Another underrated door accessory at home that almost all homeowners fail to notice is door hinges. Door hinges play an important role in attaching our front door, cabinet door, garage door, barn door, screen door hinges and offset hinges. Do you believe that? For a small product like door hinges, there’s a lot of options to choose from and have different designs for door type.
But lucky for you, I’ve put together all the door hinges you can choose from so you can have an idea what type of door hinge is the most suitable for your door. Also, I’ve provided some information you might find useful when you use this post as a reference when you buy door hinges.
1. Butt/Mortise hinges
This is a common door hinge used in every house in the United States. The main reason for that is probably most people don’t think they should take their time choosing to look for the best door hinge. In fact, I actually agree with that but if you care about every piece of a product being installed in your house, then that’s one thing you should change your mind to.
2. Concealed hinges
Invisible hinges is a quite exaggerated trademark for this product. Although it conceals your door hinge, it is not exactly invisible as most people say. But it does its job perfectly, very elegant and highly durable so your door hinge won’t be needing any maintenance for at least 10 years to come.
3. Pivot hinge
In my opinion, pivot hinges should also be called a concealing hinge. You can’t easily see where it is installed because unlike your typical mortise door hinge, it’s installed above and underneath your door. The good thing about pivot hinge is you can open or close your door both sideways compared to butt hinge, which is only a one way open and close.
Also, you can mount your pivot hinge in the corner, middle or in between of middle or corner of your door. While this door hinge offers you different areas you can mount onto your door, I doubt if middle or in-between is advisable for residential houses.
4. Spring hinge
Making your door to close automatically is the specialty of a spring door hinge. This is ideal for doors inside your house such as bedrooms, kitchen or even in your bathroom. The only thing you need to make sure of when using a spring hinge is if how many spring hinges you need to install to sufficiently shut it. For example, if you use
Also, you can adjust the tension of your spring hinge to something that works for you. If you add more tension, your door might always shut instantly or if you add less tension, your door might shut slowly. That’s something only you can answer.
5. Barrel hinge
This door hinge isn’t designed to install onto your front doors, rooms or even in garage doors. Barrel hinges only sized 8mm which means it’s not durable to hold heavy weight doors. Also, barrel hinges don’t appear visible when your door is closed and only the barrel connector is visible when it’s open so it won’t ruin the damage of your door.
However, you can install barrel hinges onto your closet door or kitchen cabinets because their doors don’t weigh too much and the problem you will encounter when installing this door hinge is a bit tricky. To install a barrel hinge, you need to actually drill a hole that meets exactly the same size and shape of your barrel, then you need to loosen its built-in lock to mount itself in the hole.
6. Strap hinge
This door hinge is ideal for garage doors, barn doors, cabinets or even closet doors. It’s ideal for a barn door because of its long metal flap that is attached to your door frame and door.
However, it may not be ideal onto your front door because its design will degrade the class of your house as its very existence. Also, I don’t think there is someone will install a strap hinge on their front door.
Putting the design aside, strap hinges are actually durable, can handle heavy doors and its long flaps showcase stability for your door.
7. Barn hinge
Barn hinge or T-hinge is quite similar to the strap hinge listed above. Their only difference is strap hinge has two identical flaps and barn on the other side is similar to butt hinge. Obviously, this door hinge is mainly used on barn doors but can also be used on cabinets or door closets.
However, it won’t look elegant when you use it in your house other than your barn. Also, its flap is a bit longer which was designed for heavy-duty door types.
8. Flush hinge
A small type of hinge that was purposely designed to bring a stylish look on your cabinet doors. This door hinge is quite similar to butt or mortise door hinge but their difference is their design and purpose.
Mortise hinge appears to have two wings in the same size while the flush hinge appears to have one wing and with a small wing within it.
Also, in terms of durability, a flush hinge is not strong enough to support heavyweight doors but only for lightweight which is typically seen in cabinets and boxes.
9. Case hinge
While this hinge isn’t actually for doors but for boxes, I didn’t want to limit our list of door hinges for your reference. Case hinges are almost similar to butt hinges but it is more stylish in design and it’s mainly used for cases or boxes.
10. Piano hinge
I’m not a fan of piano hinges and I don’t get the sense of its purpose and why does it have to be continuous. But for the benefit of this post, let’s make an exception. Piano hinges are very similar to mortise hinge. However, this door hinge is very long and can consume all edge of your door from top to bottom, giving your door exaggerated support from your hinge.
What I don’t really like on this door hinge is their length and the screw hole you need to fill in when installing a piano hinge onto your door. Imagine if your piano hinge hole has 20, you need to consume all those holes otherwise, why buy it in the first place?
11. Flag hinge
This door hinge has the idea of butt or mortise hinge but compared to mortise or butt, flag hinge wing resembling a flag. While the design is different than our usual door hinge, it doesn’t mean it can’t carry your door and support it for a reasonable period of time.
12. Butterfly hinge
The style was the priority on this cabinet door hinge. You heard that right, another door hinge option for your cabinet and it’s obviously for teen women because of the name it implies. Butterfly hinge is also the same with our old school door hinge but this hinge has a little design on both wings making it look like a butterfly wing.
13. Ball-bearing hinges
They say ball bearing is more durable than standard door hinges we know of because these bearings are placed in between the knuckles of a door hinge. Also, this type of door hinge doesn’t cause much noise or squeaking we always hear from standard door hinges.
How to install a door hinge onto your door?
Installing a door hinge onto your door is very easy and straightforward. In fact, you don’t even need to call a carpenter to help you mount the doors in your house. To install a door hinge, you need it to have at least 7-inches from the top of your door and 5-inches from below.
Step 1: Measure the distance of where you’ll place your door hinge from the top and the bottom.
Step 2: Make a mark where you’ll mount your door hinge at the top and bottom.
Step 3: Screw to attach your door hinge onto your door.
Step 4: Screw to attach your door hinge onto your door frame.
Step 5: Test your door if it’s working properly.
How much do door hinges cost?
Typically, door hinges price start at $4 and if you buy in bulk online, you’ll get it at from $10 to $50. If you don’t need a lot of door hinges, don’t buy in bulk and it’s a lot easier to buy in hardware near you, just in case if you get a defected hinge.