Door TypesHinged Doors

Hinged Doors

FIRST™ hinged doors have clean cut, square-edge stiles and wide top and bottom rails for a superb visual effect. The rails can be further widened for a more traditional deep-rail appearance. Square cut rails and hidden compression blocks at the corners provide strength and stability.

For more information about the FIRST door product range please refer to our brochure here.


How much is a door hinge?
The cost of door hinge would depend on a variety of factors including quality, type, size and brand. There are plenty of options for you to choose from both online and in stores. For instance, a regular butt hinge at Bunnings could cost anywhere between $5 to $19 depending on the brand. Some even go as low as $1.54. A piano style hinge in New Zealand is approximately $12.55 while a square cut nylon hinge could cost you between $7.22 -$10. Thanks to the wide range available, you can generally find something that suits your price point.
What is a bullet hinge?
A bullet hinge is a small, cylindrical hinge that is designed without the ‘leaves’ of a regular door hinge. They can be bought with grease fittings for easy lubrication. These are generally made from high quality metals like stainless steel, aluminium or brass and are available in a range of sizes and shapes. Bullet hinges are attached in such a way that the door can be removed easily by just lifting it off. Or they can be attached in such a way that the door can never be removed. This is why they are often used for safes.

Bullet hinges can be used in multiple spots including gates, cabinets, barbeques and smokers as well. These are long lasting and look good thanks to their compact design. They could also be referred to as weld-on hinges, barrel hinges or cylinder hinges.

What is the correct position for door hinges?
Generally, the hinge on top is positioned about 5 to 7 inches below the top of the door frame. And the bottom hinge is placed about 10 to 11 inches above the bottom frame. This measurement is a conventional rule but could vary depending on the unique conditions of your door and door frame. For a light, hollow door two hinges should be sufficient, but for a heavier door or an exterior door, you may need a third. The third hinge should be positioned exactly midway between the top and bottom hinges. Remember to measure and mark the positions clearly before you begin.
When was the door hinge invented?
There is evidence of hinges existing and being used even in ancient societies, around the world. Their existence dates so far back that historians and archaeologists have not been able to fix on an exact time or place of origin. Many of the early door hinges were made with bronze. Metal was very expensive back then also, making doors and gates with hinges was labour intensive. Rulers who wanted to show off their wealth and power often commissioned doors and gates with very strong, load bearing metal hinges. But the common people of that era often had houses without hinged doors. Some of the houses didn’t have doors at all.

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