Toy Box Lid Supports

Toy Box Lid Supports

Weight-rated lid supports for toy boxes and chests. Use the formula to help you choose the proper lid support for your toy box or chest. Also in this section are cedar chest hinges, box hinges, swing-up hinges, bench seat hinges, and various lid supports.

Toy Box Lid Supports, Weight Rated

Toy Box Lid Supports, Weight Rated
  • Recommended for toy chests, cedar chests, blanket chests, etc.
  • Self-balancing feature holds lid in any position to about 85 degrees.
  • Used in conjunction with a hinge these lid suports counter balance the lid to keep it from slamming shut.
  • Available in 8 weight ranges from 20 inch/lbs. to 140 inch/lbs. (use formula shown below to calculate inch/lbs rating of your lid)
  • Available in two mounting positions as shown in photo. The "left hand" model is mounted on the left hand side wall of your box. The "center" model is mounted anywhere along the back wall of your box. It can also be used as a "right hand" model by mounting it "near" the right hand side of your box but it will be mounted to the back wall instead of the side wall.
  • FORMULA:
    • To calculate the inch/pound rating of your lid multiply 1/2 the front to back lid distance (in inches) times the lid weight (in pounds).
    • It is always best to actually weigh your lid on a scale. However if this is not possible and your lid is made from plywood, you can use the following to calculate the approximate weight of your lid; 3/4" thick plywood weighs about 2.34 lbs. per square foot.
    • For inch/pound ratings over 140 use more than one lid support (do not combine lid supports of different ratings).
    • If you use two lids supports on one lid, the combined inch/lbs rating of the two supports should equal the inch/lbs calculation for your lid.
  • This product complies with the CPSC's voluntary standards.
  • Overall length is 6" . Base material is steel.
  • PLEASE NOTE #1: for this product to work properly it is important that you use the simple formula shown above to calculate the "torque" or "moment" that your lid creates as it pivots on its hinges. It is a combination of the weight of the lid and the front to back dimension of the lid.
    • We get a lot of customers who ask, "Should I go to a heavier rated support to be safe? The answer isno. Get a precise weight on your lid, do the calculation and use a lid support that fits in between the recommended weight rating range.
    • If you are using more than one lid support and you are questioning whether you should use 2 supports that are at a heavier rating or 3 supports that are at a lesser rating, the answer is that you should choose the configuration that calculates out closest to the middle of the rating range.
    • If you need help with the calculation email us the exact weight of your lid (in pounds) and the front to back dimension of your lid (in inches) and we will do the calculation for you. We will email you back the correct items for you to order.
  • PLEASE NOTE #2: the spring colors listed in the detail below are shown to help identify the different weight ratings of the lid supports.
  • PLEASE NOTE #3: The maximum back wall thickness that this product will work with is 3/4".
  • IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE:
    • Screws are not included with this product. They are offered for purchase during checkout. Please order 4 each SKU 286252 screws for each support ordered.
    • Please print out installation diagram (click on link below). Instructions are not packaged with product.

Finishes:

  • Statuary Bronze
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7" Curved Friction Lid Support

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  • Lid support is curved to work with shallow boxes.
  • Friction is adjustable for different lid weights.
  • Steel base material and brass plated.
  • Lid support is handed, available in Left Hand model and Right Hand model.
  • This product is sold by the "each".Each means one support. Boxes with small lids will only require one support. Larger lids may require one Left Hand support and one Right Hand support.
  • Typical maximum lid opening angle is approximately 70 degrees however by changing the mounting location you can change the lid opening angle.
  • Each support uses 4 each #4 flat head brass wood screws. Screws are not included but are offered for purchase during checkout.
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Soft Down Lid Supprt

