Of all the emails, live chats and phone conversation that we have you, our customers, by far the most common question is some variation of:
- "What hinge do I need?"
- "What hinge do I have?"
- "My hinge is stamped with some numbers, can you tell what it is?"
To all of these types of questions we almost always reply - "Can we see a photo of the hinge you are trying to replace?" And we really don't mind responding to these questions, we want you to have the best and fastest experience possible and the majority of the time being able to see the hinge is the best way for us to identify it, but not always the quickest for you!
So at the SaliceDirect conference table (just a couple of upturned cardboard boxes) we decided to put our heads together to come up with something for you to identify your hinges. After numerous cups of tea and cueing the music way too many times we came up this:
How to Identify your Hinge
1. Measure the size of the hinge cup
Doing this first will narrow down the possible choices of hinge. To measure the cup size either measure the hole in your cabinet door or measure the cup on the hinge itself .
There are three possible size of cup that your hinge could be:
- 26mm - If it is this size you have a mini hinge, the range can be found here.
- 35mm - If it is this size you have a standard cup hinge, the range can be found here.
- 40mm - If it is this size you have a Series F hinge, the range can be found here.
2. Is your hinge full, quarter or half overlay, or is it inset?
The overlay refers to how the cabinet door sits over the frame. The type of hinge you have is dependent upon the type of overlay that your cabinet has. In the image below the diagram shows a top down view of a cupboard frame (carcase) and the door. If you can work out what your cupboard type is like you can order the matching hinge.
You can also work out what hinge you need by looking at the arm of the hinge, this is where the differences appear for the different overlays.