How to Install Overlay Cabinet Hinges in My Kitchen?

How to Install Overlay Cabinet Hinges

Think about the least talked about part or section in your kitchen. There will be a lot of things coming into your mind but cabinet hinge is probably not one. Right? Well, believe it or not, this neglected part can give a dramatic change into your kitchen cabinet without you have to do anything too extra. The trick here is to hide those hinges.

I’m not telling you to get rid of them completely. Instead, try a hinge that is not visible and trust me, you’ll be surprised by the final look.

Let’s talk about how to install overlay cabinet hinges, the ones that give hidden benefits…

How to Install Overlay Cabinet Hinges

Silverline Face Frame Cabinet Hinge

I still remember my friend suggesting getting an overlay cabinet hinge. Honestly, I did not notice until she told me the visible hinges really needs to go. And that’s when I knew there’s another to-do thing to add in my re-do list. Let’s talk about how I managed to install these below.

Measurement & Marks

For this step, you are going to need a combination square. Use it to line back of the door. You should draw a line that is parallel with an edge for hinge-side and inset 7/8 inch.

Now from top and bottom edge, you should make the marks come across this line. The center of hole for hinge cup is the intersection mark gotten from these lines. This is for a hinge cup that recesses into the door.

Drilling & Installing Hinge Cups

You will require a Forstner bit of 35 millimeters at this point. This is for the cup’s flat-bottomed hole section. On the bit’s side, you should mark a line upward. This should be a depth line ½ inches above the area.

The placement should be on center point. Until hitting line, you should bore into the door. The shavings need to blow out at this point. The flange of hinges should touch surface of door. You should test-fit the cup to ensure so. The remaining cup holes need to be drilled after that.

Now place the cups into holes that you made. Using a rafter square position, it for aligning the hinge. Now you need some pilot holes. These should go through screw holes. You’ll find them in the cup’s both side’s flanges. Use a self-centering drill bit here of 7/64 inch. Now for anchoring every cup, use 5/8 inch of wood screws. Simply drive these into the holes.

Placing Mounting Plate

Keeping gaps even on all sides, simply shim the door in place. You should measure the gap as well. It needs to be 1/16 inch, which is the standard measurement. Now get rid of the door.

Using a combination square, you need to mark next. Use the square to make a vertical line. This mark should be 21/4 inches from the front edge on cabinet’s side panel. Now add 31/2 inches with the gap that is from opening’s top and bottom.

It will be a horizontal line you need to make next. From the hinges, simply eliminate mounting plate next. On the side panels, there should be intersecting layout lines. You need to align around three screw holes with this line.

Use the self-centering bit once again. Through the plate hole, drill some pilot holes. The 5/8-inch screws need to attach to plate at this point. For every hinge, you should do the exact same thing.

Mounting Door & Adjustments

The hinges need to be in mounting plates. You should hold the door at an open position here. To snap the bars in place against plates, press them. Check reveal after closing the door next.

It’s time to fine-tune the cabinet door’s positing. Use a screwdriver to do so. This is great for the clip-top hinge. If you notice that the gaps between adjacent doors seem to be uneven or insufficient then it’s a problem. The same goes for when door does not have proper alignment with a cabinet frame.

To solve this problem simply push the door closer’s hinge edge to cabinet side by turning front screw clockwise. To pull the hinge away from side you should follow counterclockwise motion.

If you notice that there is no horizontal alignment of the top and bottom of door with adjacent one or cabinet edge, then it needs another adjustment. You need to shift the floor up or down. Use the clockwise motion to turn the middle screw if it needs shifting up. For the down shift, use counterclockwise way.

Sometimes door swings open or against the cabinet opening, it fails to close. To solve this, you need to adjust the rear screw. Turn it clockwise for pulling a hinge edge toward the cabinet. And use counterclockwise turning for pushing hinge end away from the cabinet.

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That’s how to install overlay cabinet hinges. Simple right? Now make sure you choose the right hinges before making an order. It needs to be appropriate for the door size. Also, don’t go for overtightening when locking screws in place. Instead, go for collective tightening. You should screw a bit at a time. Make sure you don’t rush away from the process and understand your kitchen cabinet well first.

If the process seems confusing, you can also pay a small fee to get someone to do it. But, doing it yourself is not hard, to be honest. Give It a Try!

About Sam Maxi

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