Ideas for Hidden Doors

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Ideas for Hidden Doors
A simple bookshelf like this one may really be a hidden door. (Bookshelf 8 image by Tomasz Nowicki from

Although hidden doors may sound too much like something from a Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew story for some homeowners, a hidden door may be just what you're looking for to hide something or some place in your home. Often used to hide safe rooms, offices and valuables, a hidden door can also be a fun addition to a child's room or a family library. But if you ever decide to sell your home, don't forget to tell the new owners.

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Perhaps the most popular item used to conceal a hidden doorway, a bookcase or built-in shelf can be placed almost anywhere in your house from the kitchen to the library to the living room. However, if you're planning to use a bookcase as your hidden door, make sure there's enough room for the bookcase to swing out, since a bookcase door is wider than a normal door.


A built-in cabinet can hide a door in one of two ways. It can be created to swing out, like a bookcase door does, or if a particularly tall cabinet is used, the cabinet may open to reveal a walkway inside. But beware, if you choose to create a walkway inside, whatever you put in the cabinet must be easily removed or parted, such as clothing.


If the door you want to hide is located in your bedroom or bathroom, think about covering it with a full-length mirror. A standard door that swings out with a simple spring latch that opens when you press on it can be hidden in such a manner. To add to the effect, use design elements in the room, such as tile or a door frame that looks like a mirror frame to add to the illusion.


If you want your hidden door placed in a library or in an area where panelling would not seem out of place. Hide a sliding door or basic spring latch door behind the aesthetic and design elements of your walls. However, as you create your door, make sure the edges of your door fall in logical places in the panelling, such as at a seam.


In some cases, hidden doors can be designed to drop down from a ceiling. To hide the door better, place the door some place where the ceiling is tiled or naturally squared off so you don't notice the edges of the door.

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