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help - heavy-duty inset hinges?

david zaret Member

i'm building a custom kitchen, all inset face frame. the client wants the pantry to have storage on the back of the doors - 4" or so for cans/jars and such. that will yield 100lb+ doors....

blum tells me that their euro hardware will handle 7.5lbs per hinge, and they have no option for anything more.

I've studied SOSS, tectus, and a few others, but all are for thicker doors. does anyone have a recommendation on how i handle this situation?

thanks in advance for any guidance.

--- dz

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11/8/15       #2: help - heavy-duty inset hinges? ...
perley bowen

Use a piano hinge.

11/8/15       #3: help - heavy-duty inset hinges? ...
david zaret Member

for obvious reasons, i'm trying to avoid using exposed hardware. the kitchen is solid walnut, inset, raised panel... i think the knuckle of the piano hinge would be pretty ugly. any other ideas?

11/9/15       #4: help - heavy-duty inset hinges? ...

Sugatsune just came out with a new heavy duty concealed hinge. It's big with no soft close. Dampeners would work though. You're probably have to pack out the insides for mounting it...don't think it comes in a face frame version. Also, pivot hinges would work.

Sugatsune heavy door cup honge

11/9/15       #5: help - heavy-duty inset hinges? ...
Dennis Bean  Member


This is a very common application. The solution most often used is to simply add a sufficient number of hinges to meet the estimated weight of the door with a full storage rack attached.

I donít see the height of the doors on your drawing but would guess they are approximately 48Ē tall (Unless they extend to the floor). The doors with empty racks would be about 25-30lbs. These are fairly small pantry doors (about 18 X 48). I would wonder, could you even fit 60lbs of cans on a door this small? Standard or soft close Salice hinges are rated for 2 hinges/20lb door, 3 hinges/40lb door, 4hinges/60lb door.

If you want added security, you could use 5 hinges. Place 2 close together near the top, 2 close together near the bottom and one in the center of the door.

I would try to avoid using the inset hinge and plate combination where the mounting plate attaches to the back of the face frame. You will get far more stability by attaching the mounting plate directly to the cabinet side. Below is a reference guide illustrating the correct hinge and plate combination to use when mounting to the cabinet side while considering the reveal that is behind the face frame.

I hope I'm reading your drawing correctly.

Best of luck

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11/9/15       #6: help - heavy-duty inset hinges? ...
david zaret Member

this is helpful, thanks. do you think that salice is a better choice than blum? i always saw them as relatively equivalent...

--- dz

11/9/15       #7: help - heavy-duty inset hinges? ...
Bob Harkleroad

I think Dennis likes Salice! ;^)

11/9/15       #8: help - heavy-duty inset hinges? ...
Dennis Bean  Member


Well David, since Salice sends me a paycheck every month I have to say Salice is better. (I've been the Salice regional sales manger, Midwest for 21 years.)

I will also give due credit to the "other orange" company for making a very fine product. :)

11/9/15       #9: help - heavy-duty inset hinges? ...
david zaret Member

aha! well, alright then, i'll give them a try. i'm in the midwest, so perhaps you cover my region. richelieu in detroit is where i'll get the stuff.... unless you suggest elsewhere. thanks for everyone's assistance.

--- dz

11/9/15       #10: help - heavy-duty inset hinges? ...
Dennis Bean  Member


Richelieu, Sterling Heights should have everything you need.


11/9/15       #11: help - heavy-duty inset hinges? ...

Salice makes good stuff, We use their institutional hinges in our commercial work. Good hinges but for people that can't stand to see hinge knuckles not applicable. For light duty we use Blum clip hinges. Don't like face frame mounting plates.

11/9/15       #12: help - heavy-duty inset hinges? ...
david zaret Member

sounds great. i build my cabinets so that the inside of the face frame is flush with the inside of the box, so i don't have to worry about mounting the plates to the face frames or blocking out the box. i'll try these hinges and report back.

again, thanks for the help.

11/19/15       #13: help - heavy-duty inset hinges? ...
Cabmaker Member

I would take a more cautious approach. 100 lbs is a lot of weight for any hinge with an arm, especially given that it's an inset application. When I do inset I have a 3/32 margin around my doors, so think about this- if the door sags 3/64 you've lost half your margin and it will be obvious, and I'm sure you'll get a call from the customer if it's a high end kitchen. I have learned in the past that just because a client wants something, if it doesn't make sense or isn't structurally sound, you should discuss it with the client. If the client insists, make sure you price in the time it takes to properly engineer this. I would mock this up 1st with as many hinges as you deem necessary making sure you have the maximum weight on the mocked up door that you are representing and see if there is any sag. Your obligation is to offer a guaranteed result and anything less will only get you into trouble.

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Cabmaker Member

One more thing to add. Remember these doors have to stand the test of time. Otherwise again, you will have problems. Any metal fatigue due to the weight will eventually cause a problem. If the Salice rep is willing to offer you a guaranteed result (and take care of any future service issues) then you're good to go.

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Dennis Bean  Member



I would agree 100% with a trial mockup. This is always a wise and prudent activity, particularly if the application is unique or testing the limits of the specifications. After all, it is your name and reputation on the line and your customer is trusting you to make the appropriate choices of hardware.

Any Salice product installed within the stated specifications is subject to a lifetime warranty set forth by the company in1989. If any doubt remains to the suitability of the product for the application, the Salice engineering team is always available for detailed consultation.

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12/10/18       #16: help - heavy-duty inset hinges? ...


Sugatsune does have heavy-duty inset euro cup hinges, but yes, they'd have to be blocked out for the face frame. Believe it or not, face frame cabinetry is pretty much a North American thing.

The J95 hinges are fairly robust and can hold up to 88 lbs using 3 hinges. They come in free-swinging and self-closing types. There is currently no option for a soft close.

Looking at David's image, a lot of that upper shelf space appears to be above 5'6" ~ 6'. If you need to lower the weight, would it work for the client to eliminate the top 1-2 shelves? I find that they're not used as often as they're out of reach anyway, and you worry less about someone dropping a 2-lb can/jar of pasta sauce on their head.,J95-C24/0T

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