The Most Common Causes of Hinge Binding

The Most Common Causes of Hinge Binding
Beau Ueland

The Most Common Causes of Hinge Binding

It’s irritating when a door becomes too difficult or even impossible to close securely. It becomes this way when the hinge flaps are not flush with the surface of the wood. Known by a host of different names, a hinge-bound door is a frustration that can become much worse over time. Here we discuss how to fix a hinge-bound door and three of the most common causes of hinge binding.


Humidity in the air causing wood to swell is a frustration that anybody who lives near a large body of water has most likely experienced at least once in their lifetime. It can cause both the door and the frame to expand, forcing the hinge out of place. The problem then compounds once the humidity does decrease because the hinge might not line up any longer. Keeping a dehumidifier running, especially in the kitchen, can help slow the swelling, even if it can’t stop it entirely.

A Screw Askew

Another common issue keeping doors from properly closing occurs when a screw isn’t in the right place. There are many reasons this might happen—often, the contractor didn’t line up the screw correctly during installation, or humidity caused a hinge to no longer fit into its designated notch. Try taking the hinge off and reinsert the screws one at a time to see if this will fix your binding problem.

Wrong Size Screw Head

Our final entry on the list of the most common causes of hinge binding occurs when the person installing the door uses the wrong size screw head to secure the door to the hinge. One of the most common symptoms is that the door will jam while the hinges remain loose or “wobbly.” It’s a common problem with rushed or amateur jobs, but it’s usually a simple fix. Finding and installing the right sized screw head will hold your door in place and prevent it from jamming.

To find more tips for stopping your cabinetry doors from jamming or pick up some new decorative cabinet hardware, contact the experts at Pro Cabinet Supply.

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