Thursday February 23 2023
Bookcase doors give delight to adults and children alike and we enjoy making them. At one level they are just a simple joke. But they also offer a practical solution to book storage, as well as looking good. We tend to make two different types:
Bookcase Style 1
The first type of bookcase door has no frame attached to it. The bare edges of the bookcase close against a door frame fixed to the building.
This type of bookcase door is hinged at the back and opens away from the room into which the bookcase faces. The hinges are not visible from the bookcase side and it is really quite hard to tell that it’s an opening bookcase.
Bookcase Style 2
The second type of bookcase door has a frame fixed to the front edges of the bookcase and the hinges are fitted to this frame. We will then make a (second) heavy-duty ‘door’ frame for the bookcase to be hinged to
This type of bookcase opens out into the room in which the bookcase is facing. This type of door works well for larders that lead off kitchens. With both types of bookcase doors, we usually fix slightly raised strips on the shelves to retain the books.
Information we will need to produce a quotation and typical costs
Bookcase doors are never standardized since no single situation is the same as another. Therefore we don’t have a list of exact costs for bookcase doors. We supply bookcase doors fully painted and will have hinged them within their frames in our workshop. Depending on the exact requirements and specifications, for supply only, they typically cost between £ 1800 – 2000 + vat + carriage. Cupboard doors at the bottom of the bookcase will add another £ 220 + vat. The bookcase doors are simple for a local carpenter to install since they are supplied within their own frame and have clear fitting instructions.
If they are for a house within 30 miles of our workshop (Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7DT) then we can price for fitting them.
To enable us to give an accurate quote, we require the height, width and depth of the doorway opening and pictures of each side of the opening. If you are ‘breaking through’ a new doorway then your builders won’t need to fit a door lining as our door frame will be the lining.
Finally, we will need an indication of which side of the opening the bookcase is to face, and whether the door is to open towards you as you face the bookcase door; or away from you (ie is it to be hinged on the bookcase side or the reverse side?)
Once we have this information, we produce a drawing, with dimensions, for you and/or your fitter to check that it’s as you want it.
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