Homeowner’s Guide to Cabinet Hinges
By: Julie Day
Surface Mounted Overlay Hinges
Surface mounted overlay hinges have one side attached to the front of the cabinet frame, and the other side attached to the back of the cabinet door. Depending on the design, when the cabinet door is closed you may see a decorative plate on the cabinet frame or just the knuckle and pin of the hinge.
Surface mounted hinges attach with screws and don’t require drilling a mortise hole. Overlay hinges come in self-closing and free swinging varieties. One advantage of these hinges is that they can fit varying amounts of door overlay.
Uses: Face frame cabinets with overlay doors.