Soft Down Lid Supprt
  • Soft Downlid supportfor toy boxes, bench seats, box lids.
  • This soft downlid supportholds the door when it is in the open position and allows the door to gently close when pulled shut.
  • Please click on the links below for specific installation information. For lid support information see the section entitled "Top Opening Door (Tox Box)"
  • Can be used on the followinglid or doortypes:
    • an overlay lid or door that is hinged with a European hinge
    • an inset lid or door that is hinged with a piano or butt type hinge
    • an overlay lid or door that is hinged with a piano or butt type hinge
  • Available in two model colors: black or white.
  • Stay is reversible, may be used on either the left hand or right hand side of the cabinet.
  • Mounting screws are included with purchase.
  • PLEASE NOTE: this product requires hinges to be installed on thelid (either European hinges, piano hinge or butt hinges). Hinges are not included and must be ordered separately.
  • PLEASE NOTE: before ordering check the weight chart at the link below. Yourlid weight must be between the minimum and the maximum weights shown for its correspondinglid height. The chart is for 2 stays on a lid. If one stay is used, divide the minimum and maximum weights by 2.
  • PLEASE NOTE: this product is sold by the each. In many cases, you will need to order 2 stays per door. Again consult the weight chart.
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Toy Box Lid Stay Torsion Hinge

Toy Box Lid Stay Torsion Hinge
  • Lid support hinge for Toy chests, cabinet doors, office furniture or anywhere you need to support a lid in the open position.
  • Meets ASTM safety requirements. Tested to 25,000 cycles. Product is lead-free.
  • Will support the lid at any point of release.
  • Made to work on chests where the backwall is 3/4" thick.
  • One leaf (the leaf with the wrap-around) of the lid support attaches to the 3/4" thick back wall of chest. The other leaf of the lid support attaches to underside of the lid.
  • Available in two finishes: satin nickel or dark oil rubbed bronze.
  • Available in three weight ratings (inch-pound ratings). See info below on how to calculate which weight rating size you need for your size lid.
  • Mounting screws are included.
  • Made from steel.

Calculation Information

    • First calculate the "inch-pound" rating of your lid:
      • Multiply the front-to-back dimension of your lid (in inches) times the weight of the lid (in pounds) and divide by 2. This equals the "inch-pound" rating of your lid.
      • For example if your lid weighs 15 lbs and the front-to-back dimension of your lid is 20 inches your calculation would look like this: 15 x 20=300. Then divide by 2. 300 divided by 2 equals 150 inch-pounds.
    • Then choose the combination of lid supports which comes closest to your "inch-pound" rating.
      • The lid supports are available in 3 weight rating models: 30, 40 and 60 inch-pounds.
      • For the example above (150 inch-pounds) the best choice would be to buy 3 lid supports (two of the 60 inch-pound supports and one 30 inch-pound support).
      • It is important to remember that the supports must be installed in a symetrical manner. If you buy two supports, they must both be the same weight rating. If you buy 3 supports (for example, two of the 60 inch-pound supports and one of the 30 inch-pound supports), the 30 inch-pound support must be installed in between the two 60 inch-pound supports. They should also be installed an equal distance apart from each other.

Please note that these have been discontinued by the manufacturer and are no longer available. We have left this page on the website for reference while we search for a replacement product.

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Box Hinge

Box Hinge
  • Holds chest lid open at 75 degrees and keeps it from slamming
  • Spring tension is adjustable (spring is on right side hinge)
  • No additional hinges necessary
  • Size is approximately 5-1/4" by 1-3/4"
  • A pair includes a left and right side hinge
  • Will work for box material up to 1" thick with flat lids (lids without sides)
  • Steel base material
  • Screws are not included but are offered for purchase during checkout. Uses 6 each #10 pan head screws and 4 each #8 pan head screws per pair of hinges.
  • The manufacturer does not provide a weight rating for this product
  • We do not recommend that this device be used for a toy box lid hinge. A childs fingers could become caught in the mechanism.

Finishes:

  • Baked white epoxy coated
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Bench Seat Hinge

Bench Seat  Hinge
  • This hinge works well for hinging a bench seat
  • It is available with springs (as shown in photo) or without springs
  • SKU 796030 (with springs) will counter balance a seat or lid weighing between 17 and 26lbs (keeps the seat from slamming shut and makes it easier to open)
  • SKU 796033 (without springs) works as a hinge without the counter balancing feature for lighter seats. Keep in mind that this model will not keep the seat from slamming shut
  • Both models allow the seat to open to 95 degrees
  • With both models the seat will move forward about 4" as it opens the full 95 degrees
  • Both models are sold by the pair. A pair includes a left hand hinge and a right hand hinge
  • Requires 8 each #12 Pan Head wood screws per pair (not included but offered for purchase during checkout)
  • This hinge is not recommended for toy boxes as it could be a danger to small fingers

