94°, 110° and 155°) allow­ing you to give the exact right amount of access to your cab­i­nets while avoid­ing oth­er envi­ron­men­tal obsta­cles such as appli­ances. Some of the lat­est hinge inno­va­tions cur­rent­ly on the mar­ket from com­pa­nies like Sal­ice and Grass include indi­vid­ual hinges which offer three-way door adjustment/alignment, inte­grat­ed and adjustable soft close or self-close and push-to-open func­tion­al­i­ty.

Fin­ish­es and Styles
In medieval times, hinges were like the infa­mous Hen­ry Ford quote about the Mod­el T: you could have them avail­able in any col­or you want­ed as long as they were black (or, more appro­pri­ate­ly, wrought iron). Luck­i­ly, the avail­able fin­ish­es of hinges have evolved to include nickel-plate (which is still pret­ty much the stan­dard) and tita­ni­um which is a dark brown fin­ish that coor­di­nates well with dark­er woods. Depend­ing on the hinge cho­sen, many options on the mar­ket today offer a vari­ety of avail­able cov­er caps which can fur­ther increase cus­tomiza­tion and per­son­al­iza­tion.

Through every appli­ca­tion and need, hinges by Häfele offered by Multi-Housing Depot offer qual­i­ty hard­ware which has been rig­or­ous­ly test­ed to meet or exceed indus­try stan­dards. Most impor­tant­ly though, these are hinges which your res­i­dents will enjoy using for many years to come.

Multi-Housing Depot’s brand, Aca­cia Cab­i­net­works, uti­lizes a soft-close hinge with a 110 degree open­ing as a stan­dard fea­ture for all cab­i­nets. They are 6-way adjustable and come with a life­time war­ran­ty. For more infor­ma­tion on Aca­cia Cab­i­net­works, please vis­it our web­site.

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