The cabinet door overlay is the distance that the cabinet door extends past the door opening in all
four directions in order to cover it. However, this distance may not be exactly equal on all four
sides. So in order to accurately measure this ...
- Close the cabinet door.
- Use a pencil to make a light mark on the cabinet frame using the edge of the door as your guide.
Make sure you do this on the hinge side of the door.
- Open the door and measure from that mark over to the edge of the face frame.
This measurement is normally in the range of 1/4" to 1-1/2", anything significantly larger or smaller
than that then you probably are measuring the wrong thing.
OVERLAY VS. INSET
Overlay cabinet doors
rest against the outside of the cabinet frame when closed.
The edge of the cabinet door is square around the entire perimeter
as is the door flange of the hinge itself as pictured below.
Inset cabinet doors
extend into the cabinet opening when closed. They exist as partial or full inset,
however, for this purpose we are only looking at the partial inset. The edge of the cabinet
door has an "L" shaped lip around the entire perimeter of the door. If you look at the door flange
of the cabinet hinge, you will notice that the flange looks like a step, as is shown in the