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Tips When Choosing a Compact Series Hinge

COMPACT Series Hinges from Blum

The ideal solution for face frame cabinet construction. The Compact series hinge is specifically designed to offer cabinetmakers and end users of face frame cabinetry the advantage of concealed hinges for both small and large overlays. The series features fast assembly and adjustment with a self-closing mechanism. This series also includes hinges with the Integrated Blumotion Soft Close technology for slow-closing doors which eliminate slamming.

Types of Compact Series Hinge:

 

 Compact 33Compact 38Compact 39Compact Blumotion
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DetailsThis self-closing face frame hinge features a 110° opening angle. Zinc die-cast construction, two-piece assembly, and side and height adjustment. Various overlays are achieved by changing baseplates (sold separately).This self-closing face frame hinge features a 105° opening angle. Steel, nickel-plated construction. One-piece assembly, and three-way adjustability. Various overlays up to 3/4” available.This self-closing face frame hinge features a 110° opening angle. Steel, nickel-plated construction. One-piece assembly, and three-way adjustability. Various overlays from 1 1/4” and up available.This soft-closing face frame hinge series has 105° and 110° opening angles. Steel, nickel-plated construction. One-piece assembly, three-way adjustability, and a deactivation switch for small/light doors. Various overlays from 5/16” and up available.
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Blum Compact 33 Series Hinges

In the picture above, please note the placement of the hinge arm on each of the versions shown. The current version has the arm located on the curved edge of the hinge; the old configuration has the arm on the flat edge of the hinge. This will result in new screw holes on the door. It is recommended that all hinges and baseplates be changed if the existing hinge is the older version.

The Compact 33 is a self-closing hinge.
There have been two different configurations of the Blum Compact 33 available.
At this time there is only one, and it replaces all versions (current replacement version).
The old Compact 33 also had two different degrees of opening available, 120º and 110º.
(Stamp on the top of the hinge)
The currently available degree of opening is 110º.
The Compact 33 series hinge and baseplate combination has two-way adjustability for ease of installation (up/down-left/right).
Baseplates are sold separately.

Our how-to video will help with installation: How to Install Blum Compact 33 Hinges

 

  1. If the hinge is the “old configuration” (pictured above), it is recommended that all hinges and baseplate be changed to ensure compatibility. There will be new screw hole locations on the door and possibly the cabinet. There is no other choice available.
  2. If the hinge is the “new configuration” (pictured above), but the hinge has a 120 stamped on it, all hinges in the door will need to be replaced with the current 110º version. Do not mix degrees of opening on the same door. All screw holes would match and baseplates can be reused.
  3. If the hinge is the “new configuration” (pictured above), and the hinge has a 110 stamped on it, the version currently available (BH33.3600) would be the exact replacement. All screw holes would match and baseplates could be reused.

 

The Compact 33 series hinges have several consistent numbers on the underside of the hinge that can help identify it. Look for 30.310-11.02 or PA66 on the underside of the black plastic. These two sets of numbers and letters are on all Compact 33 hinges no matter the age. There are numbers on the metal part of the hinge that can help also... but, these change frequently from production run to production run. Of course, CabinetParts.com associates are available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact us at 800-857-8721, or by Skype or LiveChat.

Doors with self-closing Blum hinges can be made soft-closing with the addition of our
Blum Blumotion Soft-Close Units
These units attach to the edge of the frame above the top hinge.

 

 

Baseplates for Compact 33

 

 

Edge PlateFace PlateEdge Plate

The baseplate attaches to the cabinet edge in most cases and the face of the cabinet in one instance. The baseplate controls the overlay of the hinge. Overlay is how much the door overlaps the frame on the hinge side when the door is closed. Overlays are available from 1/4” to 1 5/8”. One base is available for all overlays above 1 3/8”; this plate will attach to the face of the cabinet.
This how-to video will explain measuring of overlay: How-To Measure Overlay

The Blum Compact series had two series of bases available, the Edge Mount and the Wrap Mount. The Wrap Mount Series has been discontinued by Blum. The easiest way to tell these apart is the number of screws used to attach them to the cabinet; the wrap plates had only one screw in the center of the plate, while the edge mount plates have two screws, as pictured above. The edge mount series is the only series currently available, aside from the face-mounted base. Of course, CabinetParts.com associates are available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact us at 800-857-8721, or by Skype or LiveChat.

Note: If the existing hinge is the current configuration and uses a wrap mount baseplate, the Blum Compact 38 and 39 Series hinges will match the screw hole placement on the door and use the same single hole on the frame of the cabinet. (See Compact 38 and 39 series below)

Below is a listing of the baseplate numbers from the edge mount series. Included are the wrap seres matches and the overlays of each, along with the CabinetParts.com item number.

