How to Build a Hidden Door in a Wall

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We’ve all seen secret doors in our favorite movies like Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and Young Frankenstein. Hidden doors and walkways don’t have to be something we only see in fantasy, we can make it a reality! We want to share with you how you can build your own secret door in your home, and showcase some of our favorite examples.


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There are a couple things to consider when planning your hidden door construction.

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Do you want your door to be functional? Bookshelves are a great way to create a truly hidden door that doesn’t take away from any space in your home. You could attach an end table, a bar table, or anything that still allows for usability, and helps it blend into the wall. Imagine the look on your friend’s face when you push a button and your bookshelf opens up to reveal another room!


What room do you want the secret door in, and what room do you want it to lead to? You see on the right a perfect off-shoot of the hallway made for a quaint little playroom. Hidden doors in the living room could lead to small reading nooks or offices. Will a hidden door in that space hinder or expand the flow of your living space? Make sure where or what you are installing doesn’t actually cause issues when it comes to spacing or mobility in your home.


Do you want the door to be for convenience, privacy, or just for fun? Make sure your purpose for the hidden room makes sense for you, your family, and the space. If you are making a secret door to your personal office, but the kids end up using it as their fun playroom, that maybe isn’t as functional as you wanted it to be. If the intent is for pure fun, make sure it’s well thought out, and creates a great addition to the home, without hindering what you love about your home.


The options are endless when it comes to the creativity of your hidden door or room. With technological advances, you could have a motion activated opener, a remote opener, or even a hidden lever in your bookshelf! There are more options and techniques here that may help you on this project!

Now, when it comes to the actual construction of your hidden door, you want it to be sturdy and easy to maintain.

WikiHow shows great step-by-step instructions on how to build a hidden door bookshelf.

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