Larger cabinets had exposed hinges, which mounted on the outside of the faceplate of the cabinets. Today, most cabinets have hidden cabinet hinges, which, in the furniture industry, is called a European hinge or a concealed hinge. The hinges installed in cabinet doors can go inside or outside the door. If you do not want to have hinges that show outside of your cabinet doors, you can install hidden hinges. Hidden hinges are also call European hinges and are useful for many types of the cabinet. Concealing cabinet hinges are sometimes call European-style hinges. When this type of hinge is out of balance, the door can not close properly, or it may even look crooked. You will have to balance your hinges or adjust the doors periodically as the cabinets and hinges age.
Most of these style hinges are simply adjusting with adjustment screws on the back of the hinges. If you keep the literature in your cabinet, you will be show to screw the one that makes the adjustments. If you do not have this information, you will have to experiment with the screws to find the balance screw for the problem you are experiencing. Open the cabinet door. The concealed hinges types must have a cover plate. Use a flat-bladed screwdriver to lift the cover plate. Locate the long arm part of the hinge attached to the cabinet door. The screw closest to the door hinge usually moves back and forth. The screw closest to the door normally moves the door from side to side. To move the door up or down, you will have to loosen the mounting plate on the door, move the door and then tighten the plate.
Start by adjusting the bottom set of the hinges. This will prevent accidentally releasing the door while balancing it. Adjust a cabinet door first and then adjust the second cabinet door. If a crooked door is fit with a second crooked door, you will have to start over. The doors should align with the square opening of the cabin. Finish the balancing process by replacing the covers on the inset cabinet hinges. Press the covers to close in place again. Tighten the cabinet handles at the same time, as the balance of the no bore concealed cabinet hinges. Often, the handles are release and add pressure to hinges, which pulls them out of balance. The hinges can come in full overlap or half overlap designs that provide a 5/8-inch o and frac 14-inch gap on the side of the door hinges.