Strap hinges are one of the best examples of an early-model hinge. Comprised of 2 triangular flaps connected with an axis that rotates, most strap hinges contain one strap that is affixed to a moving part (a gate or a door) and another strap attached to an adjacent, stationary surface.
What is a strap hinge?
Strap hinges differ from conventional hinges in that they are usually longer and narrower, which also helps to make the door or gate more stable. Moreover, the narrowness of strap hinges means they take up less space on the surfaces they’re installed on.
Common applications for strap hinges include:
- Doors (specifically barns, garages and sheds)
Additionally, strap hinges have both commercial (industrial) applications.
In addition to functionality, strap hinges are meant to be seen. For this reason, they are often decorative and intended to add style to whatever you’re installing them on.
Choosing a strap hinge
All strap hinges share the same basic design; however, they do come in different specifications. Strap hinges usually range in size from 2 to 10 inches. They can be made out of multiple materials, including:
- Stainless steel
The different materials come with their own characteristics. For instance, stainless steel hinges are strong and durable, whereas aluminum is lightweight and corrosion-resistant.
Before grabbing a boring, traditional hinge for your next project, consider buying a decorative strap hinge instead. Take the time to consider its size and determine whether your choice will be structurally sound and functional. Hinges that are too large may cause overlapping, and those that are too small could cause stability issues.