We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is a Strap Hinge?

By Christian Petersen
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
About Mechanics is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At About Mechanics, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A strap hinge is a type of basic hinge hardware, technically a type of bearing, consisting of two long narrow pieces, usually of metal, connected by a metal rod called a pin. The pin passes through metal loops at the end of the hinge sections that are designed to line up and interlock with each other, forming a pivot. The straps themselves are attached to objects, such as a trunk body and lid, and serve to connect the two objects as well as to allow rotational movement at the pivot point, such as when raising the lid on the trunk. The long narrow pieces, which can resemble straps, give this type of hinge its name. A typical strap hinge has holes for accepting screws. Strap hinges are a very common type of hinge, particularly on doors, steamer trunks and gates and can be functional as well as decorative.

One of the earlier types of hinges, a strap hinge is a very basic and simple hinge that was, in earlier times, usually made from cast or wrought iron. This history is reflected in many decorative strap hinge designs that are made to resemble these older styles, often with motifs depicting arrows, spears, or fleur-de-lis type designs. Sometimes these rustic looking strap hinges are made from wrought or cast iron, although they are commonly made from another metal and painted with a flat black finish to resemble the older iron styles.

Depending on the application, a strap hinge may have matching or similar long metal pieces, such as those found on steamer trunks, or one long piece paired with a short, square, rectangular, or decorative piece. This type of strap hinge is common on doors. The long strap is attached to the door and the small base piece is attached to the frame which is too narrow, or otherwise unable, to accept a second strap like section. In some cases, again using a trunk as an example, the strap hinges may be curved to fit the shape of an object as necessary.

As a basic type of hinge, strap hinges can be found in a wide array of sizes, designs, materials and finishes. Stainless steel, brass, and galvanized steel are some of the more common materials for these hinges. Strap hinges, depending on size, may have a varying number of holes for screws, and these holes can vary in size depending on the intended application and type of screw. Some strap hinges are merely stylistic elements and do not actually serve the function of a hinge at all. These are called dummy hinges and and are often used on doors or gates as decoration, while more traditional hinges, which are hidden from view, are the true pivot point.

About Mechanics is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
About Mechanics, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

About Mechanics, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.