Wallbed behind sliding bookcases

This was an ambitious project by Pam and Phil in South Wales. Pam and Phil sourced the sliding bookcase hardware and used the Cabinet Designer on the DIY Wardrobes website to design four bookcases to work with it.

Wallbed - behind bookcase

Wallbed hidden behind bookcases.

The material chosen was Walnut MFC and the wall bed mechanism was the NEXT Bed from Hideaway Beds.

 

Wallbed - mid installation

Wall bed is situated between two fixed bookcases and track for sliding bookcases can be seen

The challenge in a project like this is ensuring the sliding bookcase works well. When filled with books one has to consider a weight of around 90Kg sliding. To support the weight we created a substantial top valance in 18mm thick Birch Ply which was then clad withe 18mm thick Walnut MFC.

Wallbed - sliding bookcase - closed

Bookcases designed in the Cabinet Designer

Wallbed - sliding bookcase - open

 

Wallbed - sliding bookcase mechanism

One sliding bookcase fitted to track

 

Wallbed - sliding bookcase meet

Showing sliding bookcases meeting in the middle. A valance in Walnut MFC was created to hide the sliding tracks

This was a great project and Pam and Phil were delighted with the results.


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Sliding doors

We can make wooden sliding doors for your cabinets to match the cabinet carcass. We use a top-hung sliding door mechanism which means no bottom track is required.


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Sliding doors in Light Venetian Cherry

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Sliding doors in Light Venetian Cherry – doors open showing hanging space, shelves and drawers behind


While great for cabinets up to 1.5m wide there is a limit to our sliding door technology and then a different system is recommended. This occurs when

– mirrored doors are required, which are too heavy for a top-hung sliding door system

– the total span of the sliding doors needs to be over 2metres

In these cases a dedicated sliding door supplier and a system with top and bottom rails is appropriate.

Jim in Surrey designed carcasses on our system and then sourced his doors from Doors Direct (www.doorsdirect.co.uk).

Cabinet awaiting sliding doors

Cabinet awaiting sliding doors

Sliding doors from doors direct.co.uk in place

Sliding doors from doors direct.co.uk in place


Here Jim has used one set of sliding doors per carcass but you can also have several carcasses joined together and the sliding doors sit in front of them independently.

The illustration below shows how Rob from Kent designed three carcasses to sit behind a sliding door system. In this case there was a chimney breast to deal with so the central cabinet is shallower.

Three carcasses designed for positioning behind sliding doors

Three carcasses designed for positioning behind sliding doors

 

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Stylish Bedroom with gloss white cabinet and custom made curved desk

Caroline in Oxfordshire designed this stylish bedroom with high-gloss, mirror cabinet and custom made desk.

High gloss floor to ceiling cabinet with mirrors

High gloss floor to ceiling cabinet with mirrors

The high-gloss, floor to ceiling cabinets fits beautifully into this bedroom with sloped ceilings. To follow the slope of the ceiling the cabinets are angled in depth dimension using our Cabinet Designer online design tool.

Build in progress - Interior with rails, shelves and angled back

Build in progress – Interior with rails, shelves and angled back

The cabinet’s interior consists of 4 white MFC carcasses, which are built individually – this makes the build easier and the wardrobe much stronger. Once the carcasses are built, they are shuffled into position and joined to each other using 30mm long wood screws.

Scribe pieces are supplied to hide the gaps between wall and cabinet side (see Gaps – Scribe pieces). Caroline chose to have 3 carcasses with hanging rails and one narrower carcass with shelves.


The curved custom made desk is high-gloss as well. It’s generally not advised to use high-gloss on horizontal surfaces as dust settles on it, but if you are a clean person, you are a clean person. This is just one rule, and rules are there to be broken.

