My friend Heather and her husband do some of the coolest DIY’s around their house. One of my favorite projects that they recently completed is their DIY Hidden Doorway Bookcase. I’m so excited to share this awesome project with you all!
To build this hidden bookshelf, Heather followed this YouTube tutorial. It’s an awesome tutorial with tons of detail.
Here are the supplies needed to build the door:
- 1×2’s to build face frame
- 3/4″ MDF to build bookshelf
- Thin Plywood for back
- Scrap wood for shimming and inside book
- Old Book
- Pocket Hole Screws
- Wood Glue
- Pocket Hole Jig
- Invisible Hinges x2
- Gate Latch
- Gate Latch Pull
- 4″ Fixed Caster Wheel
- Decorative Paint Roller
For the back of the bookshelf Heather used a decorative paint roller on the piece of plywood before installing it onto the back of the bookshelf.
They secured the fake book to the shelf with a hinge, and then ran the wire from the book through to the back of the bookshelf.
She also mentioned that the caster wheel seemed to give the shelf a lot of stability and meant that the entire bookshelf wasn’t being held up by the hinges.
How cute is it in this little hideout for her kids? They even finished it off with shiplap when they did the rest of the room.
Heather noted that they had to angle the trim pieces in order for them to not hit when the door opened.
As a kid I would have gone nuts if I had something this cool in my bedroom! The whole time they were building it they didn’t even tell their kids and let the kids discover it once they revealed the room to them!
To see the rest of this room make sure you check out the post where I shared the geometric light fixture that we build for the space. A while back I also shared an entire home tour of her house. It’s fun having friends that love DIY projects just as much as I do! I hope you loved this post! Maybe it inspired you to build a hidden bookshelf?! Or at least find a creative way to bring some fun to your home!
Yes! Would have been my dream. Books and secret hideaway!!! Thank you for sharing. This is even a neat thing for a closet door to give a bookcase if floor space is cramped.
Natalie @ NeliDesign says
Are you kidding me? This is just the best! Wow
RIGHT?!Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!
just wondering…b/c I’ve always wanted one of these but never figured out what the secret room should be? did they just make the room smaller so that they could fit in a secret room…or did they just have an extra closet? i have basic rooms…they have closets…but not sure where or what I could use as a secret room
Ha! There’s is in an attic bedroom so it’s just a smaller space under the eaves. It would have been wasted space concealed behind the walls otherwise. In our basement we have a root cellar that I’m considering making a hidden bookcase entry into. Otherwise it’s just sort of an awkward place for a door.