Kitchen cabinets sustain a great deal of use and abuse, and eventually it becomes necessary to have them repaired. In many instances, the process involves replacing the cabinet’s hinges. There can be a lot of confusion about terminology when discussing this topic, so here are a few frequently used terms:
- Concealed hinge – This is a type of hinge affixed to the interior of the cabinet, connecting the door frame or cabinet wall to the door itself. Also called a hidden hinge, this type is invisible from the outside, enhancing the visual appeal of the cabinet.
- Self-closing hinge – Normally containing springs, these hinges automatically shut the cabinet door once it has been released—this can be handy in busy kitchen environments.
- Continuous hinge – A very long single-unit hinge that allows for a wide range of motion. Also called a piano hinge due to its traditional use on that instrument.
- Butt hinge – Seen on many kinds of doors, butt hinges are composed of two interlocking plates that are connected by a pin.
The Pacific Kitchens Difference
This is an area of home improvement in which we’ve accumulated a great deal of expertise: Pacific Kitchens has been in the cabinet refacing business for years in the San Diego area. Our streamlined refacing process usually takes only a matter of days to make cabinets seem like new.