What is a Butterfly Hinge?
Definition of Butterfly Hinge in Construction A special type of hinge that is normally used as a decorative hinge for cabinetry, furniture, etc. Resembling a butterfly the pin at the point of the hinge is smaller than the outside of the hinge plates. This creates a butterfly looking affect that can be decorated with etching or painted, etc. A butterfly hinge would have less structural integrity than a standard butt hinge of straight hinge due to the overall width of the pin and actual operating hinge assembly. Not normally used to support heavy or structural doors that have a lot of torque when being closed and not intended to offer a high degree of durability and strength if used on a constant basis with heavy and wide door panels.