How to choose and install door hinges
You probably didn't realize it, but there are dozens of different types of door hinges. The most common type is the barrel hinge, but there are many others, some of which are simply alternatives to the barrel hinge, and others which are intended for use with specialized door types and designs.
Types of Door Hinges
As mentioned, most doors use barrel hinges. Everything from swinging door hinges to cabinet door hinges commonly uses the barrel design. It consists of a sectional barrel, of a large or small gauge, which is held by a pivot that is fastened in place with heads.
If you have flush-mounted doors, they probably use "H hinges." Cabinet door hinges which are not of the barrel style are usually of the H style, since many cabinets feature flush doors.
Bifold doors are a common feature of closets and tight interior spaces, and because of their unique design, they require a unique type of hinge. Bifold door hinges are designed to facilitate the dual or multiple folding of a single door.
Concealed hinges are usually a feature of furniture rather than doors. These hinges are buried right in the construction of the object itself. Many collapsible card tables, for example, feature concealed hinges in the table legs.
While rare, continuous door hinges or "piano hinges" are still used today. These hinges run along the entire height of a door and are primarily used for decorative flair.
Garage door hinges are needed for large sectional doors. They are heavy-duty, with strong springs that can resist the wear and tear of regular use.
Finally, offset door hinges can be used to improve access to a room, particularly for people with mobility impairments. Offset door hinges are usually expandable and allow the door to swing completely clear of the entryway. This makes it easier for people in wheelchair or other mobility assistive devices to get in and out of houses and rooms.
Install Door Hinges Easily
Installing door hinges can be frustrating and time-consuming. To make the job easier, one hint you should keep in mind is to insert only one screw until you are 100 percent certain you're satisfied with the placement of the door. This will make it easier for you to remove the hinge and make any necessary adjustments while still testing the door's functionality.