Blum hinges different drilling pattern

4 Aug 2007
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Hi there. Recently have been trying to get my head around kitchen cabinet hinges. I have a cabinet door with some cheap hinges installed. I need the door to open further so bought a pair of Blum 170° hinges from Screwfix. Took the door off and trried to swap the hinges today but the Blum hinge do not align with the existing drilled securing holes. I have a repair plate for another door and the Blum holes do not align with the repair plate.

I thought all hinges were standard so what have I missed. Also how do I fit the Bum hinges. Do I glue dowels in the existing holes and drill according to Blums installation guides?

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I'm afraid not all hinges are the same, even if they look it! :)
Do I glue dowels in the existing holes and drill according to Blums installation guides?
Yup! :)

There are plenty of other ways to fix the holes as well:

Thanks every one. Revelation to me that there is no standard pattern, as I said I am trying to get my head round kitchen fitting. Not a problem as I wanted to try out the Blum hinges before updating the kitchen so can dick about with the current units as trial and test units.
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From memory there are four(?) commonly available patterns: Blum, Salice, Grass and Hettich, The cruciform plates (the ones that go in the cabinet) are designed to fit into holes at 32mm centres and the main hinge body goes into a hole which is 35mm in diameter, but all the other holes and fixing sizes are at the manufacturers discretion

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