How to build hidden or invisible storage

amyboJanuary 22, 2012

I like to build the following 2 storage right in the living room. Is there a way to make the storage door flush with the dry wall and make it almost invisible from the drywall?

1) Shoe storage right at the entrance of the house - I can take the bottom portion of the closet from the room next to the front door to create a shoe closet.

2) Linen closet - I dont have linen closet right now. I would like to take a corner of the laundry room and create a linen closet accessible from the hall way (rather than from the laundry room) that is very visible from the living room

3) Saftey box - I am thinking about building a safety box in the wall or closet somewhere and would like to make it non-obvious for people to find.

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I've seen some invisible storage.

One lady I used to work with lived on Park Avenue. Her dining room wall was paneled w/ leather-covered squares on two walls. One wall was just the panel; the other had an 18"-deep cube behind every panel, which was hinged.

She also had a wall that was essentially white-painted wood, flat, but each panel was the door to a cabinet.

You might find it easier to simply re-cover each relevant wall with 1/4" plywood and paint it all the same; use 3/4" plywood for your door, and set the frame deep enough so that the door will be flush. The plywood would probably make it easier to give you a nice sharp but strong edge to the frame AND the door.

I suggest trying to find a carpenter near you to ask about it.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2012 at 12:07AM
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Panelling is a good idea because of the moulding. You can do the panel moulding all over the whole wall, and then just have the portion opening that you want. Make it one of those push-latches, maybe, or a door that rotates, or pushes sideways...

Safety boxes can also go under surfaces - Ikea used to sell a drop-down drawer that can be attached to and hidden under a table surface.

Karin L

    Bookmark   January 26, 2012 at 11:42AM
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I researched this idea a few years ago to hide a hallway access door which stuck out like a sore thumb in my dining room. Usually it's best done on a wall that has moulding panels or wallpaper with a distracting pattern. Even then the edges of the doors will usually be detectable. Search "Jib doors" "hidden doors" and google will pull up lots of ideas. I've seen some ppl use mirrors to disguise a door, make sure the door goes all the way to the floor, a gap at the bottom will ruin the effect.

Amazon sells wall safes that can be recessed in the wall between studs and then you can hang a picture frame or something to hide it. We have two in our house, one in the hallway and one in our bedroom, behind decorative mirrors on hinges. We keep firearms in them, after being robbed in the middle of the night once we decided keeping firearms close was a must have, but we wanted them to be child proof and hidden.... and easily accessible in an emergency. But I've seen people store jewelry, passports, documents, misc stuff in them. We bought a large safe to keep important stuff in though, since those are fireproof. But the wall safes are handy for any items you want hidden but not necessary protected incase of a fire.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 12:49PM
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I cut a hole in the lath & plaster in my bedroom closet for hidden storage. It's on the inside, right beside the door. It's not a walk-in closet, and you can't see it unless you shove the clothes aside and go into the closet and look out. I used a piece of scrap wood to be the "bottom" of the recessed cubby. Another great place to do it would be on the inside of the closet, above the door. It would be nearly impossible to see there, too.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2012 at 10:12PM
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We wanted a broom closet near our kitchen but the location where we wanted to put it would have looked odd if there was a door there. The solution I came up with was to build a custom bookcase door.

Of course part of the reason for doing this is just that having a hidden door/secret room seemed like a really cool idea.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 2:00PM
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Bob that is awesome! Please share your plans!

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 5:33PM
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