Each one of our Hidden Door by Design products is meticulously hand crafted by our experienced, master craftsmen. The finishing details are superbly crafted just like the details in a fine piece of furniture.
The back of their full size bookcase is fastened with staples that can easily pull loose. Corners do not meet precisely; glue is visible on the face of the cabinet, and there are sanding scratches in the wood. (close–up of top edge and crown detail) (close-up of lower shelf edge and face frame with glue showing)
We only use premium quality wood and wood products which are free of large knots and blemishes. Whenever available, we use NAUF (no added formaldehyde) wood products. We are consistent in our use of the same type of wood or wood product for all parts of a hidden door so that the sides and back match the fronts.
Our competitors use an inferior quality of wood that often has large knots and blemishes. Even on a stain grade bookcase, they use different types of wood for the front, sides and back. The back panel is a very poor quality wood product full of streaks and blemishes.
Our research team has designed a concealed, internal steel structure that adds strength and rigidity to our hidden door bookcases without relying on piano or SOSS hinges, tracks or rollers.
Their products do not have an internal reinforcement system, so they rely on piano hinges or SOSS hinges that are less expensive and less reliable over time.
Our interactive Design Center allows you to design your own hidden door bookcase or cabinet by selecting the trim options of your choice. We have a number of wood selections, face frame styles, shelf edge trims, door panels, drawer fronts, casings, crown moldings and rosettes. If you wish to add your own trim that matches your existing cabinetry, you may order your hidden door without those selections. Adjustable shelves are standard. We also make fixed bookcases that match our operable ones.
Our competitor also builds custom designs but does not have a design center where you can see the trim options. Adjustable shelves are available for an additional charge. They also make fixed units.
Our full size bookcases and cabinets have approximately 10 1/4” of interior useable space which allows you to store larger books. Our drawers have approximately 8" of useable space to hold your DVDs and CDs.
Their top-of-the-line bookcase has approximately 8 3/4" of interior useable space. They offer shallow drawers and cabinets.
Because we have so many quality features, you might think that Hidden Door by Design products would be significantly more expensive than our competitor’s. Actually, our prices are only slightly higher. Which quality would you choose?
The above information is based on an actual hidden bookcase door that we purchased from one of the largest companies who sells hidden door bookcases.