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All about piano hinges

Piano hinges are also sometimes known as continuous hinges and have a long established history in the use of cupboards, cabinets and many other furniture items. Upcyclers and DIYers love them as they are relatively easy to find and fit – and choosing a quality piano hinge should ensure it lasts a lifetime. Traditionally the preserve of cabinet makers they now are increasingly easy to find and buy online.

One of the reasons for the increased popularity of piano hinges is their ease of use. It is extremely easy to align and install.  The hinges are manufactured  in a wide variety of materials and sizes so it is relatively easy to find exactly the right hinge to suit the job and budget.

Because the hinges are designed to evenly distribute weight and minimise stress, Piano hinges are designed for uses where weight needs to be evenly distribute weight and minimise stress. Piano hinges ideal in applications that require extensive use and intense wear and tear.

One of the reasons for the increased popularity of piano hinges is their ease of use. It is extremely easy to align and install.  The hinges are manufactured  in a wide variety of materials and sizes so it is relatively easy to find exactly the right hinge to suit the job and budget.

Using a piano hinge

Piano hinges are easy to cut to match the entire length of the lid or door that needs to be pivoted and  therefore the hinge can be incorporated or integrated into the entire unit to provide the ultimate level of support along the entire length. This ensures that the door and the frame (or lid and frame) are kept in alignment, and that the entire load is evenly distributed along the height (or length) of the door or lid.

Advantages of the piano hinge

  1. It will automatically dissipate pressure when continually opening and closing the door
  2. It provides uniform strength along the complete length of the hinge
  3. It generates a smooth and even pivot action
  4. The hinge produces less noise than many other hinges
  5. A piano hinge adds an extra security feature as doors are more difficult to pry off its  hinges using this method

What to look for

Always choose a quality piano hinge – it will ensure that it keeps working and lasts along time. Finishes include polished stainless steel, zinc plated, electro brass, nickel plate and sheradised. The choose will largely depend upon cost and aesthetics but the quality of the finish is an important consideration – it will need to last and look good.

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