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04-07-2020 10:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: overhead closet door gas strut cabinetry

I have an overhead closet in the bedroom, and am looking for ideas on what kind of doors to install. As you can see, I keep storage bins up there, and the easier it is to get things in an out, the better.

I was thinking the best idea might be to have a door that lifts up with gas struts? Would I have to break it up into multiple doors, or could I do one long one? Where do I get the gas struts, and how do I know how strong they need to be? What should I make the door out of, and where can I get ideas on how to make it look nice?

The only other ideas I could think of, were sliding doors (maybe 3 panels), or 2-3 sets of regular cabinet doors. But I’m not sure I like the look of sliding panels, and also worried that the obstructions created by the hardware will make it annoying to get stuff in and out.

Would greatly appreciate any insight or input.

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#1 posted 04-07-2020 11:52 PM

I think the lift up door or doors would work well. I don’t know the best place to buy the struts but, I know you can get them through Home Depot. Just do a web search and you will find numerous sources. I think you will have to know the weight of your door in order to size them properly. Rather than using struts, you could also use a simple prop rod or two (kind of how a car hood is held up). You could also use bi-fold doors. Unfortunately they would take up a small amount of space when folded back. So, they would block some shelf access at each end. Have you considered using fabric curtains rather than doors. Just put the curtains on a basic curtain rod or use traverse rods.

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#2 posted 04-08-2020 09:16 AM

- Lift-up doors or …
- drop down doors, as there is not much space under the ceiling (no gas strut needed – a little chain to limit the travel?);
- sliding doors;
- accordion doors suspended in a top rail articulated in such a way that they protrude outside in the open position;
- multiple “normal” doors with uprights;
- tambour doors (too difficult IMO).
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I see complete shelf access is already hindered at each end.
I would make 4 (or 5?) drop doors maybe with piano hinges for minimum hinge hindrance. + Some hardware to keep the door closed and stop them falling all the way down..

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#3 posted 04-08-2020 11:07 AM

Tension rod and curtain???

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