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How to choose a Continuous or Piano Hinge | Cooke Brothers

Nov 8, 2019, 14:26 PM by Editor User

A continuous hinge can be quickly and easily distinguished from the more commonly used butt hinge. As the name suggests, a continuous hinge is a single hinge that runs the full length of the door providing a seamless, unbroken aesthetic from top to bottom. This provides several advantages which are particularly suited to arduous or high traffic public environments.

Guide to Buying Continuous Hinges

The benefits of Continuous Hinges

Cooke Brothers have been manufacturing continuous hinges for over a hundred years for various applications. Traditionally cabinet makers have preferred continuous hinges thanks to their ability to align the door to the frame of the cabinet along the full length of the join. Not only this, but the hinges provide an unbroken line from top to bottom, with no visible gaps along the hinge side of the door panel.

Another benefit of the continuous design is the added strength. By supporting the door along its full length, the maximum capacity of the hinges is increased allowing for heavier doors and or ironmongery to be used.

To make them as versatile as possible we manufacture multiple types of continuous hinges to suit most applications from architectural to furniture making.

Browse Continuous Hinges by type

An increasingly popular alternative to butt hinges, they provide increased security and safety. The continuous knuckle provides very little purchase for the tools of any would-be thieves and prevent users from getting their fingers caught in the mechanism during operation. See all of our Architectural Continuous Hinges.

Light and Medium Duty Continuous Hinges are better suited to cabinetry, DIY projects and small storage solutions. The more delicate hinges provide a more pleasing aesthetic on furniture and smaller projects than their bolder and more heavy-duty architectural counterparts.

Heavy Duty Continuous Hinges are robust and made from thicker raw materials. Their added strength makes them a great choice for architectural applications in secure and arduous environments. This includes secure facilities, hospitals, schools and workplaces.

What’s the difference between a Continuous Hinge and a Piano Hinge?

You will often hear continuous hinges referred to as ‘Piano Hinges’. That is simply because they have been traditionally used to support the lids for both upright and grand pianos for centuries.

As with their architectural applications, a piano hinge supports the lid the full width of the piano, allowing for an increased maximum capacity for the heavy wooden lid and a smooth and silent action during operation. The load of the lid is spread evenly across the full length of the hinge reducing occurrences of strain and friction.

Why Buy a Continuous Hinge?

As detailed above Continuous or Piano Hinges are an excellent alternative to butt hinges in a variety of applications and environments. From traditional hand-made cabinetry to heavy duty doors in secure and arduous environments continuous hinges offer an elegant aesthetic as well as enhanced security and safety.

Unlike traditional butt hinges, which with the slightest misalignment between the top and bottom hinge can introduce friction and resistance to the door action, continuous hinges provide a single, perfectly aligned mechanism and a smooth operation in all installations.

Can you use Continuous Hinges on Fire Doors?

Where indicated, Architectural Continuous Hinges can be used as Fire Doors in conjunction with our Fire Door Kits. These kits provide extended protection by expanding in the event of a fire to fill the gaps around the door. This can provide a flame-tight seal for 30 – 60 minutes.

Features of Our Continuous and Piano Hinges

At Cooke Brothers, we’ve been making Continuous Hinges for long enough to have developed reliable and innovative designs including interleafed options, Reduced-Ligature designs and our trademarked Dualway Anti-Barricade systems. We’re proud of the quality and craftmanship that goes into every single hinge, and you’ll notice the difference when you use our products too.

Take a look at our Continuous Hinge range.