Design help - hinges for a buffet cabinet

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01-12-2012 02:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hinges buffet question cabinet soss blum

I’ve started to design a buffet table/cabinet for our dining room. I’m really excited about this project because it’s one where I can really see how my design will tie into the rest of the room as we’ve been doing a lot of new decorating there.

I’m torn about which hinges to use for the cabinet doors, however. I’ve worked a fair amount with Blum hinges and am very familiar with their installation. And I love love love their soft-close.

On the other hand, this project is meant to be a piece of furniture rather than cabinetry, and therefore I want the hinges to be more special, something along the lines of the SOSS concealed hinges. I’ve never used them before, but by all accounts they move very smoothly 180 degrees. The downside is there is no soft-close.

I’m just getting hung up on the soft-close thing I think. Using the Blum hinges makes the piece feel less like furniture, but at the same time I really like the soft-close. I’m not sure if there’s an elegant way to incorporate a soft-close mechanism if I use the SOSS hinges. What to do?

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#1 posted 01-12-2012 04:15 AM

your question got my curiosity piqued.

I thought maybe the answer was black euro hinges, but I couldn’t find any. I hadn’t known there are generic soft close gizmos. Hey!

I also learned that they only work with hinges that are self closing.

It’s your call—soft close, and euro knuckles inside, or something else—and there are quality hinges out there that look good on furniture—that doesn’t close with a whisper.

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