How to Install Hidden Hinges in Cabinet Doors

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How to Install Hidden Hinges in Cabinet Doors
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Hinges installed on cabinet doors can go on the inside or the outside of the door. If you do not want to have hinges showing on the outside of your cabinet doors, you can install hidden hinges. Hidden hinges are also called European hinges and are used for many types of cabinet installations.

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Things you need

  • Template
  • Pencil
  • 8mm eyelet
  • 35mm eyelet
  • Power drill
  • Screws
  • 2 dowels
  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Place the template that came with the hinges on the top and bottom of the inside of the cabinet door.

  2. 2

    Trace the pattern for the hinges on the door with the pencil.

  3. 3

    Drill two 8mm holes and one 35mm hole with the power drill, using the 8mm eyelet and the 35mm eyelet.

  4. 4

    Insert the screws through the holes on the hinges and place the dowels over the tips of the screws.

  5. 5

    Align the screws on the hinges with the two 8mm holes you drilled into the cabinet door in step 3. Press the hinges into the holes. Tighten the screws by turning them ¼ turn with the Phillips-head screwdriver to the stop position.

  6. 6

    Set the door up against the cabinet and tighten the screws to secure the mounting plate. Press the tab at the end of the hinge to separate the door from the hinge. Continue turning the screws until you have secured the mounting plate.

  7. 7

    Repeat steps 1 through 6 to install the remaining hinges.

Tips and warnings

  • Hinges can come in full overlay or half overlay designs that provide a 5/8-inch or ¼-inch gap on the hinge side of the door.

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