Secret Bookcase Door you can build

Bookcase door

Secret Bookcase Door Adds to your Storage

Hi Everyone!  Hope your having a great Thursday!  It’s been hot and humid here in St Louis, MO, so today, I am taking a break from painting (humidity even with the air on does not help it dry), and started planning for our next build.

Lately, I am into storage.  If you live in a smaller home you know every bit of storage is necessary, so today, I will introduce you to my next build – The Secret Bookcase Door.  You read it right 😉

I have always wanted one of these doors, so I hopped on the internet and found a great set of build your own plans.  These plans appear to be very easy, and will add great space to the door leading to the storage/heating & air units in our basement at the foot of the staircase.

Secret Bookcase door
Secret Bookcase door hides a room


The plans allow the bookcase door to be designed to swing in OR out, using a 2×4 wall construction on the swinging side while using a 2 x 8 support on the hinge side.  With the hinge mounted on the back side, this allows the bookcases forward edge to clear the frame when opening.  At first, I thought this is complicated but it’s really a simple alternative to other secret bookcase door designs I have seen.  With this design I can use my current hardware instead of expensive specialty hinges.

Secret Bookcase Door
Secret Bookcase Door adds storage

We plan on using these to display a variety of photo frames, small statues, and other ornate objects we have yet to unpack (come on it’s only be a year! 🙂 )  It is suggested to store books you will need to reinforce the shelves and use the specialty hinges.  As you can see from the photo’s you can build them and use them for just about any place in your home.

Secret Bookcase Door
Secret Bookcase Door adds to your book shelf

I have plans to add several secret bookcase doors in a couple areas of the house.  We will let you know how our case comes out!  If you are interested in plans, send us a message by leaving a comment on our post.  One place that you will find accessible plans is Ana Whites [] wonderful website.  We will direct you on where you need to go to get them.

Happy Thursday!!!

-LC 🙂

8 Comments on Secret Bookcase Door you can build

  1. Joe
    October 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm (4 years ago)

    I have been looking for hidden door bookshelf plans that swing out but have not been lucky. Your site shows an out swing, can you send me your plans. Thanks much

  2. Derek Gamble
    May 10, 2014 at 7:52 am (4 years ago)

    I am building a new build bungalow in Ireland. Would love to put in a secret bookshelf door rather than just an ordinary door. Could I have a copy of your plans. In swinging door and any details, tips about hinges etc.

    Thanks Derek

  3. Kara
    January 25, 2014 at 8:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi there! What a great idea. Would love the plans if you dont mind. Interested in trying this.
    Thanks so much!

  4. Leeanne Sobey
    October 5, 2013 at 2:36 am (5 years ago)

    I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back later. All the best

    • Hello...I Live Here
      October 11, 2013 at 10:46 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Leeanne – I will mark your page as well. I will order if I need something! Happy Friday – Linda


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