Hinges Explained

Hinges Explained

Which Type of Hinges Do I Need?

We’ve put together this simple guide to help you choose the correct hinges for your application...


Butt Hinges

Butt hinges are the most common hinge type used in modern homes. These hinges are usually fitted to panelled internal and external doors along with lever handles or mortice knobs. Comprised of two pivoting metal plates, butt hinges are fitted between the door frame and the edge of the door. They are usually recessed to keep the hinge flush with both surfaces.

Butt hinges are also the most common hinge used to hang casement windows.


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Above: Pewter 4" Butt Hinge.


Our butt hinges are available in four standard sizes:

  • 4” butt hinges are designed for use on large, heavier doors.
  • 3” butt hinges are designed for use on lighter internal doors, wardrobes, cupboards or windows.
  • 2½” and 2” are designed for wardrobes or cupboards.


Left: grey kitchen with timber windows (Monkeytail fasteners & stays) & Pewter drawer pulls. Right: bedroom with wooden door with a Pewter Oval door knob.

Above left: Pewter Butt Hinges, Natural Smooth Plain Drawer Pulls, & matching knobs, Above right: Pewter Butt Hinges & Pewter Oval Mortice/Rim Knob Set.


Big kitchen with dark blue cabinets, white gloss countertops, decorative tiled backsplash, and Pewter ironmongery (hinges, drawer pulls, and cabinet knobs).

Above: Pewter Butt Hinges, Natural Smooth Plain Drawer Pulls, & Natural Smooth Octagonal Cabinet Knobs.


Left: white hallway, wicker chair & door with Aged Bronze butt hinges & door knob. Right: blue holiday home/caravan with Black butt hinges & Monkeytail lever handle.

Above left: Aged Bronze Butt Hinges & Aged Bronze Presbury Door Knob, Above Right: Black Butt Hinges & matching lever handle.


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Ball Bearing Butt Hinges

Ball bearing butt hinges have ball bearings around the central pin. This creates a permanently lubricated surface area and provides extra strength and a smooth opening action. Strong and durable, ball bearing butt hinges are designed for use on heavy internal or external doors.

White background image of a From The Anvil Aged Brass Ball Bearing Butt Hinge

Above: our Aged Brass 4" Ball Bearing Butt Hinge


Left: timber internal door with Pewter Monkeytail Lever Handle. Right: white timber door with Aged Bronze Prestbury Door Knob, Butt Hinges, & Hat and Coat Hook

Above Left: our Pewter Ball Bearing Butt Hinges & matching Monkeytail Lever Handle, Above Right: our Aged Bronze Ball Bearing Butt Hinges with an Aged Bronze Prestbury Door Knob and Hat & Coat Hook.


Treehouse with wooden decking, timber frames & glass patio doors with a Large Pewter Avon Lever Handle.

Above: Pewter Ball Bearing Butt Hinges and Pewter Large Avon Lever Lock Set.


Discover all our Ball Bearing Butt Hinges here...


Parliament Hinges

Parliament hinges are most used on French doors. They have a cut-out section at the top and bottom to allow the door to be projected away from the architrave or frame and open flat against a wall. They are manufactured with ball bearings in the knuckle to provide extra strength and a smooth opening action.

White background image of a From The Anvil Polished Chrome Parliament Hinge

Above: our Polished Chrome Parliament Hinge.


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Finish Matching

Our butt and parliament hinges are available in a wide choice of finishes. This allows you to match the hinges with all other hardware used on the door or window, creating a consistent look throughout.

1. Aged Brass lever handle & butt hinge. 2. Polished Bronze Avon lever handle & Parliament hinge. 3. Polished Chrome Hammered Drawer Pull, Cabinet Knob, & Butt Hinge. All on plain, grey backgrounds.

Above Left: Aged Brass Butt Hinge & Aged Brass Hinton Lever Latch Set, Above Middle: Polished Bronze Avon Slimline Lever Espag. Lock Set & Polished Bronze Parliament Hinge, Above Right: Polished Chrome ironmongery including our Hammered Art Deco Drawer Pull, Hammered Mushroom Cabinet Knob, & Butt Hinge.