Finishes:

  • Yellow chromated
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Hettich Box Lid Support

Hettich Box Lid Support
  • Flap support for front opening cabinets.
  • May also be used as a lid support for boxes (image orientation is for box lid, for flap rotate 90 degrees clockwise).
  • Available in two sizes: Light Weight and Medium Weight.
  • Both sizes measure the same size, the difference is in the size of the spring.
  • In the closed position the support measures 5.5" long, 1-3/8" tall and 1-3/8" wide. See link below for view of support in closed position.
  • Weight ratings per lid using one right hand and one left hand support:
    • The Light Weight model spring force is rated at 90 N and will hold a 4.4 lb. flap or lid.
    • The Medium Weight model spring force is rated at 140 N and will hold a 5.5 lb. flap or lid.
    • Made from nickel plated steel.
  • Opening angle is 75 degrees.
  • Each support uses2 each #8 Pan Head Screws (for the lid) and 2 each #8 Flat Head Screws, and 2 each #6 pan head screws (for the side wall mount).Screws are not included but offered for purchase during checkout.
  • PLEASE NOTE: This product is not recommended for use in Toy Boxes as there may be a danger to small fingers.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Normal installation requires one "Left Hand" model and one "Right Hand" model. Make sure to order one of each in the same size (Light Weight or Medium Weight). Do not mix different weight models on the same flap.
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10-1/2" Lid Support

10-1/2
  • Lid support measures 10-1/2" from tip to tip
  • For use on tables, chests, shelves, cabinets, and box lids
  • Available in left hand or right hand model
  • Steel base material
  • Round head wood screws are included
  • For heavier uses order a right hand and a left hand support
  • Photo shows "Right Hand" version

Finishes:

  • Brass plated
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10" Adjustable Tension Lid Support

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  • Lid support measures 10-1/4" from tip to tip.
  • Lid support features adjustable slide tension by means of a turn screw and friction washers.
  • For use on tables, chests, shelves, cabinets and box lids.
  • Support is reversible, works on either left side or right side of lid (not handed).
  • Made from steel base material and brass plated.
  • For heavier uses, install 2 supports.
  • Each lid support uses 4 each #4 flat head brass wood screws. Screws are not included but are offered for purchase during checkout.
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7-1/2" Lid Support

7-1/2
  • For supporting drop lids on desks, cabinets and boxes
  • Measures 7-1/2" from tip to tip
  • Non-handed
  • Wood screws are included
  • Steel base material

Finishes:

  • Brass plated
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9-1/2" Folding Lid Support

9-1/2
  • Length is 9-1/2" in the fully open position
  • For supporting box lids or table legs
  • Steel base material
  • Wood screws are included
  • They are sold by the pair which is two supports
  • Non-handed

Finishes:

  • Brass plated
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Hinged Lid Support

Hinged Lid Support
  • Heavy duty lid support for chests, boxes, toy boxes, etc.
  • This product is also sold as a folding table leg brace.
  • Positive locking feature.
  • Steel construction.
  • Sold by the pair, a pair includes two braces (one right hand, one left hand).
  • Screws are included.
  • Size is 13-1/2" by 5/8" in fully extended position.

Finishes:

  • Zinc Chromate Plated
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Heavy Duty Hinged Lid Support

Heavy Duty Hinged Lid Support
  • Extra heavy duty lid support.
  • Designed with a positive locking feature.
  • This product is also sold as a folding table leg brace.
  • Steel construction.
  • Sold by the pair, a pair includes two braces (one right hand, one left hand).
  • Screws are included.
  • Size is 16-5/8" by 1-1/4" in fully extended position.


    Finishes:

  • Zinc Chromate Plated
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Friction Type Support for Lightweight Lids

Friction Type Support for Lightweight Lids
  • This unique lid support has a friction free motion when the lid is lifted and friction controlled motion when the lid is released or closed
  • PLEASE NOTE: Friction control is not activated until lid is opened to the 90 degree point
  • Patented spring-operated friction discs prevent slamming when the lid is lowered
  • Lid support is approximately 6" in length and 1-1/2" at widest point
  • Sold by the pair which includes a right hand and a left hand support
  • These lid supports are for lids with a 25 to 30 inch/pound rating
  • To calculate your lids inch/pound rating multiply 1/2 the front to back distance of your lid (in inches) times the lids weight (in lbs)
  • Steel base material
  • Screws are not included but are offered for purchase during checkout. Order 8 each of SKU 286254 per pair of lid supports.

