A comprehensive guide to recessed hinges

Benefits, technical specifications and everything you need to know about recessed hinges for wardrobe doors and cabinets.

Raise your hand if, when choosing a wardrobe with a hinged door, a cupboard or a bookcase with a door, you have ever stopped and looked at technical details such as the recessed hinges. Unless you are in the industry, we think we already know the answer.



Recessed hinges, also known as concealed hinges, are a specific type of hinge that is practically invisible once fitted. A traditional hinge is only invisible once the doors are closed, however, recessed hinges have this significant advantage even when they are open. 

And there’s more: only two hinges are used per door, so this means that no hardware is visible on the side of the cabinet or wardrobe door when it is open.

Therefore, recessed hinges always go unnoticed. In fact, the vast majority of people will only pay attention to aesthetic details such as external panelling, interiors, handles, drawers and internal fittings of a wardrobe or a bookcase (LINK). Some may be picky about the sturdiness of cabinet doors or backs, but will not pay much attention to technical details such as hinges, let alone recessed hinges.

The latter, thanks to their characteristics, guarantee a very aesthetic appearance to the final product. In fact, they make any wardrobe or bookcase ultra-minimal in terms of shape, with no visible hinges.

With applications ranging from the living area to the sleeping area, for bookcases and pieces of furniture with hinged doors in the living area, wardrobes, but also for cabinet doors in the kitchen, recessed hinges represent a hinge option that, thanks to wide and stable adjustments, guarantees a perfect alignment of any door.

But that’s not all: Furnital’s concealed hinges are suitable for two types of load bearing capacity, 20 kg for doors up to two metres in height and 30 kg for doors over two metres in height. It is this particular feature that makes recessed hinges a very functional type of hinge that meets any requirement by being able to adapt to various sizes, capacities and types of furniture. 

Another great advantage of these types of hinges is that they can be used with both wooden and glass doors with an aluminium profile, so that all the creative requirements of designers and architects can be fulfilled.

These are the technical specifications of Furnital’s recessed hinges at a glance: