How to Remove Cabinet Doors With European Hinges

Updated February 21, 2017

European hinges, often called "concealed hinges," have been become increasingly popular in the past two decades for their quality and design. An added feature is that they allow the adjustment or removal of a cabinet door without affecting the door's alignment. Whether you are replacing a door or refinishing the cabinets, when it becomes necessary to remove a cabinet door equipped with European hinges, it's a simple procedure to complete.

Move the door to be removed to the fully open position.

Support the door with one hand and use a screwdriver to loosen the small adjustment screw at or near the end of the extended lower hinge arm by turning the screw counterclockwise approximately two to three full rotations. This screw is typically set in an elongated slot.

Repeat Step 2 for the upper hinge, then push the door inward to slip the hinge arms from the hinge mounting plates and remove the door.


To prevent altering the door adjustment when it's reattached, loosen the hinge's smaller adjustment screw only to the point that the hinge arm is freed from the mounting plate.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
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Paul Massey has been writing since 2009, drawing on a 35-year career in the construction industry. His experience includes 15 years as a general building contractor specializing in architectural design, custom homes, commercial development and historic renovations.