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Tools and Materials for Installing Hinges

Before you begin any project it is important to make sure you have the tools necessary to complete the project in an efficient and timely manner. This applies especially when you are installing hinges. Without the proper tools it is very likely that you may waste much of your valuable time or simply make an error that could end up costing you money as well as time. Below is a list of tools you may need depending on what type of hinge you are installing. The list is not exhaustive, but with these tools you should be able to handle almost any installation.

  • Tape measure – As with any project, correct measurement is a must.
  • Pencil
  • Hinges – For help picking the best hinge for your project, simply consult our “Hinge Types” and “Hinge Finishes” pages to find the hinge that will not only function perfectly but will look great too.
  • Hammer
  • Wood Chisel – You will need this for projects in which the hinge needs to be mortised.
  • Matching Screws – We have a section dedicated to helping you pick out the correct screws that is very helpful. Remember, certain screws should be used for certain jobs and the screw finish should always match your hinge finish.
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver


Now that you know all the materials you'll be needing for your project, let's move on to installing your hinges. Will you be installing door or cabinet hinges?