With the amount of current door hardware options available, it can be a bit confusing choosing the right hinge for your cabinet or door. Hinges come in different sizes; when it comes to selecting a hinge for a door, there is a variety of information that you need to know like; weight, size, clearance, door thickness etc. Here we take a look at the seven most common modern hinges and their uses.


The T-hinge is not recessed to the door but is flush mounted. These hinges are often used to hinge on garage doors, chest lids and other utility-related jobs. The horizontal section of the hinge goes to the door frame, and the vertical section is screwed into the door.

Butt Hinge

This type of hinge is usually used on both interior and exterior doors due to its clean look. It has screw holes and two rectangular leaves; both leaves are linked together by a metal or pin rod. If you remove the pin, and the leaves will separate from each other, which is ideal if you ever want to remove the door. The leaves are recessed or mortised: one is in the door framework and the other mortised into the edge of the door. The leaves butt together or meet when the doors are closed, showing only the pin.

Double Acting Hinge

Several special-purpose UES Int hinges are of interest; specifically, a double-acting hinge which is made for dividers to fold flat for storage or fold in different directions. There are two forms of double acting hinges; one that has two knuckles and loose-jointed leaves; the second form is more confusing to understand but simply put, it’s designed to allow the doors to fold both ways.

Strap Hinge

The strap hinge consists of two long narrow leaves. Strap hinges come in several sizes, both small and large. Strap hinges are perfect to use where you have a lid of any kind that you want to be hinged in the centre.

Soss Hinge

A soss hinge is ideal for folding doors, shutters and cabinets. They are heavy duty but can be more complicated to install compared to other hinges.

Cabinet Hinges

Cabinet hinges are designed for three types of doors: flush, overlay and lipped. Flush doors stay inside the frame. An overlay door is designed so that the cut is bigger all the way around than the opening; this specific design allows for the edges to rest on the frame of the cabinet. The lipped door is where the lip has been cut entirely around the door.

Butterfly hinge

Butterfly hinges are specifically designed for flush-doors only. They can add a decorative, unique touch, especially if your cabinet is made from brass.

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