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How Cabinet Pivot Hinges Work

A cabinet pivot hinge

Designed for mounting overlay doors—the type of doors that overlap a cabinet’s frame—the pivot hinge is formed from two bent metal pieces joined at a single pivot point.

Top- and bottom-mounting pivot hinges are sold in mirror-image pairs, one for the top of a door and the other for the bottom. Center-mount types are meant to be notched intermediately into the edge of a door. Screws in adjustable, elongated holes attach the leaves to the cabinet frame and back of the door.

One of the benefits of a pivot hinge is that, when the cabinet door is closed, the hinge is barely visible.

About Don Vandervort
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Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years, as Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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