Lift Off Hinge
Lift off hinges have become a popular staple for cabinet and
door designs due to the convenience they provide for cleaning, moving, and
painting. These flexible and durable hinges have a variety of names that
include slip joint, loose joint, take apart, and detachable. Regardless of what
name is used to describe these unique hinges, they all have the same easy to
use and durable structure that makes them perfect for all types of door
What is a Lift Off Hinge?
Unlike the typical hinge that has three parts with a pin and
two wings, a lift off hinge has two parts that easily fit together by a shaft
attached to the male hinge. The two wings or leaves, one being male and the
other female, are connected by a pin that is mounted and solidly attached to
the stationary surface of the male hinge. The female hinge is secured to the
frame of the door while the male hinge is attached to the door.
The unique design of lift off hinges allows for the male
hinge, that is attached to the door, to be lifted off the female hinge quickly
in one fluid motion. This allows for a door to be removed multiple times
without the need to remove screws or the need for tools. It is simply a matter
of taking both sides of the open door and lifting straight up in a single
motion. With ease, the male hinge on the door slips out of the female hinge
allowing the door to be placed aside for free and open passage.
How are Lift Off Hinges Made?
There is little difference between the pin and wing hinge
and the two-piece wing hinge regarding the types of materials used in their
construction or how they are made. Each type begins with a sheet of metal,
which is cut to the size of the hinge, a process that is known as shearing.
The sheared plates are placed in a die where they are
punched and shaped into the design of the hinge. Hinges with screw holes have
the holes drilled. The hole for the pins is created by bending the sheared
pieces with pin being permanently attached to the male hinge.
The types of metal used to make these hinges include
stainless steel, steel, brass, and alloyed zinc. They can also be made of
plastic as a lightweight alternative to metal since plastic provides for smooth
and silent operation.
Uses for Lift Off Hinges –
Lift off hinges have several uses due to their convenience
and ease of use. In offices that receive regular large deliveries, easily
removable doors make the receiving process easier and quicker avoiding any
There are conditions that require a method for emergency
access. In assisted living resident homes, bathroom doors or any door that can
be locked for privacy is required to have a specially designed hinge to be able
to quickly remove the door.
Lift off hinges are the answer to conditions that are
constantly changing. They can be installed on both sides of an entrance way
with the male attached to the door and the female attached to the door frame or
with the female on the door and the male on the door frame. When the male and
female positions are reversed, the male is installed with the pin pointing