When you’re hanging a door or building a piece of furniture you’d like to open, it’s important to know which hinge you need for the job. If you’re building something that requires a lid or you’d like the cabinet doors in your kitchen to soft-close, torque hinges may be the perfect hinge for you.
Torque hinge overview
What exactly is a torque hinge?
Also known as a “friction hinge” or a “constant torque friction hinge,” a torque hinge works by providing constant resistant to the pivoting motion. This allows users to position what they want to display at virtually any angle they desire.
Other examples of torque hinges can keep cabinet doors and lids from slamming closed and allow heavy covers to be opened with ease.
Popular uses for torque hinges include:
- Access panels
- Adjustable shields
- Cabinet doors
- Cigar boxes
- Doors that need to stay open (i.e. emergency exits or airlocks)
- Electrical boxes
- Jewelry boxes
- Laptop screens
- Machinery operators’ screens
- Toy boxes
- Ventilation (doors, hatches or windows)
- Window seats
Determining necessary hinge type
To determine what kind of hinge you should use for your project, you should know the weight and length from the pivot point of your door, panel or lid.
Next, you need to decide what kind of mount (top, flush, swagged up or swagged down) you need. From here, you can select your torque hinge size and style. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to reuse your standard hinge mounting holes for your torque hinge screws.
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