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Hinges and aesthetics

Part 9 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges

Design guyOkay, so you’re looking to optimize the overall quality and cost effectiveness of your application. When it comes to hinges, it is important to balance performance needs with aesthetic judgment. Looks DO matter and can greatly influence a product’s overall look and perception of quality.

Large, external hinges give an impression of great strength whileDetent hingeFriction hinge concealed hinges can increase security or create a streamlined look. To further enhance an application’s design, we often have the option of customizing plastic and powder-coated hinges to suit specific color specifications. Some hinges even include snap-on covers to conceal mounting hardware and create and more polished appearance. Even the mounting hardware can be concealed by installing the hinge from the back side of the door.

Stainless Steel HingePolished hingeWhether you want polished and sleek or sturdy and strong, there is a hinge that will convey the appearance you seek and contribute to the overall aesthetic of your application.

Next week: Ten questions to ask when designing a hinge

Hinges and industry specifications

Part 6 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges Selecting the proper hinge can sometimes be more challenging that we might expect. In addition to considering cost, aesthetics, strength requirements and door configurations, we need to also consider any regulations or specifications that might affect our applications. For example, hinges used on outdoor

Deciding between concealed and externally mounted hinges

Part 3 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges We’ve discussed how important a consideration strength is when selecting a hinge. Now it’s time to examine the design considerations that sometimes dictate whether we select a concealed or externally mounted hinge. Concealed hinges mount on the interior part of the door and frame. They are great to us

Incorporate hinges early to save money and frustration

Part 1 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges It is not uncommon to wait until the last minute to incorporate hinges into a design.  We know that not everyone has hinges at the top of their list of important things to think of when working on a new car, enclosure, or life-saving medical device.. However, considering hinges late in the design cycle can