How to Install Concealed Euro-Style Cabinet Hinges
Easily upgrade cabinets with these adjustable, disguised hinges
Q: We'd like to install cabinet doors with concealed hinges. How do we do that? —Jeffrey Odenwald, Chesapeake, Va.
Cabinetmaker Steve Roca replies: Whether you're hanging new doors, as I'm doing here for a hallway cabinet, or swapping out old hinges, concealed or Euro-style hinges are a dream to install. Unlike the butt or knife hinges often used in kitchen cabinets, they can be adjusted along three axes with the turn of a screwdriver, so you can easily fine-tune the door's fit.
Concealed hinges can go in face-frame or frameless cabinets and on any door type—including full overlay, partial overlay, or inset—as long as the doors are at least ½ inch thick. The hinges I'm using are for frameless cabinets with inset doors. To find the hinge that will work with your door type, consult the hinge company's online brochures and customer service line. Then, with the right hinges in hand, follow the steps on the next page to install them.
Shown: Steve Roca adjusts a soft-close inset hinge to even up the gap around the door.
Mark The Door
Use a combination square to mark a line on the back of the door parallel with the hinge-side edge and inset ⅞ inch. Then make marks across this line 3½ inches from the top and bottom edges, as shown. The point where the lines intersect marks the center of the hole for the hinge cup, the part that recesses into the door.