In various settings, people commonly use shelving doors to enclose and secure shelving units. They provide a convenient way to keep stored items protected and hidden from view. Shelving doors are available in various designs, materials, and configurations to suit different storage needs and design preferences.

Read on to learn about the benefits and types of shelving doors and units, as well as the differences between rolling and hinged doors. To see more office storage solutions, visit our market page.

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Benefits of Doors for Shelving Units

Security & Protection

Roll-Up Security Doors on High Capacity ShelvesShelving doors provide security for stored items by preventing unauthorized access or theft. By adding lockable doors to your shelving units, you can restrict access to authorized personnel, ensuring the security and confidentiality of the items stored within. Locking options for shelving doors include key locks, keypads, and other electronic locking mechanisms.

Shelving doors protect the items stored within from dust and dirt accumulation, pests, and accidental damage. Items stored in open shelving are more vulnerable to light, moisture, dust, and pests. Shelving doors are a barrier to keep stored items clean, uncontaminated, and undamaged. This is especially important for sensitive or valuable items such as electronics, collectibles, or delicate documents.

Versatility & Customization

putting doors on metal shelvesShelving doors come in various designs, materials, and configurations, allowing customization to suit your storage needs. They can be tailored to match the aesthetics of the surrounding environment, providing both functionality and visual appeal.

Shelving doors accommodate various shelving unit sizes and configurations, offering flexibility in organizing and storing different types of items. They can be full-length doors that cover the entire shelving unit or partial doors that enclose specific sections. Shelving door types include hinged doors, sliding doors, or rolling doors.

Depending on the specific storage needs, shelving units with doors can be customized to include features such as transparent or frosted panels, adjustable shelving within the cabinet, or integrated lighting for improved visibility.


Shelving doors contribute to the overall visual appeal of the storage area. They come in a wide range of materials, finishes, and styles, allowing you to choose options that complement the surrounding decor or match the desired aesthetic theme.

The doors also help create a clean and organized appearance by concealing the contents of the shelving unit. They can be beneficial in environments where visual clutter needs to be minimized, such as offices, libraries, or retail stores.

Types of Shelving Doors

Hinged Doors

hinged glass doors for shelvesHinged doors are the standard option for cabinet doors. Hinged doors for shelves can be frame-mounted or bracket-mounted. They are available in steel, glass, or acrylic, with ventilated options.

You can customize your shelving door selection based on security, ventilation, and visibility requirements. Keyed and electronic locking options are available.

Sliding Doors

Sliding doors for shelves are a space-saving alternative to hinged doors. These are made of steel that slides from left to right on door tracks. Unlike hinged doors, they do not extend outward, thus requiring less space to access the shelving unit. These sliding doors are available on shelving 4′ to 6′ wide and in full and counter-height.

Rolling Doors

Rolling doors are similar to sliding doors, except they roll up and down vertically rather than horizontally. Rolling doors can be made of metal or wood and can be installed on virtually any steel or wood shelving unit, with the box mounted to the front or top of the shelving unit. They are available in widths up to 10’-6″ and heights up to 10’-4″.

Rolling doors for shelving units have a standard manual operation with a key lock, and a motorized upgrade is available. Motorized access options include a wireless paddle/ toggle switch, keypad, handheld remote, or hardwired key switch. The motors include sensors that automatically stop door movement if it comes in contact with an obstruction.

Besides shelving units, rolling doors can also install on counters, windows, or door openings to provide security. High-impact rolling doors are weather-resistant and provide anti-burglary protection up to resistance class 3. Visit our online store to see our office storage products.

Rolling Doors v. Hinged Doors

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Rolling doors offer several benefits when comparing rolling doors to hinged doors for shelving units. Here are some advantages of rolling doors over hinged doors:

  • Space Efficiency: Where hinged doors extend outward, rolling doors roll up vertically, requiring no additional clearance in front of the shelving unit. This makes them ideal for areas with limited space, as they maximize the available storage area and do not obstruct walkways or other nearby items.
  • Accessibility: Compared to hinged doors, rolling doors provide easier access to the contents of shelving units. They allow complete visibility and unobstructed access to the entire storage area when opened. This is especially beneficial when working in tight spaces or when multiple individuals need simultaneous access to the stored items.
  • Durability and Maintenance: Rolling doors feature durable construction and are resistant to wear and tear. While hinged doors often need maintenance, such as lubricating the hinges, rolling doors require no routine maintenance.
  • Security: Both hinged and rolling doors have locking mechanisms, including manual and electronic locks. However, rolling doors tend to be more durable and are designed with security in mind, with high-security burglar-proof options available.

The suitability of rolling doors versus hinged or sliding doors may depend on your requirements, available space, and personal preferences. Evaluate your storage needs and consult professionals to determine the best door option for your situation.

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Contact Us for Shelving Doors

Southwest Solutions Group provides design and installation services for rolling, sliding, and hinged doors for shelving units. We will also provide a free consultation to determine your needs and specifications before the design begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 800-803-1083 or send us a message today.



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