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6 DIY Hidden Bookcase Door Plans You Can Build Today

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When you hear the term hidden bookcase, undoubtedly your mind drifts back to mystery writers, such as Agatha Christie or John Dickson Carr, deservedly so. However, it’s also a wise choice for several other practical reasons. Maybe you want to keep your kids from something they shouldn’t have access to, such as firearms or alcohol. You may also use it to protect valuables in a practical way.

We’ll also admit that a hidden bookcase is just fun. We love the mystic and lore about it. Fortunately, it’s easier than you may think to put one in your house. It can serve all these functional purposes without taking a massive bite out of your wallet. After all, the premise is simple. It’s just a door with hinges. The difference is where you put it and have in front of it.

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6 Hidden Bookcase Doors

 1. Opening the Door

This plan is so clever because it makes a small space seem larger with an additional hidden room behind the bookcase. The piece covers the entrance entirely and doesn’t reveal its secret on either side of the door. That makes it a surprise in two places.


2. Folding It

This post shows you that you can add a bookcase for any sized project. It’s also another space saver that makes use of an ordinary door to give it a more practical purpose. We can see adding it to a kid’s room. Your child could also use it to hide dirty clothes or toys to spruce up their space in a jiffy.


3. Doubling It

This hidden door shows the possibility of using a bookcase to conceal appliances you’d rather not have visible in a room. The things behind it are still accessible while providing extra storage space. Now that’s thinking out of the box.


4. More Than a Bookcase

This one is another riff on the hiding theme. What makes this hidden bookcase so fun is that it’s part of an existing piece. The one that opens is concealed among the fixed cases. While it doesn’t have an opening mechanism, it still works on so many levels.


5. Opening the Door

We like this plan because it’s something we probably can also relate to easily. If you want to hide a messy basement, just put a door in front of it! It’s an excellent solution if you have a room that you want to divide for different uses.


6. Going Medieval

This door fits in so well with the decor that it seems like a natural that you’d find it here. Its style is an excellent match. We also liked that it’s hidden within its frame with a solid top. That adds to the effect of making it indeed a hidden feature.

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Final Thoughts

Hidden bookcase doors are an interesting addition to any house. It adds a bit of mystery and perhaps security in some situations. Luckily, it’s something you can easily add to your floor plan without too much effort or money. It’s a clever way to make access to someplace in your home something unexpected. We think it is priceless.


Featured Image Credit: Stefan Steinbauer, Unsplash

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