Hinging on your success: part 6

In the final installment of our blog series examining hinges, we focus on the largest offerings in Cliffside’s line. For bigger applications where a 2″ hinge won’t cut it, Cliffside offers its BH3A mortise and BH3A-NM non-mortise hinges. If even those pieces are too small for your application, the only direction to go is up: to one of Cliffside’s large armoire hinges. The Cliffside line of armoire hinges comes in two styles: a non-mortising inset version, and an offset version.

AHI

Quick facts

  • Overall length: 515/16
  • Leaf length: 115/16” each
  • Barrel diameter: 8mm

Details

The AHI, a non-mortise hinge, is an item that has seen recent expansion for Cliffside. With the advent of our hardware suites, it became necessary to increase the number of hinge finishes we offered in all of our items; the AHI was no exception. Adding the Polished Chrome and the Venetian Bronze completed this line in 2010, after the Polished Nickel was provided to complement the original eight finishes in 2007.

AHI-series heavy duty hinges are faced; this means that you must specify a left-hand hinge or a right-hand hinge when ordering. When viewing the door from the front of the cabinet, left-hand hinges are used to hang the door hinged on the left side, while right-hand hinges are simply the opposite. See the diagram below:

The left-hand armoire hinges are for left doors, as shown, while the right-hand are for the opposite side.
The left-hand armoire hinges are for left doors, as shown, while the right-hand are for the opposite side.

Although these are called “armoire hinges”, they are useful for a variety of applications. Their most popular use is for long doors, especially the size of some tall pantries, and for entertainment centers where a highly decorative look is sought. The decorative finial of the armoire hinge has proven to be one of its most popular features.

AHO

Quick facts

  • Overall length: 61/8
  • Leaf lengths: 23/16” upper; 115/16” lower
  • Overlay: 3/8” from face
  • Barrel diameter: 9mm

Details

The AHO is an offset armoire hinge, and is the largest piece in the Cliffside hinge line. Both the AHI (above) and the AHO are two-piece, lift-off hinges, making these pieces easy to install and transport. Doors can easily be separated from the cabinet frame during transportation to make moving the cabinets less hazardous.

As with the AHI, the AHO hinge is available in 11 signature finishes. Both armoire hinges have a quirk in their finish line: rather than the brushed golden “AE” finish that is available in Cliffside’s smaller hinge lines,  the AHI and AHO have the Bronze Satin finish, a color with similar tone but a slightly different patina. You can compare the two for yourself in the image below:

The brushed golden AE at left, compared to the duller Bronze Satin (BS finish) at right
The brushed golden AE at left, compared to the duller Bronze Satin (BS finish) at right

The AHO is designed for a 3/8” overlay door, so it can be used with the same door designs as the 3-8-OFFSET series, just as the AHI can be used alongside the BH2A-NM and BH3A-NM non-mortising hinges. All of our armoire hinges are made with the same precision and Old World craftsmanship that our customers expect from Cliffside’s hinges. These pieces are simultaneously decorative and functional and are a great choice for any inset or offset cabinet manufacturing.

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