Looking to purchase quality T Hinges for your next cottage, period property or barn renovation? It’s easy to become overwhelmed with choice when there’s so much available on the Internet. We’re asked often ‘What hinge size do I need?’, ‘How many hinges do I need?’ and ‘Can I use my own hand forged nails?’ This article looks to answer some of the more common and key questions when it comes to t hinges:
What Is a T Hinge?
A t hinge (also known as tee hinges or cross garnet hinge) is in the shape of a letter T and comprises of a rectangular-shaped knuckle which fits to the door frame and a tapered strap which fits to the door. They are commonly found on a garden gate, garage doors, shed doors and internal cottage-style doors. Available in several gauges (rating value) of strength including light, medium and heavy duty (we only stock heavy duty) and manufactured from stainless steel. This robust design ensures your doors are hung safely and securely.
What Hinge Size Do I Need?
Historically, the hinge was used to fix all door boards in place. Modern doors would therefore require a hinge that would almost cover the entire door. T hinges today are used purely for aesthetic reasons.
As a rule of thumb, the hinge should cover just over half the width of your door.
The T Hinge that we stock comes in one size. You can find the product specification below:
- Tee Hinge Plate measures 135mm high x 33mm wide X 5mm thick
- Tee Hinge Arm measures 410mm including the Penny End.
These quality stainless steel hinges work and look perfect with all the Solid Oak Cottage Doors that we stock on our website.
Can I Use My Own Nails?
We are often asked if hand forged nails can be used to fix the t hinges in place. Although this would give an authentic period look, it is not advisable to use these type of nails.
As time goes by, the hand forged nails will work themselves loose, and you will be constantly banging them back in. We recommend that you use the nails and quality fittings that we supply specifically to fix the t hinges into place.
How Many Heavy Duty Tee Hinges Should I Use?
This is another question regularly asked, especially by customers with heavy doors. How much weight can a hinge support and whether 3 hinges is needed. If you use 3 hinges, the top hinge will be in tension, the bottom hinge will be in compression, and the middle hinge will be mostly redundant. Unless the doors are truly heavy (in which case use 4 hinges), a pair of hinges will work just fine.
Fitting a T Hinge
The Tee Hinges That We Stock
We have recently launched a heavy duty tee hinge and fixings which you can use to safely hang our range of Solid Rustic Oak Cottage Doors. Manufactured from quality stainless steel material (with a black rustic hammered metal finish), these t hinges not only look good, but will make sure your doors are hung securely and safely.