There are many, many different types of hinges for many different applications including inset, butt, concealed and European to name a few. In this article, we will be discussing partial wrap overlay hinges and how to easily install them.
Partial wrap overlay hinges come in different types – 1/4” overlay, 3/8” overlay, 1/2" overlay and variable overlay. They also come in many different finishes such as nickel, chrome, bronze and brass, and can be spray painted, if desired, to match any décor or cabinet pulls.
1/4" partial wrap overlay hinges are for doors that will overlay the sides of the cabinet opening by 1/4" and are mainly used in cabinets without face frames. They are great for tight spaces, and are the hinges used in the installation example.
3/8” partial wrap overlay and 1/2" partial wrap overlay hinges are basically the same as 1/4" partial wrap overlay hinges except that they allow the cabinet door to overlay the sides of the cabinet opening by 3/8” and 1/2" respectively, and are used on cabinetry with face frames. Though they can be used on cabinets without face frames, there is the possibility of not having enough space and the hinge will hang over the side of the cabinet. They also come in a variety of finishes, and are really easy to install.
Variable overlay hinges can be used with any type of cabinet door regardless of the overlay and they do not have a “wrap”. They can be used with doors that overlay by 1/4", 3/8”, 1/2" or even 1”, if necessary. These hinges also come in a wide variety of finishes (even in white!) and are easy to install. They have a flat plate that secures to the door and a sort of oval shaped “wing” that attaches to the cabinet face frame.
How to Install Partial Wrap Overlay Hinges:
Partial wrap overlay hinges are hinges that partially “wrap” around the cabinet side then secure to the door with a plate. The “wrap” is an L-shaped piece on the hinge that, in my opinion, makes installation a breeze!
Mark the position for the hinge on the back face of the door. Pre-drill the holes for the screws, then install the screws securing the hinge to the door. Do this for both hinges on the door.
This step may require an extra set of hands… Open the hinge and position side of the door over the side of the cabinet. Mark the position of the hinge and pre-drill the holes. Repeat the process for the other hinge. Secure the hinge to the cabinet using the screws, then make any necessary adjustments.
That is all there is to installing partial overlay hinges… To me, they are the easiest to install and making adjustments with these hinges (so the doors line up, etc.) is even easier. Stay tuned for future articles where we will discuss a different type of hinge and its installation!