When renovating an old home or shopping for new hardware, some classics are guaranteed to never go out of style. A dummy strap, for example, provides homeowners with an affordable way to create the appearance of functional shutters. These faux gate hinges are a type of non-functioning hinge that mimic the appearance of strap hinges. Dummy shutter straps are commonly used for redecorating period homes and residential architecture in the classical style.
Dummy strap hinges can also be used to add a decorative element to doors and gates. At HardwareSource, we carry a wide selection of dummy hinges for doors and gates. Although they don't function as regular hinges do and are meant to be used with butt hinges, dummy straps will add a tremendous amount of style to the exterior of your home. Most faux gate hinges are made to look like wrought iron, but we offer a wide variety of base materials and finishes to ensure that you find the perfect solution and give your curb appeal a push in the right direction.
Our selection of dummy hinges for doors features an array of styles and themes, including arrowheads, fleur de lis, hearts, spearheads, and much more. We also offer an array of corner strap hinges and tee strap hinges. Decorative H and L-shaped hinges are designed to be mounted on the surface of a door next to an existing butt hinge. Many of the dummy gate and door straps we supply feature a smooth black finish while others are handmade, so the dimensions and texture of each hinge may vary. No matter which one you choose, a dummy strap hinge is sure to add some charm.
Guide to Choosing the Perfect Finish
Our dummy strap hinges are available in aluminum, bronze, iron, resin, and steel. Every base material has its own set of benefits. Aluminum is a low-cost material that is both resistant to corrosion and easy to clean. Bronze provides the perfect mix of rust resistance, corrosion resistance, and strength, but it has a living finish and can change in coloration over time. Iron is a classic choice and will add a touch of charm to the exterior of your home. Resin does not corrode or chip like metals can, and it can be made to look like forged iron for an old-world appearance. Steel is also resistant to corrosion and can hold up remarkably well in harsh environments.
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Single Acting: Single acting hinges swing in one direction. Double Acting: Double acting hinges swing in both directions.
Plain Bearing: Plain bearing is the simplest type of bearing. They are a good low cost option for lightweight doors. Ball Bearing: Ball bearing hinges have ball bearings to act as a buffer between the knuckles. They tend to be quieter and more durable than plain bearing hinges. They are recommended for heavy doors and doors fitted with closers. Roller Bearing: Roller bearings are able to support very heavy loads. Many of our heavy duty gate hinges are equipped with roller bearings.
Face Frame: Face frame cabinets have a “frame” that attaches to the front of the cabinet. The face frame gives the cabinet box extra strength while adding dimension to the door fronts. Face frame cabinets are commonly made by American cabinet manufactures. Frameless: Frameless cabinets do not have a face-frame, and instead rely on thicker side panels for strength. Frameless cabinets are very common in Europe, but have steadily been making their way into America, as they lend themselves well to contemporary and modern designs.
The center to center is the distance from the center of one screw hole to another. Most manufacturers use this measurement to identify the size of the pull.
Square Corner: Square corner hinges offer an upscale look. Corners must be mortised by hand. Radius Corner: Radius corners are typically only available on residential grade hinges. Corners are mortised using a router.
The diameter of the hole that is drilled into the back of the door to accommodate the hinge.
Decorative adornments on the top and bottom of the hinge's pin.
Single Demountable: Requires a slot be cut into the door. Double Demountable: Requires a slot be cut into the door and the cabinet frame.
Contemporary: Clean sleek lines. The most modern of styles. Glam: Glitzy and glamorous Global: These designs draw their inspiration from countries around the world. Mid-Century Modern: Hardware inspired by the Mid-Century Modern movement of the 1950s. Nature: Shapes and details from the natural world. Old-World/Rustic: Many products of this style have distressed finishes and a handmade appearance. Retro: Popular hardware designs from the past. Traditional: Classic designs with thoughtful shapes and details. Transitional: A nice blend of contemporary and traditional style.
Architectural Grade: Architectural grade hinges are typically used for custom doors and hardware upgrades. They are of higher quality and made of thicker material. Residential Grade: These hinges are used in most tract type housing. They are relatively thin and best used on light weight doors.
The product's measurement from top to bottom.
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The substance a product is made from.
The measurement from one side to another when the hinge is in the open position.
The degree the hinge will open to.
The overlay dimension is measured from the edge of the cabinet opening to the edge of the cabinet door when the door is in the closed position.
Clip-On: Clip on hinges attach to the mounting plate by snapping into place. One-Piece: One-piece hinges are permanently attached to the mounting plate. Screw-On: Screw-on hinges attach to the mounting plate by securing a screw.
Hinges without predrilled holes do not come with any holes for installation. Holes can be manually drilled into them at custom intervals.
To determine the screw hole spacing, on the door side of the hinge, measure the distance from the center of one screw hole to the center of the other.