Homeowner’s Guide to Cabinet Hinges

By: Julie Day
Concealed or European hinges.

Concealed or European hinges on face frame and frameless cabinets.

Concealed or European Hinges

Also called 35mm hinges for the diameter of the mortise hole in the cabinet door, European hinges are fully concealed behind the cabinet door, so they’re not visible when the door is closed. Boring the hole in the door for the hinge can be a challenge, but if your doors already have it, these hinges are a cinch to install. They’re self-closing and usually easily adjustable.

Uses: Available for both frameless and face frame cabinets, and most standard door overlays and insets.

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  • gary Says:
    January 15th, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I have 1/2 semi-wrap overlay cab. door hings. I refinished the doors and reinstalled the hings.now some of the doors they will not close all the way. I cannot figure how to correct them. HELP



  • Daniel McCoy Says:
    April 5th, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    I installed the partial semi wrap around hinge on my doors but it does not close all the way. Need help with installation. My doors used to have zek wrap around so these were similar since the ones I had are obsolete. Thanks



  • bonnie Says:
    December 29th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    When using 3/8 inch surface mounted self closing hinges and mounting them to the cabinet frame, do I need to kick the spring out just a tad to make it sit flat ? If that makes sence?
    Thank you !



  • Nilda Rivas Says:
    November 18th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Really like this website; it has been very helpful.

    Is there a tool that can bore the hole need for the installation of the European hinge? If so, can you recommend a good one?


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    April 21st, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Hi Marsha,
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  • MarshaK Says:
    April 21st, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Your print friendly doesn’t work so well. It onlys shows the first paragraph or so. Not the whole article.


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