How to Install Self-Closing Door Hinges

How to Install Self-Closing Door Hinges

How to Install Self-Closing Door Hinges


Self-closing door hinges are applicable in situations where heavy-duty commercial sports or industrial doors need an installation. Or maybe you find it daunting to see some of your room doors, the bathroom doors staying open 24/7. If that’s the case, get yourself through this blog.  

As the name suggests, these doors come with a swing design that closes on itself. When adjusted properly, these door hinges automatically pull the door close every time. These hinges are usually installed on the top and the bottom of the door, while the center door hinge needs no replacement. 

Such door types use two basic principles: hydraulic power mechanisms and spring technology. This offers smooth closing action with high efficiency. It offers refined functionality with a superior appearance. 

Let’s Dive Into a Little More Detailed Mechanism of Self-Closing Door Hinges 

A self-closing door has no metaphysical “meaning.” There are two reasons a door might close itself. The pressure difference between the space outside and inside the self-closing door allows the different pressure levels of the air which slowly and safely close the door after they’ve been opened. 

Self-closing door hinges work on the principle of a hydraulic press or spring where when the door is opened, the arm is pulled, and it expands. When the door is released and shut close, the spring or the piston is released, and it gets closed. 

Its major application lies in fire safety doors in both commercial and residential settings. 

Here’s The Real-Time Installing Game - Install Self-Closing Door Hinges. This Easily

#1 - Take Notes About the Door’s Specifications Before Proceeding With the Installation 

Refer to the specifications that come with the self-closing door hinges. If your hinges are smaller than 4 inches, the one would be enough for a door weighing 60 pounds. You'll be needing two door hinges of similar size for an 85 pounds door and three for 110 pounds. For door hinges larger than 4 inches, you'll need lesser hinges for higher weights.

#2 - Uninstall the Old Hinges

Remove the old hinges, if any. Unscrew the old screws that tighten up the older hinges on your doors. Install the self-closing hinges in the slot. Adjust these with the screws that come along. Note to uninstall only the top and the bottom hinge while leaving a center hinge intact if you're moving with a replacement

#3 - Ask For the Help 

Take the help. You might ask someone to hold the door firmly while you're screwing the door hinges tight to the door frame.

#4 - Apply The Tension To the Hinge

Review the instructions that come with the hinge box. It will give you better clarity on the installation process with such hinge types. 

Next, use the Allen key that comes in the self-closing hinge box. Insert it from the top of the hinge from the backside of the door and rotate it clockwise if your door opens from right to left, or rotate it anticlockwise if your door opens left to right. 

As you apply tension, you’ll place the pin inside one of the holes and take note of how many holes you turn.  You can use the key and the pin together until a desired threshold of tension is achieved.            

#5 - Make Use of The Provided Pins

Push the pins into the holes while holding the Allen key under tension. Test the door to check if enough tension is achieved to make the self-closing door hinge to self-close the door. 

What’s the Difference Between Self-Closing Door Hinges and Soft-Closing Hardware? 

Self-closing hinges have a spring mechanism to keep the door shut. Some will close the door from any degree of being open, others just the last few. They generally don’t slam the door shut, but they may.

Soft closing hardware cushions the last few degrees of closing to keep the door from slamming shut. This may be incorporated into the hinges, a separate door closer, or the latch. It does not require a self-closing mechanism.

Wrapping Up 

A self-closing door hinge or a spring hinge is used for self-closing doors. A torsional spring within the door hinge winds up when the door is opened. Once the door is released, the door returns to the closed position. An example of a self-closing door is the door from the garage leading into the house. This is required by the building of a fire code. TDC Hinges offer a wide range of self-closing door hinges. 

TDC hardware focuses on R & D, manufacturing and sales of door hinge hardware such as butt hinges, barrel hinges, T shape Hinges, strap hinges, welding hinges, stainless steel hinges, lift-off hinges, unique hinges, spring hinges, brass hinges, etc. Products have expanded to Europe, America, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and in dozens of other countries.


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