Design Ideas for a Short, Wide, Over-the-Fridge Cabinet Door

      Ways to handle door design for a cabinet with oddball dimensions. December 27, 2006

Question
Due to a very tall refrigerator and a soffit that cannot be removed, I am forced to build a full depth upper cabinet that is 37" wide and only 11" tall. Using two doors, they each will be 17 3/4" wide by about 9" or 10" tall. How can I make this look good?

Forum Responses
(Cabinetmaking Forum)
From contributor P:
Use four doors.



From contributor J:
I would make a single open box, put a single door front on to match hinge it from the top, and leave the pull off, so it would have the appearance of a panel but still have access to the storage space.


From contributor B:
"Garage" one-piece door that tilts up. Seems to be a trend above refrigerators nowadays.


From the original questioner:
It sounds like the consensus is one door with some type of top mounted hinges. Could I use regular Blum euro hinges? Since these are raised panel doors, could I run the grain horizontal with this door? Thanks.


From contributor E:
Blum had the hardware setup you need at IWF. Blum hinges and a Blum support to hold door. It was fairly new, I believe. Give your rep a call.


From contributor I:
Using Euro hinges still leaves the problem of holding the door open... I did some flipper doors years ago with a spring loaded hinge/stay that was high quality. A bit tricky to install, but the results were very nice. I think the maker might have been Hafele. I've also recently noticed some Blum "gas filled" cylinder systems for flipper doors in the trade mags, but that would probably be overkill for what you're doing.

As far as design goes, play with what looks best; horizontal grain frame and panel or perhaps a single piece fake double door.



From contributor D:
Why not use two or three sliding doors? Easy to make and no messing around with hinges.

Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?


Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
  • KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base

  • KnowledgeBase: Cabinetmaking

  • KnowledgeBase: Cabinetmaking: Cabinet Door Construction


    Would you like to add information to this article? ... Click Here

    If you have a question regarding a Knowledge Base article, your best chance at uncovering an answer is to search the entire Knowledge Base for related articles or to post your question at the appropriate WOODWEB Forum. Before posting your message, be sure to
    review our Forum Guidelines.

    Questions entered in the Knowledge Base Article comment form will not generate responses! A list of WOODWEB Forums can be found at WOODWEB's Site Map.

    When you post your question at the Forum, be sure to include references to the Knowledge Base article that inspired your question. The more information you provide with your question, the better your chances are of receiving responses.

    Return to beginning of article.



    Refer a Friend || Read This Important Information || Site Map || Privacy Policy || Site User Agreement

    Letters, questions or comments? E-Mail us and let us know what you think. Be sure to review our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    Contact us to discuss advertising or to report problems with this site.

    To report a problem, send an e-mail to our Webmaster

    Copyright © 1996-2016 - WOODWEB ® Inc.
    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without permission of the Editor.
    Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.

    The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices. What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation, and at their own risk.

    WOODWEB, Inc.
    335 Bedell Road
    Montrose, PA 18801

    Contact WOODWEB











  • WOODWEB - the leading resource for professional woodworkers


      Home » Knowledge Base » Knowledge Base Article