Choosing the best cabinet hinge

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Forum topic by SchottFamily posted 09-17-2011 10:18 AM 1206 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2011 10:18 AM

In my limited cabinet building experience (read that as 2 builds), I’ve only ever used insert type European hinges. My only reason is that they’re idiot proof when it comes to aligning the doors to get a professional looking gap. I’ve never had to consider utility when selecting hardware.

I’m working on a project now where I need the cabinet doors to open fully in order to give access to cleats mounted inside of the doors as a place to rest a large dry erase board. Are 270 degree hinges the best way to go for a faceless cabinet in this application – aesthetic wise? Will a piano hinge work better (for the weight; with large doors and the added weight of the dry erase board)?

I’ve been surfing for the last two hours and I haven’t found a satisfactory answer, so I thought I’d better suck it up and ask for help.

Thanks in advance!


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#1 posted 09-17-2011 06:02 PM

I use Blum hinges most often. Full variety of options and adjustability.

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