What Is a Strap Hinge?

Strap hinges for doors, gates, and cabinets.

When shopping for hinges, you’ll probably come across strap hinges. Based on the name alone, you may assume they are used on straps of rope or cordage, but this isn’t necessarily true. On the contrary, most strap hinges are typically used on doors, gates and cabinets. In this post, we’re going to explore strap hinges, revealing how they work and what to look for when choosing one for your company.

The Basics of Strap Hinges

A strap hinge is a type of early-model hinge characterized by a long, slim design. As shown in the photo here, it consists of two pieces of triangular-shaped pieces of metal connected by a rotating axis in the middle. The rotating axis allows the strap hinge to open and close once attached to two objects or surfaces.

Strap hinges are similar to other conventional hinges; the only truly defining characteristic of a strap hinge is its long and slim design. When compared to other hinges, strap hinges are generally longer and narrower.

What Are Strap Hinges Are Used For?

Strap hinges are used in commercial as well as consumer applications. Kitchen cabinets, for example, may feature strap hinges, allowing them to open and close. Doors — both interior and exterior doors — also use strap hinges. Their long and narrow design allows them to securely connect the two objects or surfaces on which they are used, while consuming minimal space in the process.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Strap Hinge

While all strap hinges feature a relatively long and slim design, they are available in a variety of specifications. If you’re looking to purchase a strap hinge for your business, start by considering the material. You can find strap hinges made of aluminum, iron, steel, brass, copper and other materials, each of which offers different characteristics. Steel strap hinges, for instance, are exceptionally strong and durable, but aluminum strap hinges are lighter and more resistant to corrosion. Some strap hinges are even coated in a protective plating, such as zinc, to further protect them from rusting and corrosion.

Of course, you should also consider the size of a strap hinge and whether it will fit the objects or surfaces on which you intend to use it. If a strap hinge is too big, the edges may overlap the objects. If it’s too small, on the other hand, it may not offer a stable and secure hold.

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