Cabinet Hinges Terms

Replacing your cabinet hinges can be an easy do-it-yourself project at home, but sometimes the terms and instructions can be so confusing if you are not a Cabinet Installer or Home Remodeling Professional.

At Topsunhardware.com we would like to make these terms a little bit easier to understand.

Cabinet Hinges Terms

Cabinet Hinges Terms

List of simplified common hinge terms.

HO-SC means Half Overlay Self Closing: This means that the door will overlap the hinge side of the cabinet starting at approximately 3/8″ and will stay closed without a magnet or latch and will spring shut when it gets almost closed.

FO-SC means Full Overlay Self Closing: This means that the door will overlap the hinge side of the cabinet when closed starting at approximately ¾” and will stay closed without a magnet or latch and will spring shut when it gets almost closed.

IN-SC means Inset Self Closing: This means that the door will NOT overlap the cabinet at all. The door will be inside the cabinet opening and will stay closed without a magnet or latch and will spring shut when it gets almost closed.

FS means the hinges are “Free Swinging”: This means that the door will not snap closed or stay closed without a magnet or latch.

SC means the hinges are “Self Closing”: This means that the hinges will snap closed and stay closed without a magnet or latch.

Overlay: is how much the door overlaps the cabinet on the hinge side when closed.

For Example: Check overlay by closing the door. On the hinge side of the door, put a small pencil mark right next to the door. Open the door and measure from the inside edge of the frame to that mark. That is overlay.

The bore hole for Face Frame application hinges: is 2.5mm from the edge of the door to the edge of the bore hole. The bore hole is ½” deep and 35mm wide.

The bore hole for Frameless application hinges: is 4.7mm from the edge of the door to the edge of the bore hole. The bore hole is ½” deep and 35mm wide.