Large Pantry Doors with Shelves

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Forum topic by GMA posted 08-22-2013 07:10 AM 1097 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2013 07:10 AM

Hi all,

First off, I just want to say thanks for running such a great site! I’ve learned a ton just by browsing the library worth of posts and project pictures. I’ve got a hopefully straightforward home improvement project that is at least a year overdue, and had some questions before jumping into it.

I have a large pantry / storage area that is partially constructed in the basement. Due to the shape of the basement, it rests on an elevated concrete “bench” roughly 1.5 – 2 feet off the ground and 3.5 feet deep. The pantry is framed out with 2×4s, and runs 10.5 feet in length and 6.5 ft in height. The rear 2ft has basic plywood shelves for heavier goods, dishes, etc. The front 1.5 feet are still open, with the plan being to incorporate shelves onto the doors (with a very wide opening angle) so that we can step up “into” the pantry to get stuff.

I am going to make a total of 5 doors to fill widths of 27, 44.5, and 45inches respectively. My original plan was to use a 3/4” plywood core with glued one rails and stiles to give it some texture and hopefully some extra rigidity prior to painting. For the 2 pairs of doors that will meet in the middle, I was going to glue some solid wood banding so that I could easily trim the fit. The framing is definitely not 100% square after all this time holding up our stuff.

My question, after the long essay (a picture would really be worth at least 3 paragraphs if I was smarter), is the hinges. I’m looking for recommendations on how many, types, etc. This will be weight bearing as the doors with have shelves built onto the inside, although lighter stuff will go onto them and the door should open as wide as possible so that the interior shelves do not impede entry.

I’d prefer for the hinges to not be visible from the room, although the doors can be flush with the framing already in place or overlay the framing.

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 08-22-2013 11:08 PM

For weight bearing doors piano hinges are the best way to go. They provide support over the whole spine of the door. There is less chance of warp and bow this way.

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