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07-15-2015 03:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hinges cabinet question cabinet doors

I am working on a design for a cabinet to hold kids art supplies.

I plan to have some ‘stuff’ hanging on the inside of the doors, currently I am thinking about removable cups for things like pencils and paint brushes, a metal board to hold small magnetic containers, and a hanging ‘magazine rack’ to hold sticker sheets, coloring books, etc.

I expect the heaviest door to be < 25 lbs, but of course the doors won’t all be loaded the same. I am currently thinking full overlay doors that will most likely be 18” x 30”.

I have considered just doing something like a piano hinge, but soft-close is very desirable to me in this application to help keep from rattling the stuff on the doors and to save small fingers from pinches.

The one reference that I could find about hinge loads said I was right in the middle of needing 3 or 4 hinges per door if I use soft close European style hinges.

I guess the real question is, will 3 hinges handle the weight and still soft close, and what about lighter doors or when stuff is taken off the door and it weighs, say, 10 lbs instead of 25, will the door still close properly?


-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 07-17-2015 02:03 PM

For anyone who stumbles on this post, I went to a local store where they had some sample doors and I played around with them along with one of the employees. We hung stuff over the door to see how it reacted.

What we came up with was that 3 hinges of the type we tested (blum) would work fine in my case, for a door that was ‘empty’ I would probably need to turn off the soft close on at least one of the hinges, but the door would still eventually close even if I didn’t, would just take a long time.

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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