"Eurohinge" Replacement

Introduction

So you have a broken hinge. You've been to the big box hardware. The hinge they sent you home with doesn't work. The reason is that European hinges come in a bewildering array of shapes, sizes and brands. Identifying the correct hinge for your application may not be easy. In my store, we stock 40+ choices of "Eurohinges" from three brands. Designing for European hinges is a topic for the manufacturers. Here, I'd like to address hinge replacement.

One of our most difficult challenges is guiding a customer to the correct replacement hinge for his application. We usually have to send the customer home for some measurements. I hope that his page helps you get the correct replacement hinge on the first trip to our store. If you are not in our geographic area, here's a tip: The item numbers in the charts are Rockler's item numbers. You can get these from Rockler on line or in one of their local stores. I do not have the actual manufacturer's item numbers.

Face Frame vs. Frameless Cabinets

The first question is: which style cabinet do you have? A face frame cabinet has frame around each of the openings. This looks more traditional and perhaps a bit more formal. On the other hand, a frameless cabinet has box walls that extend all of the way to the front edge of the cabinet opening. The look is more modern, also described as "Euro" or Scandinavian.

Click on the image that best describes what your cabinet box would look like without a door.

Face frame cabinet A face frame is like a picture frame around a cabinet opening. The hinges are mounted to the frame

Frameless Cabinet A frameless cabinet has no face frame and the hinges are mounted directly to the cabinet's walls

Face frame: Inset vs. Overlay

Now let's look at how the door is hung on the cabinet. Is the entire door inside and flush with the face frame? Then it is inset. Otherwise, is the door overlapping the edges of the face frame? Then it is overlay.

click on the image that best describes how your door is hung.

Face frame cabinet with inset door An inset door is entirely inside, and flush with the face frame.

Face frame cabinet with overlay door An overlay door sits outside and in front of the face frame.

Face Frame Inset Hinges

This table shows the face frame hinges available for inset applications. I only stock the first one.

Face FrameBrandOverlayAngleItem
Snap closeIn
Stock
Blum120°55941
Snap closeSpecial
Order
Blum110°35676
Snap closeSpecial
Order
Salice110°38458

Face Frame Overlay Hinges

Now we have to determine the overlay for your cabinet. The faceframe figure shows a dimension "A". We need to know this dimension in order for the door to fit correctly. Measure from the inside edge of the faceframe to the outside edge of the door. Some of the hinges below will work in a range of overlays. While that seems ideal, these are more difficult to adjust satisfactorily. Ideal is that the exact overlay is listed.

Face FrameBrandOverlayAngleItem
Economy
Snap closeIn
Stock
Blum3/8"105°55902
Snap closeIn
Stock
Blum1/2"105°55910
Snap closeIn
Stock
Blum3/4"105°55918
Snap closeIn
Stock
Blum1-1/4"105°31329
Snap closeIn
Stock
BlumVariable105°31329
Clip-on
Snap closeIn
Stock
Blum3/8" - 5/8"120°31329
Snap closeIn
Stock
Blum1/2" - 3/4"120°55933
3/8" Lipped Doors
Self closeIn
Stock
Salice110°24964

Frameless Cabinets

Frameless cabinets have terminology similar to faceframe cabinets. The biggest difference is that overlay is described as how much of the cabinet wall is covered. Full overlay, as the name implies, covers the entire edge of the cabinet wall (approximately 3/4" overlay). Half overlay, on the otherhand, allows a 3/16" gap between adjacent doors hung on the same wall. Following is a sketch of the different door hanging possibilities. Frameless cabinet

FramelessBrandOverlayAngleItem
Free swinging
Free SwingIn
Stock
BlumFull120°55817
Free SwingIn
Stock
BlumHalf120°55825
Free SwingIn
Stock
BlumInset120°55833
Snap close
Snap closeIn
Stock
BlumFull120°55793
Snap closeIn
Stock
BlumHalf120°55801
Snap closeIn
Stock
BlumInset120°55809
Snap close, wide open
Snap closeIn
Stock
BlumFull170°55840
Snap closeIn
Stock
BlumHalf170°55847
Snap closeIn
Stock
BlumInset170°55856

Terminology

  • Face Frame Cabinet

    Face frame cabinet A face frame cabinet has a (usually) solid wood frame around each cabinet opening.

  • Frameless Cabinet

    Frameless cabinet A frameless cabinet has walls that extend to the edge of the cabinet opening.

  • Inset Door

    Inset Door An inset door lies fully within the frame of the cabinet when closed. These doors are usually mouted flush with other frame components.

  • Overlay Door

    Overlay Door An overlay door rests outside of and on the door frame. It's dimensions are larger than the opening.

  • Overlay

    Look at the Overlay Door sketch above. The Overlay is the amount the door overlaps frame components. The dimension "A" is the overlay dimension.

Specialty hinges

This page provides directions for identifying replacement hinges for most of the cabinets out there. Of course, there are many, many more applications than a standard door on a cabinet face. Further, I have not dealt with new construction of cabinets. If you don't see what you need in the guide, bring your hinge and door in and we'll take a look at it and hopefully be able to guide you to a proper replacement.

We do not style ourselves experts at Euro hinge replacement or installation. But we have quite a bit of experience from actually working through dozens of replacement problems with our customers. Stop by and we'll do our best to find a solution to your needs.

Another excellent resource is Rockler's website.