Exposed hinges that soft-close?

lpalagoniaApril 5, 2014

Thanks to guidance I've received in this forum, I've just placed my deposit for inset Conestoga cabinets!! Now onto the hinges... I've combed through previous threads that date back to 2007 which indicate there is no such thing as a soft-closing exposed hinge... I'm hoping something new has come on the market but my cabinet maker says no...

Has anyone heard of any progress or innovation in this area?

Has anyone tried the Euro Butt hinges or similar?

I have my heart set on soft-close AND exposed hinges... Would welcome any leads...

This post was edited by shortstack42 on Sun, Apr 6, 14 at 13:26

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I don't believe that this option is available. I know that I had requested this less than a year ago but was told it was not offered. My husband wanted the soft close so that is how we went. In a way, it is prob for the best in case we decide to ever change the doors or want to update the look years from now.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 6:04PM
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The only item I came across was EuroButt (maybe a name change would help their marketing).

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 7:34PM
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Could you not purchase and install a soft close damper (on the inside) using regular/your favorite exposed hinges?

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 8:30PM
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It is done on some higher end brands, rare earth magnets are mounted in the top and bottom of the door with magnets also inserted in the rails, then a soft close piston can be used. Note that the brand I'm familiar with (QCCI) also uses a mortise hinge. They need to be made that way from the start, would be a nightmare to retrofit.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 8:30PM
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for inset cabinet doors with a butt hinge, I found these soft-close and magnetic catch -- all-in-one things.

Here is a link that might be useful: soft close mag catch

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 11:53AM
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I have (new) full overlay doors on old cabinet boxes. The hinges are not soft-close, so I bought Blum adapters and added them myself. Works great. Soft close!!! Best and easiest DIY ever.

Obviously the adapter is attached to the frame into which inset doors would nestle, so you can't put it there. But couldn't you put a dummy piece of wood behind the inset frame and attach an adapter there? It would allow the door to close quietly and flush, and the "tongue" would only stick out when the door is opened.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 12:35PM
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You could work out getting one in there, there are even other options that would be easier to place. Problem is that the standard catches used on insets are not strong enough to overcome the soft close feature.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 5:01PM
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Could do the soft close with a dummy/"just for looks" exposed hinge

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 8:48PM
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