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Inset door hinge that clears opening completely

Peter M.

Hey folks, we have a design we are working on where we need a door hinge that works in an inset configuration that will allow a pullout at close proximity to the edge of the face frame. Our face frame is flush with the cabinet side wall. I was kinda shocked to hear that Blum does not make a hinge like this. Have any of you found an alternate hinge source that will allow an 7/8" thick inset door to open completely clear of the door opening? Open to suggestions...



10/28/20       #2: Inset door hinge that clears openin ...
Keith Newton

Assuming you have room to open them all the way back, you may need to drop back to something older than the euro type like butt or knife hinges, like in the link.

Solid Brass Precision Small Box Hinges

10/28/20       #3: Inset door hinge that clears openin ...
Leo G Member

The Blum 155 no protrusion hinge won't work for you?

10/29/20       #5: Inset door hinge that clears openin ...
Dennis Bean  Member



Put your thinking caps on for a moment. What you are asking is impossible for an inset door with any hinge brand. The door would have to first open, then somehow magically move forward, then sideways (7/8+) to clear the opening.

Spacing the slides, with something like the Century Components X-Bracket, for the rollouts to clear the door would be your only (reasonable) option. Building a faux-inset design may be another option.

Best of luck,

Dennis Bean
Salice America

10/29/20       #6: Inset door hinge that clears openin ...
D Brown

Would a 175 degree euro hinge work ?

10/29/20       #7: Inset door hinge that clears openin ...
Peter M.

Thank you for the comments, I had considered the zero protrusion non bore hinge but had not done an inset thick door setup this way. I have not looked at the 175 degree hinge but I will. I spoke again to Blum and they said that the only way to make it work is with the straight arm 71B9550 euro hinge and the 173H7100 zero plate in a reverse configuration with the cup machined 7mm back on the cabinet face frame/sidewall to edge of 35mm hole, and the plate mounted on the door 37mm from the edge of the door to the screw holes apparently. I have ordered these hinges and will make a quick mock up to see how it works/looks. Aside from that our only other option is some of the sugatsune mortised adjustable concealed hinges like the HES3D-70DC or similar which are like the tectus style door hinges only smaller. We have ordered a set of these now and will see which works and looks better. Open to any further options as we have to fix this issue before we can install these cabinets. Thank you for the assistance.


10/29/20       #8: Inset door hinge that clears openin ...
Dennis Bean  Member


I would agree that putting the hinge in backwards would work. I have seen this done on some individual pieces of furniture but never an entire kitchen.

11/1/20       #9: Inset door hinge that clears openin ...
jonathan mahnken


I think Leo has it on this one. ive done this many times with 13/16 doors...

11/4/20       #10: Inset door hinge that clears openin ...
Peter M.

Thanks guys, we are waiting on delivery of the sugatsune and will be mocking up a solution. This is not for a kitchen it is just two cabinet doors in a sort of strange setup but we still need to get it right.


4/8/22       #11: Inset door hinge that clears openin ...
Dave M.

Thank you Peter M. for your solution above! For anyone finding this thread in the future, I want to share my experience doing this:

Using a straight arm hinge backwards (cup on the cabinet instead of the door) absolutely DOES work.

I believe that any straight arm hinge and 0mm mounting plate will work. I used a standard 110 degree Blumotion hinge (71B3550) and plate 173L6100.

The location of the cup is SUPER important and sensitive. If the cup is set too far back in the cabinet, then the hinge arm will not clear the frame. If the cup is too close to the frame, then the door will stick out from the frame when closed. Thank goodness the hinge itself allows minor adjustments, but it is still critical that the cup is very close to 7mm from the frame edge (cup center is 24.5mm from frame edge).

The end result is basically zero protrusion. The hinge protrudes maybe 1/4 or 3/8" from the cabinet side. If you want to install a pull out drawer, I would plan for 1/2" clearance to be safe. This is much less protrusion than if you installed them normally.

4/8/22       #12: Inset door hinge that clears openin ...
Peter Matos

Thanks man but it was not my idea as I said Blum told me that it would work and it did. You are correct however about the precise placement it is critical there is not much adjustment this way it seems. Good luck my friend.


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