Challenging false drawer front design issue
In the process of building a built-in cabinet + bookshelf in my living room. Project is going well, but I’ve got a design challenge I haven’t been able to solve. Hoping the minds here have some ideas.
First some background. My built-in has a wide center cabinet that measures 56 1/4″ across. The reason it’s so wide is that the top drawer in that cabinet – which runs the width of the cabinet – will hold a digital piano. The piano slides out in a drawer and locks into place for playing. The drawer is already built/installed and works perfectly… the front edge of the drawer is about 2.5″ low (below the piano’s keys) to facilitate play and access.
The issue is the drawer front for the piano drawer… I don’t want the drawer to be visible all the time, I want to be able to hide it with a normal looking front that matches the other drawers in the built-in. So, I need a way to have the drawer front fold down or up out of the way to slide out the piano. The issue is that, with undermount slides on that drawer, there isn’t a lot of room for secondary door support (1/4″ on the sides, 5/8″ below, 2 1/4″ above).
As an additional wrinkle the cabinet is full overlay with a face frame (the fronts will have 1/4″ between them). So, whatever hinging system I come up with will have to facilitate the overlay. The overlay on the drawers will be 5/8″.
My ideal solution is to have the drawer front just fold down to 90 degrees (parallel to the drawer) so the drawer can slide out over it. However, to do this I either need to find some load bearing drop hinge or low profile side supports that can fit in the 1/4″ gap on the drawer sides (cable maybe?).
If anyone has any ideas or thoughts I’d love to hear them.