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Flush Hinges

Installing hinges on a flush door surface will leave you with several choices when choosing how you want your doors to look and how you want them to be mounted. Below are several of the most common hinges you will want to use. Each describes its uses and advantages. Click pictures to go to D. Lawless Hardware and purchase. New window will open.

surface mount hinge information



A flush european hinge will not be visible from the outside of the cabinet, unlike more common overlay european hinges this hinge allows the cabinet door to fit flush with the frame providing a flat and clean look to your cabinet front.









pivot hinge





Barrel Hinges are completely invisible when a flush mounted door is in the closed position. The hinge is only visible when the door is in the open position. This is a great hinge to use if you want to give your cabinets a smooth, clean look.




A Pivot Hinge is a hinge that pivots on a single point. Only the single pin on top and bottom supports the weight of the door , so depending on the weight of the door, panels wider than 18-20" are not recommended. The length of the door, however, is of less concern. This style hinge is typically seen on entertainment centers using a variation that holds a glass pan el..


barrel hinge information


Butt Hinges are the most commonly used hinges when it comes to mounting residential doors. This is the "utility" hinge of cabinetry and construction. Plain and functional.

  • In a typical installation, butt hinges will have to be mortised. Only the knuckle will show.
  • When installing cabinet doors, butt hinges can be surface mounted, but they are slightly ugly mounted this way. Flat head screws are used for mounting.

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butt hinge information

A Surface Mount Hinge has both leaves secured to the surface of the door and frame. It is one of the easiest hinges to install because you don’t have to chisel out a mortise. A surface mount hinge is normally decorative and referred to by its design or shape, as in "butterfly" or "H" hinge. Round head screws are recommended for mounting.



two leaf hinge


Two leaf hinges consist of two independently pivoting leaves that will rotate 360 degrees. These are sometimes used as a non-mortise butt hinge. But, more often, these are used as a swivel for a framed mirror hanging in a yoke as in a dressing mirror or a vanity mirror.






Non mortise butt hinges are used to avoid the need to cut a mortise into the wood door and frame. Since one leaf fits inside the other, the thickness of the hinge is reduced sufficiently to allow a very small space between the cabinet door and the frame similar to what is common to a mortised mounting.
non mortise