“Overlay” simply defined is the part of the cabinet door that (for “Traditional” face frame cabinets) lies on top of the cabinets face. Three factors influence door overlay:
1. Cranking of the Hinge: This is a measurement of left/right offset built into the hinge arm. There are three hinge crankings: 00, 08, and 15. Overlay is reduced 8mm with an 08 cranking hinge for half overlay applications. Overlay is reduced 15mm with a 15 cranking hinge utilizing a 00 mounting plate for an inset application. Using 00 cranking would be considered neutral or flat with a full overlay.
2. Plate Height: This is the relative height of the mounting plate. The mounting plate also controls left/right position of the door. Using a thicker mounting plate moves the hinge inward toward the opening which reduces overlay. Generally, use the shortest plate possible which results in a cleaner application and less stress on hinges.
3. Distance Between Edge (DBE): This is defined as the distance between the edge of the door to the edge of the hinge cup hole. For use with McFeely's hinge/plate combinations, the DBE is always 5mm.
*After determining your overlay style, select that styles image to see hinge angle and cup hole placement charts.