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Hinge Selection Table

Grainger Editorial Staff

Hinges are a feature that most people don’t give much thought behind. Though their design may be simple, there are many different types of hinges. Don’t know which one is right for you?

Check out our easy hinge selection table to find out:

Hinge type Description Can be used with Features Looks like
Barrel hinges Hinges made of solid brass with brass plated connecting links Doors, cabinets and smaller sized furniture They come in different diameters and are invisible when doors are closed
Concealed hinges Connectors that are nearly entirely hidden from view Doors, cabinets, windows, furniture, displays, etc. Easy door adjustment and installation
Door and butt hinges Consists of two rectangular leaves with screw holes joined by a metal rod Interior or exterior doors Clean and neat appearance with only the pin showing
Gate hinge Made with two parts: shorter hinge and longer leaf Used for gates and fences Can be easily mounted and attached to posts
Electrified hinges An intermediate connector passes a constant flow of current between the power source and device in the door Doors, cabinets, and various furniture with the right components Allows for extreme control and security with the maximum voltage being 48 volts
Piano hinges A long hinge with narrow leaves and many screw holes designed for a piano (hence the name) Doors, pianos Also called a continuous hinge, they are good for high-frequency areas
Pivot hinges Shaped like a butterfly when open, pivot hinges reduce stress on the frame and sagging Flush door applications and some recessed doors Durable and easy to install, recommended for use in public buildings
Specialty hinges Various styles and sizes Different applications based on particular design Can be manufactured to fit your specific needs or requirements
Spring hinges Consists of a spring mechanism for a self-closing hinge Doors leading into a garage and outward swinging cabinets Automatic shutoff and easily adjustable
Strap hinges Used mostly for utility, these hinges consist of two long, narrow leaves extending from one knuckle Heavy doors, wooden gates, fences Can be installed on the left or right-hand side
T-hinges Designed with wider leaves and larger pin diameter Ideal for doors, gates, cabinets and tool boxes Extra strength and durability, can be installed on the left or right-hand side


Pub. 07/2017

The information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only and is based on information available as of the initial date of publication. No representation is made that the information or references are complete or remain current. This article is not a substitute for review of current applicable government regulations, industry standards, or other standards specific to your business and/or activities and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the applicable standards or consult with an attorney.

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