Reviving the Tambour Door
Mid-century favorite goes where other doors can’t
Synopsis: Tambour doors are an elegant and easy way to close a cabinet when traditional doors won’t work, or just when you want something different. They are ideal for shallow cabinets, bowfronts, and other designs where you want different visual and tactile textures. A tambour door is made from a line of slats set snug against each other. A sheet of artist’s canvas glued to the back holds them together and acts as a hinge between the slats. The slats slide in grooves in the top and bottom of the cabinet. When you open the door, they scoot around the corner to hide between the actual side of the cabinet and a false side. Details matter, of course, but tambours are not hard to make.
There are many reasons, functional and aesthetic, to use tambour doors in a cabinet. In the old days when people had gigantic, fat…