The ideal bookcase has open
shelves for items you want to put on display, and enclosed storage space for
stuff you don't. But the trouble with enclosed spaces is that they require
doors—and making doors requires extra time, tools and know-how. With many
bookcases, building doors takes more time and skill than the rest of the
So I'll let you in on a little
secret: Lots of professional furniture makers don't make their own doors.
Instead, they buy custom-made doors for bookcases and other fur
There are suppliers all over the U.S. who will make doors to your exact
specifications and ship them anywhere. The doors I've ordered have been
excellent: flawless joinery, good wood selection and precisely the right size.
Plus, for a few bucks extra, I get my doors sanded, so
they're ready to finish right out of the box. I've spent from $20 to $60 per
door, depending on the size, style and wood species. To find a supplier online or
browse styles, just enter "custom cabinet doors" in your favorite search engine.
— Gary Wentz, Senior Editor
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