Finishes:

  • Bronze plated
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Friction Type Lid Support, Reversible Action

Friction Type Lid Support, Reversible Action
  • Lid support is convertible, reversible, adjustable and demountable.
  • Can be used on a horizontal lid, a vertical lid or a drop down lid.
  • The friction on the lid support is adjustable. It is active in one direction with no friction in the opposite direction.
  • Both lid support attachments are demountable (they snap out) from from the lid support.
  • The demountable feature allows you to reverse the direction that the friction is applied.
  • The slide button near the hub of the lid support allows you to change the direction of the friction action from up-opening to down-opening.
  • Overall length of lid support is approximately 8" not including attachment ends.
  • Two lid supports can support a lid weighing up to 20 lbs.
  • Made from die cast zamak
  • Uses #6 flat head screws (not included but offered for purchase during checkout). Uses 4 screws per lid support.

Finishes:

  • Nickel Plated
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Hatch Spring Support, Stainless Steel

Hatch Spring Support, Stainless Steel
  • Stainless steel hatch spring support holds hatch in the open position.
  • Made from type 304 stainless steel.
  • Overall length is 11-3/8". Spring diameter is 9/16".
  • Bracket that installs on underside of hatch measures 1-13/32" x 11/16".
  • Side mounted bracket measures approximately 2" x 1-1/4".
  • Uses four each #10 pan head screws (not included but offered for purchase during checkout).
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Swing Up Hinge

Swing Up Hinge
  • Swing up hinge for overlay cabinet doors. Hinge allows door to swing up and hold in the open position.
  • For overlay doors on frameless cabinets (cabinets without a face frame).
  • Spring tension is adjustable to accomodate different size and weight doors.
  • Final open position may be set at either 75 degrees or 90 degrees.
  • Elongated screw slots allow door to be adjusted after installation.
  • Please note; the manufacturer of this product does not provide any weight rating or door size information.
  • These hinges are handed. Order one "Left Hand" model and one "Right Hand" model for each door. Hinge in photo is the "Right Hand" model.

Please Note: Screws are not included, but offered for purchase at checkout. Each pair of hinges requires 10 each #8 Pan Head screws (4 each for the door and 6 each for the frame sides). The length would be determined by the thickness of wood you are installing this on.

Finishes:

  • White epoxy coated
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Cedar Chest Hinge

Cedar Chest Hinge
  • For use on cedar chests and similar boxes
  • Will hold lid open at 95 degrees
  • This product is not for use on toy boxes lids as it is dangerous for small fingers
  • Sold as a pair (one left hand hinge and one right hand hinge)
  • Mounts to underside of lid and to the rear side walls of the inside of the chest box
  • For use on flat top lids only
  • Lid cannot overhang the back of the box by more than 3/8"
  • Uses #6 Flat head screws (not included but offered for purchase during checkout). Uses 12 screws per pair.

Finishes:

  • Brass plated
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Lid Support Hinge, Up Opening

Lid Support Hinge, Up Opening
  • For "up opening" lids
  • Use on hampers, piano benches, chest lids, etc.
  • Surface mounted
  • In the fully open position the hinge measues 6" long by 13/16" wide.
  • Hinge will hold lid open at 90 degrees
  • Designed for maximum lid overlay of 3/4"
  • Steel base material
  • Uses #6 flat head screws (not included but offered for purchase during checkout). Uses 4 screws per hinge.
  • Spring action holds lid in closed position
  • When lid is closed hinge is completely concealed.

Finishes:

  • Nickel plated
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Quadrant Hinge

Quadrant Hinge
  • For use with boxes, humidors, cigar boxes, etc.
  • Hinge is reversible for either right or left hand installation.
  • Stops lid at 90 degrees
  • Solid brass base material
  • Length of hinge pin measures 1-3/16"
  • Each hinge "leg" measures 1-11/16" long by 21/64" wide
  • Screws are included

Finishes:

  • Polished Nickel
  • Polished Brass
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