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Why are Continuous Hinges a Good Choice for Cabinetry?

Apr 21, 2020, 13:18 PM by Editor User

Cooke Brothers have been producing continuous hinges since 1872. Almost a century and a half of supplying traditional cabinet makers with light-duty continuous hinges is supplemented by constant innovation, product development and investing in state-of-the-art equipment.

Cooke Brothers have been producing continuous hinges since 1872. Almost a century and a half of supplying traditional cabinet makers with light-duty continuous hinges is supplemented by constant innovation, product development and investing in state-of-the-art equipment.

That's why Cooke Brothers remain a leading UK hinge manufacturer with long-standing relationships with customers around the world.

In other words, if you're looking for right cabinet hinges for your project, you're at the right place.

<h2> The Benefits of Specifying Continuous Hinges for Cabinets

Whether you’re a cabinet maker, renovating your kitchen or undertaking a DIY project, one of the most important choices to make is specifying the right cabinet door hinges. Hinges have a major effect on the performance and longevity of cabinet doors. They should be strong enough for the wear and tear of constant use, maintain smooth functionality throughout the years as well as withstand the occasional slamming.

When it comes to cabinet doors, choosing continuous hinges over butt hinges has a lot of advantages. Continuous hinges, also called “piano hinges”, provide support along the full length of the door, which means increased weight-bearing capacity and a longer life-span of the cabinet door.

Continuous hinges also give your cabinet an aesthetically pleasing “seamless” look, smooth action and very quiet operation. Installing continuous hinges into cabinets instead of butt hinges also means reduced gap between frame and door. That means you don’t have to worry about your fingers getting caught in the door. 

Also, they are very easy to install. 

Continuous Hinges Are Easier to Fit

The process of installing continuous hinges on your cabinet doors is far simpler than with butt hinges. Continuous hinges are surface mounted. That means you don’t need to cut a rebate on the frame or the door as you would do with butt hinges. This is especially important for thin cabinet doors which might be damaged or have their structural integrity compromised when cutting in a deep rebate. Continuous hinges are also very easy to align.

When installing continuous hinges, all you have to do is lay the hinge on the edge and attach it to the cabinet door. Then align the door to the cabinet and fix the hinge to the frame. The installation process takes much less time and effort, requires less tools and delivers a great finish every time.

The differences between a continuous hinge and a butt hinge

Some of the key differences of fitting a continuous hinge over a standard butt hinge: 

  • Continuous Hinges are easy to align
  • No need to cut a rebate on the frame or the door
  • Less tools required
  • Less time required to fit the hinges
  • No gaps between the frame and the door

Light-Duty Continuous Hinges

Light-duty continuous hinges that Cooke Brothers manufacture are ideal for cabinetry, as well as a wide range of storage boxes and DIY projects. The narrow profile of the knuckle reduces the gap between the door and the panel while delivering a delicate and pleasing aesthetic which is much more in keeping with cabinetry and furniture making.

When choosing the right cabinet hinges, another important thing to consider is the material and the finish that will pair well with your cabinet. Both the style and functionality of the hinges have a major effect on the overall appearance as well as the performance of your furniture. Almost as much as your choice of wood or finish.

Ranging from steel, stainless steel, aluminium and brass, Cooke Brothers Light-Duty continuous hinges are available in a variety of materials to best suit your project. You can also choose between a range of different options for the finish of your cabinet hinges, including polished, satin and chrome plated.

If you need more information on specifying hinges for a cabinet or any type of furniture, contact our sales team.