DIY Dictionary: Euro-Style Hinge

What’s a Euro-style hinge? A Euro-style hinge—also referred to as a ‘cup,’ ‘concealed’ or, even, ’35 mm’ hinge—is a piece of hardware that does the…

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What is a Euro Hinge?

A Euro-style hinge—also referred to as a “cup,” “concealed” or, even, “35 mm” hinge—is a piece of hardware that does the work of a hinge, but does so “undercover.” One part of the hinge is mounted to the back side of the door and is secured by boring a 35-mm hole, inserting the cup part of the hinge into that hole and securing it with screws. The other “half” of the hinge is surface-mounted inside the cabinet. Working in tandem, they allow the door to open and close without being seen from the outside. There are dozens of different versions that determine how far the door can open, how much the door can weigh and other factors. Most Euro-style hinges have adjustment screws that allow you to alter and fine-tune the fit of the door in multiple directions.

If you’re used to installing traditional leaf-style hinges, Euro-style hinges can initially seem intimidating. But once you get the knack of installing them—and, if you like the clean look—you may never go back to leaf-style hinges again.

Check out this guide to Euro-style hinges.

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