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Hidden Doors

Bring elements of security, fun and functionality into your home with hidden doors. Whether you’re interested in unfinished bookshelf doors or stained hidden doors, there are a few things to think about before installing them.

Hidden Doors Overview

Security: Security is one of the most common reasons for having hidden doors in your home. Bookcase doors work perfectly as entrances to panic rooms or vaults for storing firearms, jewelry, documents and other important items. While safes help protect your valuables, they’re often sitting in plain view. Bookcase doors offer an extra layer of concealment that conventional safes cannot match.

Whimsy: Hidden doors can also be an amusing novelty to incorporate into spaces such as offices, game rooms, home theaters, wine cellars and man caves. Black hidden doors and dark brown hidden doors offer an aesthetic of class and prestige that’s suitable for most décors.

Door Handing: When considering hidden doors, be cognizant of the door handing. You can choose from the following four combinations:

Left-hand/inswing: The hinges on these hidden doors are positioned to the left when you’re facing the door, and you push the door into the room. Inswing secret doors will lose 6 inches of walkway space.

Right-hand/inswing: The hinges on these hidden doors are positioned to the right when you’re facing the door. The door gets pushed into the room, so you’ll lose 6 inches of walkway space.

Left-hand/outswing: When you pull the doors toward you to enter the space behind them, you’ve got an outswing door. Left-hand/outswing secret doors have hinges on the left when you’re facing the door. You’ll lose 10 inches of walkway space when installing an outswing door.

Right-hand/outswing: Outswing secret doors are pulled toward you before you enter the space behind them. You’ll lose 10 inches of walkway space for these doors with hinges on the right when looking at them.

Wood Types for Hidden Doors


Bookshelf doors are constructed from a variety of woods. The following are some of the most popular types:

Cherry: This wood is known for its rich hues and smooth, satin texture and it can be easily stained.
Oak: Oak boasts a distinctive look thanks to its visible wavy grain. It’s very durable and often resistant to warping.
Maple: This dense wood provides a smooth texture and uniform grain that nicely complements contemporary décor.
Hickory: One of the strongest woods available, hickory offers a timeless appeal to any space.
Alder: This wood offers a rustic appearance with its pronounced grain and uniform texture.

Add excitement to your doorways with hidden doors. These décor items save space, beautify your home and provide an additional level of security. Check out our How to Buy Interior Doors guide to learn more.


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