A mounting plate is an essential component of a hinge, handle or latch used to attach hardware to cabinets and furniture. Its main purpose is to facilitate the installation of doors onto frames. Mounting plates come in different sizes and finishes, catering to various types of projects. They are versatile and can also be used for assembling drawer slides. However, carpenters need to be careful when selecting the right size as it affects the door overlay, and incorrect sizes can lead to gaps or overlapping doors. Some mounting plates are designed to be concealed, providing a sleek and modern look to cabinetry. Hidden hinges can be installed inside the cabinet or inlayed to achieve a flush fit.