 

 

 Edge Mount PlateDiscontinued Wrap Mount PlateCabinetParts Item #Overlay
Details130.110-01.22130.210-01.22BH130.1100.223/4"
 130.110-01.23130.210-01.23BH130.1100.231/2"
 130.110-01.24*BH130.1100.241/4"
 130.110-01.26130.210-01.26BH130.1100.265/8"
 130.111-01.02130.211-01.02BH130.1110.021"
 130.112-01.0130.212-01.0BH130.1120.021 1/8"
 130.113-01.02130.213-01.02BH130.1130.021 1/4"
 130.114-01.02130.214-01.02BH130.1140.021 3/8"
 130.115-01.02130.215-01.02BH130.1150.021 1/2"
 130.116130.216BH130.11601 5/8"
 133.024-01133.024-01BH133.02401 5/8"+

 

 

 

 

Compact 38 and 39 Series Hinges

 

 

The Blum Compact 38 (105º) and Compact 39 (110º) series hinges are an update to the Compact 33 Series hinge. Both series offer three-way adjustability for even easier installation than on doors with two-way adjustable hinges (up/down-left/right-in/out).
This extra dimension of adjustability gives you the ability to tweak your door to just the right spot.
The Compact 38 and 39 hinges are self-closing hinges.
Overlays from 3/8” to 1 9/16” are available, depending on the series chosen.
Overlay is how much the door overlaps the frame on the hinge side when the door is closed.
This how-to video will explain measuring of overlay: How-To Measure Overlay
Of course, CabinetParts.com associates are available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact us at 800-857-8721, or by Skype or LiveChat.

Note: As long as there is a matching overlay available that matches the existing overlay on a cabinet with the current version of the Compact 33 with a wrap mount base (single screw into the frame), these hinges will have the same footprint on both the door and cabinet. Our how-to video will help with installation: How to Install Blum Compact 38 and 39 Hinges

Compact 38 Hinge
Blum NumberOverlayCabinetParts Item #
38N355C.063/8”BH38N3550.06
38N355C.081/2”BH38N3550.08
38N355C.105/8”BH38N3550.10
38N355C.123/4”BH38N3550.12
Compact 39 Hinge
39C358C.201 1/4”BH39C3580.20
39C355C.211 5/16”BH39C3550.21
39C355C.221 3/8”BH39C3550.22
39C355C.251 9/16”BH39C3550.25

Doors with self-closing Blum Compact hinges can easily be made soft-closing with the addition of our Blum Blumotion Soft Close Units.
These units attach to the edge of the frame above the top hinge.

 

 

Compact 38 and 39 Series Hinges with Integrated Blumotion

 

 

Integrated Blumotion is the latest addition to the Blum Compact Series hinge. Doors will now close to a certain point and then close slowly. This advancement eliminates the slamming of doors equipped with a standard self-closing hinge. It also eliminates the need for a cabinet-attached soft closer, which means less room taken up inside of the cabinet.

Overlays from 5/16” to 1 1/4” are available, depending on the series chosen. Overlay is how much the door overlaps the frame on the hinge side when the door is closed. This how-to video will explain measuring of overlay: How to Measure Overlay

Note: As long as there is a matching overlay available that matches the existing overlay on a cabinet with the current Compact 33 with a wrap mount base (single screw into the frame), these hinges will have the same footprint on both the door and cabinet. Of course, CabinetParts.com associates are available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact us at 800-857-8721, or by Skype or LiveChat.

Our how-to video will help with installation: How to Install Blum Compact 38 and 39 Hinges

By matching the overlay below with your current Blum Compact hinge or any self-closing hinge of this type, you can easily change your self-closing doors to soft closers in no time. The footprint of this hinge will match the newer configuration of the Blum Compact series. If the existing version is the old configuration Compact 33 hinge or any self-closing hinge with a similar configuration, the change can still be made to these hinges. Match the overlay and bore hole size (35 mm or 1 3/8”) and be aware that screw holes may be in a different location.

 

 

7/16” Cup Depth
Compact 38 BlumotionOverlayCabinetParts Item #
38N358B.055/16”BH38N358B.05
38N358B.063/8”BH38N358B.06
38N358B.077/16”BH38N358.07
38N358B.081/2”BH38N358B.08
38N358B.105/8”BH38N358.10
38N358B.123/4”BH38N358B.12
38N358B.201 1/4”BH38C358B.20
1/2” Cup Depth Compact 39 Blumotion
39C358B.201 1/4”BH39C358B.20

 

 

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