Exposed v Concealed Hinges

Exposed hinges are a great way to add character to a traditional face frame kitchen.
The use of exposed hinges requires attention to detail and precise work to maximise the strength and durability of the doors function.

Exposed hinges feature in many of our kitchen styles, from the simple yet elegant Hampton or Shaker style to the more decorative Country or French Provincial style. Concealed hinges feature more commonly in more contemporary kitchens but are still widely used in traditional joinery applications.

An exposed hinge, also known as a butt or hirline hinge, is attached to the face frame and the door exposing the spine of the hinge from the outside of the cabinet.  The concealed or pot hinge is also fixed to carcass and the door, but is not visible when the cabinet door is closed