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.
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.