Butterfly Hinges

As the name suggests, butterfly hinges resemble the wings of a butterfly. Designed for applications where the hinge will be visible, butterfly hinges are perfect for enhancing the look of any small cupboard or piece of ornamental furniture.

White background image of a From The Anvil Beeswax Butterfly Hinge.

Above: our Butterfly Hinge in a rich Beeswax finish.


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H & HL Hinges

H & HL hinges are a more traditional, decorative alternative to butt hinges and are perfect for creating a rustic look. Small H hinges are most used on kitchen cabinets and large H hinges are used on larger cupboards or wardrobe doors. HL hinges have one L shaped fixing plate to provide extra support for large or damaged cupboards, doors, windows, or shutters.

A white background image of a From The Anvil H Hinge in a Beeswax finish.

Above: a Beeswax 4" H Hinge.

A white background image of a From The Anvil HL Hinge in a Beeswax finish.

Above: our Beeswax 7" HL Hinge

Bedroom interior in a small holiday home, with a double bed, bookshelves, small window, TV, and a white single wardrobe with Beeswax H hinges & cupboard knob.

Above: our Beeswax H Hinges and matching cupboard knob.


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T Hinges

T hinges are a more traditional, decorative choice. They are perfect for use in a cottage or barn conversion where a more rustic look is desired and are typically used on internal ledge and brace or plank doors along with a thumblatch. T hinges date back to Medieval times and often had elaborate wrought iron straps that can be found on cathedral or castle doors. Today, we manufacture two designs; Penny End and Arrow Head.

T hinges are available in many sizes, designed for use on small cupboard doors through to large external gates. The general rule is that the hinge should cover 2/3rds of the width of your door. T hinges are sold in pairs and unless your door is extremely heavy two hinges per door should suffice.

White background image of a From The Anvil pewter Penny End T-Hinge

Above: one of our Pewter Penny End T-Hinges.


Rustic barn conversion with a stone wall on the left, timber framed windows on the right, and a timber ledge & brace door with Black Penny End From The Anvil T Hinges at the end of the hall.

Above: our Black Penny End T Hinges and matching Black Bean Thumblatch.


Left: dark brown stable door with Beeswax Arrowhead T Hinges. Right: Ledge & brace door, and 2 timber doors with Pewter Penny End T Hinges & Thumblatches.

Above Left: our External Beeswax Arrow Head T Hinges, Above Right: our Pewter Penny End T Hinges, Thumblatch & matching Bean D Handle.


Converted barn kitchen with slate tile floors & wooden beams, From The Anvil Black T Hinges & Black Privacy Latches

Above: our Black Penny End T Hinges and matching Black Bean Thumblatches.


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Hook & Band Hinges

Similar in appearance to T hinges, hook and band hinges are for use on heavy doors and gates. The band is hinged on the pin attached to the fixing plate. Cranked hook and band hinges allow the door or gate to be flush with the surface of the frame.

A white background image of a From The Anvil Beeswax Hook & Band Hinge with the product name written below it.

Above: our External Beeswax Hook & Band Hinge.


Discover our full range of Hook & Band Hinges here...


Hinge Fronts

Hinge fronts are used to create a traditional rustic look on doors that are hung with butt hinges. Purely a decorative product, hinge fronts are fitted to the surface of a door.

A white background image of a From The Anvil Beeswax Penny End Hinge Front with the product name written below.

Above: our Beeswax 18" Penny End Hinge Front.


Find our full collection of hinge fronts here...


In Summary

So, in most cases we recommend using the following hinges for the following applications:

  • Internal panelled door = Butt hinges
  • External panelled door = Ball bearing butt hinges
  • French doors = Parliament hinges
  • Ledge & brace/Plank door = T hinges
  • Garden gate = Hook & band hinges
  • Rustic kitchen cabinets = Butterfly hinges / H & HL hinges/T hinges
  • Modern kitchen cabinets = Butt hinges


View our full range of hinges here...


For more product guidance, visit our Bolts Explained and Handed Window Handles Explained blog posts.


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