Build in progress

Build in progress

High gloss curved desk with sideboard

High gloss curved desk with sideboard

The Blum Movento drawers and Blum Motion doors on the sideboard are all Slow-Closing (see Slow-Closing). For her made-to-measure desk Caroline specified the curved profile. This was machined by a flatbed CNC in our workshop. We supplied a stainless steel cable outlet and a stainless steel desk leg to finish off the stylish desk.


To make the mirrored doors we provided 15mm thick white primed MDF blanks. These were taken to a local glazier and 4mm mirror glass was bonded to it. The end result was a custom size mirrored doors ready hinged in a thickness that matched the 19mm thick gloss doors.

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Finished mirror cabinet

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Finished mirror cabinet

Fully furnished bedroom

Fully furnished bedroom

Fully furnished bedroom

Fully furnished bedroom

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High gloss white acrylic doors on Walnut carcass

Complete - all frontages Complete - protective foil Complete external Internal - mid construction

The project by David in West London is a Tour de Force in precision planning and installation.

The doors are high gloss white acrylic and the carcass is Walnut MFC.

The high gloss acrylic is supplied with a protective peel-off blue plastic which can be seen in one of the photos above.

The drawers use Blum Movento ‘Tip-On’ and the doors use Blum unsprung hinges together with ‘Tip-On’ actuators. The end result is a totally handle-less design.

Diy wardrobes complete design - external

Diy wardrobes complete design - internal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The design was created on the www.diywardrobes.co.uk website using the Cabinet Designer and comprises three cabinets attached together. As can be seen the final result and the design are almost identical with only a few internal layout changes required. These changes were implemented as manual edits which we do in the pre-planning stage once the order was committed to production.

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Primed mdf book cases – Dining room

Sara, Croxley Green, designed these book cases as 4 carcasses – rather than 2, which would span the whole width of each alcove – as they need to carry many large and heavy books. Shelves were added at the required height.

Sara dining room

The height of the plinths match the height of the skirting board around it.

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Primed mdf cupboards with shaker style doors (Part 2)

 

Sara lounge

Cabinets in Sara’s Lounge, Croxley Green.

Sara lounge right

Sara lounge leftThis has been a tight fit. An alternative fitting method could be to make the cabinets 40mm less wide and we would supply scribe pieces.

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Tall angled Shaker style doors in American White Oak

Tall angled shaker style doors for Andrew in Surrey, made from American White Oak
P1060795.JPGThese doors were made by hand in the workshop by one of our craftsmen.
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P1060800.JPGDoors waiting for collection, complete with plinths, scribe pieces and hardware.

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Primed mdf cupboards with shaker style doors (Part I)

This is one of two cupboards to go into living room alcoves.
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The cupboards are at the right height for the TV to go on top of one of them.

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Hinge plate awaiting hinge
Note the arrow which points to the front of the cabinet.
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Standard hinge

Standard hinge

Slow closing hinge

Slow closing hinge

DVD and Set Top Box go inside the cupboard.
P1040712.JPGPictures of cupboards in situ to follow.

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Utility cupboard with wide angle (150 Degree) hinges

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Small utility cupboard above the sink, unit measuring 720 x 470 x 340mm
Material: white melamine faced

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With the sink being underneath the unit, wide angle hinges have been used here, so the door is out of the way when open.

Detailed view of wide angle hinge.

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A wider angle hinge (170 Degree) is available, however, not recommended with children in the household due to the danger of trapped little fingers.

Comparison of standard hinge and wide angle (150 Degree) hinge when door open
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Bedroom cabinets in light Venetian Cherry


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4) Dresser_&_inside_T_Box - DSC_6691 2) Inside_main - DSC_66906) Inside_sliding door - DSC_6689Tony in Shropshire designed these cabinets for a corner and an alcove in a bedroom.

The drawers are push to open.

Inside the tall cupboards there are hanging rails for long dresses/coats as well as 2 hanging rails, one above the other, specifically for shirts.

The unit in the alcove has sliding doors, hanging rails and shelves as well as drawers inside.

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