Hinge Location Guidelines

Wall Mount and Glass-to-Glass Hinges

Wall Mount and Glass-to-Glass Hinges C.R. Laurence recommends a distance of 8″ (203 mm) to the center of the cut-out, for both the top and bottom hinges on two-hinge doors. If a third hinge is used, it should be centered between the top and bottom hinges. To be perfectly symmetrical within the opening you are working with, you can deduct the clearance gap from the 8″ (203 mm) distance, and use the remainder as the distance to the center of the cut-out [i.e., clearance gap at the bottom of the door is 7/16″ (11 mm), thus the distance to the center of the cut-out is 7-9/16″ (192 mm)]. For glass-to-glass installations consideration must be given to different clearance gaps for both the door and the fixed panel [i.e., clearance gap under the door is 7/16″ (11 mm), so the distance to the center of the cut-out is 7-9/16″ (192 mm); clearance gap under the fixed panel is 3/16″ (5 mm), so the distance to the center of the cut-out is 7-13/16″ (198 mm)].

Example of Matching Fixed Panel and Door Cut-Outs for Glass-to- Glass Hinges
For Top and Bottom Pivot Hinge Installations (Prima, Junior Prima, Senior Prima, Cardiff, Senior Cardiff, Rondo, and Shell Series)

The Top or Bottom Mount and Glass-to-Glass styles (01 and 02 models) offer a choice of templates that allow you to edge mount the hinges at the top and bottom of the door, or actually inset the hinges toward the center of the door at any distance you desire. Wall Mount and Inline Panel Mount styles (03, 04, and 05 models) offer a template restricted to edge mounting only. Many customers prefer using the inset template for 01 and 02 models because it will allow a full edge of glass to run from top to bottom of the door, thus allowing a seal to run top to bottom. If using the inset template for the 01 or 02 models, we suggest a guideline of 2-5/8″ (67 mm) where the template reads “Distance to Wall Varies”. This leaves an approximately 1″ (25 mm) strip of glass in the corners to apply a seal completely from top to bottom.