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Forum topic by BB1 posted 09-30-2018 02:12 AM 475 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2018 02:12 AM

I am working on a couple of cabinets to be placed next to a Murphy bed. I have the case and doors about done and need to determine the location for the hinges. I believe I am okay with just two hinges as the doors are about 38 or 39 inches in height and weigh somewhere around 8 lb. Is there a particular location that would be recommended? From what I have been able to research, it appears that there is no set “rule” – I would appreciate feedback from the LJ.

This is one of the cabinets with the hinges I plan to use:


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#1 posted 09-30-2018 02:38 AM

No rules. Your doors are borderline needing 3 hinges. If they are fitting good, I would just use 2.

When I used hinges like that, I went down/up about 3”

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#2 posted 09-30-2018 02:53 AM

2-3” for a door that high is good as long as it is not warped.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-30-2018 03:29 AM

Thank you both for the replies. When I was looking at location for visual appeal, I think I was around that distance. And thankfully the door is very flat – no warp (1/4 inch plywood with oak frame).


No rules. Your doors are borderline needing 3 hinges. If they are fitting good, I would just use 2.

When I used hinges like that, I went down/up about 3”

- CWWoodworking


2-3” for a door that high is good as long as it is not warped.

- Jim Jakosh


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#4 posted 09-30-2018 02:57 PM

As said, no rules 8^) BUT I have read some design books that mention aligning the outboard edges of the hinges with the top of the rails (these were small cabinet doors, about 12” high). In you case, the rails are relatively thin and I think the location you show looks perfectly fine and is a good support choice for a door of that length. If you were to use three hinges to control warping, I’d probably recommend moving the top/bottom hinges out 1” more.

Either way, it all comes down to what looks good and your setup looks good!

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#5 posted 09-30-2018 03:16 PM

I always put mine at 3”

Go take a look at your kitchen doors and see where they have them.

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#6 posted 09-30-2018 03:40 PM

I’ve always done mine at 4”. Don’t have a clue why, but that’s what I settled on years ago. I also use the European style hidden hinges, even though I still have about a hundred pair of Amerock hinges like you are going to use.

I thought those hinges went extinct when the European hinges first hit the continent, something like the Native Americans almost did at first contact with Europe…............ Jerry (in Tucson)

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#7 posted 09-30-2018 11:36 PM

Got the hinges installed and a knob. Much thanks for all the replies. Still working on some stands that these will be placed on. Hope to have the whole Murphy bed and side cabinets ready for a project post sometime in October. Has been a bigger project than I imagined!!

These are actually opposite of final…knobs will be on side nearest murphy bed (which will be in the center)

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