I'm building cabinetry for my kitchen/dining area, and one of the pieces I have in mind is going to be a large (but not deep) pantry unit that will go against one of the walls in the dining area.
Once it's all put together, the whole unit will be ~6ft wide x 7ft tall, though it will likely be built in 2 or 4 pieces and then finished in place to look like one big unit. The "problem" I'm having with the design of the piece is with the cabinet doors. Since this unit is going adjacent to a walkway, the idea of having large doors that open up into the walkway (a main one between the kitchen and the living room) and block it isn't particularly appealing.
Enter the idea to have sliding doors. There seems to be a huge amount of variation in sliding door hardware out there (the coplanar systems seem insanely fancy and awesome, but also pricey and possibly overkill) and I'm curious what others who have been doing this longer would do in my shoes. FWIW, these are cabinets with face frames and we've been planning for the doors to be full overlay on all the other cabinets.
I know I'm a newb on this forum, so I just want to thank you in advance for any help/advice/ideas you send my way. =)
Lastly, I'm attaching a couple diagrams and a picture of the space for some context. (It's mostly empty right now as the tile is being installed.) The unit is going to go against the wall that currently has the bottom portion unpainted (ie the green drywall). To give you an idea of the aesthetics, these will be painted (probably off white), and will have shaker-style cabinet doors with beadboard paneling in the center of the doors.
I would just make regular doors. Will you really be opening the door much past 90 degrees? Also the doors will only be open when getting something out of the cabinet.
We have a pantry that is 33" x 6' high, with 4 doors, 15 1/2" wide. 2 doors over 2 doors.
The pantry is next to the garage door, and faces the island. With a door open, you cant walk between the cabinet and the island. No problem, as it's only open for a short time.
My GF/partner got a total kitchen rebuild = everything. Pantry unit has regular doors and slide-out shelving. Room for everything from cracker boxes to 100 jars of condiments. Doesn't seem to be a chore to open and shut the doors.
Something about sliding doors with other units having regular doors seems to break up the whole layout and look of the décor to me. I agree with the others. Also keep in mind that hinges can be used that open to 90 degree's. European hinges have many angle options. If you want to keep same type hinges you have planned for the other units there are stops on the market to prevent opening to far. Self closing is an option also. Good luck with what ever way you go and keep us updated with pictures if you want to.