|Forum topic by ProDrawerCom||posted 07-27-2013 06:56 PM||836 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
07-27-2013 06:56 PM
I’m building cabinets for my kitchen. It’s time now for a hinge decision. I thought all along I would simply go with a euro-style hinge from Blum. They seem to be every one’s choice. I bought several models for testing. They all use the 35mm pocket in the door. I discovered two things that I don’t like. One is a certain number of degrees of free-motion as the door is flung open. I don’t fling doors but this is the only way I can describe the problem. This free motion where there is no damping allows the door to hit against its stop and then bounce back to the degree wherein damping begins. It then rebounds back to the stop, and so forth. I called cabinetparts.com where I got the hinges and was told that they had no recommendations. I called Blum two or three times and was told that a certain expert would call me. He never did.
The second problem is that the door wants to stop before closing, assuming that you’re counting on inertia to complete the close. And I think almost everyone does even without slamming them. The snap-close model stops the closure when it comes in contact with the self-closing spring. The soft-close model stops closing when it comes in contact with the damper responsible for the soft close.
This probably sounds petty, but I’d hate to find out later that there was a hinge that would eliminate these issues. If you have any experience with this, I’d appreciate your advice. Thanks.
Area 1 is where the door flops back and forth, Area 2 is where the door wants to stop when closing.