My good friends recently renovated their attic and were able to close off some of the “unusable” space into a secret room. My friend has wanted to have a secret room his entire life, and with their first child on his way soon, the recent renovation was the perfect way to make it happen. The whole idea is for his son, in about four years, to find a secret playroom in his house!

The renovation left an opening for me to build the bookcase in, framed out simply as a short door frame. Even though the walls are new construction, the floor and ceiling have been around since the 1920’s. Old construction adds a whole lot of variables to making built in cabinetry, and I definitely ran into lots of hurdles because of it.

Step 1: How to Make a Secret Door/book Case

The front face was made with pocket holes and fits the opening of the room. Then add pieces for the fronts of the shelves. The cabinet is made from MDF, sized to the inside dimensions of the face frame. It was a basic box, attached with glue and countersunk screws. Make pocket holes on the side panels, to connect the face frame.

Step 2:

Using a square, draw reference lines for placing the shelves. Cut MDF for shelves, and drill pocket holes in the underside. Using glue, line up the shelves, before screwing them in on all sides. Fill holes on the frame with wood filler, then sand smooth. Add 1/8″ plywood to each shelf with a few brads, making it easy to remove in case of emergency.

Step 3:

Glue on a reinforcing strip on the back of the hinge side of the frame. Use the included template to place the hinges. These hidden hinges work great for this application. Drill holes, per hinge instructions. Clean out the mortise with a knife and chisel. Place the hinge, pre drill the holes, then screw them in place. Attach heavy duty casters, angled AWAY from the hinge side.

Step 4:

Cut pieces of wood, and wrap them in a book cover. Attach them with glue.

Step 5:

Set the cabinet in place, and mark the center of the hinge. Cut hinges as before. Screw hinges to the door frame.

Step 6:

Make a bracket the same depth as the cabinet, to hold the latch. Add pocket holes, for attaching it to the door frame. Screw the bracket to the door frame, from both sides. Attach the stationary part of the latch to the bracket. Add a support and the latch to the back of the cabinet.

Step 7:

Cut out a slot, above the latch, for the wire to pass through. Add an eyelet and thick gauge wire to the back of the book. Using a hinge, connect the book to the shelf. Feed the wire through the slot you made previously. Attach the wire to the latch. Adjust so that the book opens and closes the latch.

Step 8:

All done! Take your time, adjust as needed, and it will work out great!

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<p>i would like one! but idk what i would keep there!</p>
<p>His son is going to enjoy that when he does find it. Boys love &quot;Secret rooms&quot;</p>
<p>So do girls, my sister has always wanted one, even now.</p>
Very cool... Will be adding this to my home when I find one. Haha still in an apartment but house shopping now. Will definitely have to make sure that I can integrate this somewhere in the house. Thanks for the guide.
<p>Show us how to do it with Pallet wood, no cross cut saw bench, and workshop. I'm seriously interested! Thank you!</p>
<p>I've always wondered . . . . going in, without people seeing you, is one thing. But, how do you know no-one is around as you're leaving your secret place. IF someone sees you leaving, your secret lair is blown.</p>
<p>My childhood has been resurrected! Fantastic!</p>
<p>I love these hidden doors. I made one with a sliding cabinet as a door. I mounted heavy duty drawer slides horizontally on the back of a wooden bookcase, then screwed the other portion to a wall. I attached wheels under the center of the bookcase to lighten the load. I cut a section of drywall between two studs for a doorway. The bookcase covers the opening but slides sideways to reveal the opening. I used a metal cable and pulley inside the room so that the cabinet can be pulled back into place from the inside. This was a father/son project I did and had a blast creating it. I've never seen another one like it. I'll throw up an instructable in a few days. </p>
<p>Outstanding....It is fun to see other people go....&quot;nuts! it does quite fit&quot; I am a subscriber now</p>
<p>&quot;Put ze candle back!&quot;</p>
<p>OMG why do SNARKS even visit sites like this. And if the thieves and burglars and crooks come in &quot;LET 'EM EAT BOOKS&quot;</p>
<p>I think this is the best thing since white bread. I absolutely love the total idea. I, too, love hidden rooms. My attic used to be &quot;IT.&quot; Thanks for sharing t his great brainstorm.</p>
<p>This is crazy cool.</p>
<p>Wow! Why didn't my parents think of this :D Good job!</p>
Simply Amazing!!! Good job.
woah! you made that look so easy. nicely executed!
<p>Great Stuff! Impressive. Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>How many I LOVE IT and AMAZING (s) does it take to cancel out one persons negative feedback. MichaelG9. . . .if you have a better idea, please share. If not, please don't.</p>
So cool! Love it!
<p>I enjoyed how you solved problems to get the desired result. I also have wished for a &quot;secret&quot; room. I don't see it in my future however. I did want to ask if you've ever done anything with vertical movement...aka elevators? I want to put in something like that to stay in our home, but commercial ones are expensive and not really what I want. I want something I can maintain and that will hold two people one in a wheelchair that spans three to four floors. Any ideas?</p>
You will need to check on the legality of homemade elevators. I have an uncle that repairs elevators, and apparently the safety code for elevators is rigorous. This may vary according to where you live, but I would guess it is still going to be hard to do, being that you need a license to even touch the elevators.
That's cool, I'm planning on making a hidden gun safe &amp; u gave me some good ideas. Thanks for sharing.
<p>Thank you for this! You are a genius! Please don't let the Nay sayers ever get to you. Wonderfully perfect!!</p>
Excellent build. Definitely inspired me
Four words, dude... Put ze candle BECK!
<p>Love them I'm only a teen but I like all those secret door and stuff. Thanks for the wonderful video</p>
<p>i love pockehole joinery. </p><p>how many step drills do you have and</p><p> do you send them out when they get dull.</p><p>i have an original kreg. it's aluminum!</p><p>nice project.</p>
<p>That's great door/book case combination. I only wish I had a hidden place so I could make a door for that. =D </p><p>Thank you for sharing, great clip! </p><p>Greetings from Finland! </p>
<p>super:)love your videos:)</p>
<p>by the way:)you can check my channel too if you want:)</p>
<p>Boom. Super cool.</p>
<p>I just watched two of your videos, and I am so impressed. You do amazing work and make it look so easy. Wish I had your talent. I love the secret room and the cube clock. Thanks for such interesting projects; keep up the good work.</p>
<p>Great 'able! And a lovely job. I have always loved secret spaces.</p>
<p>What's the weight limit on these hinges ? </p>
<p>Irrelevant,since 90+ % of the total weight is supported by casters</p><p><em><br></em></p>
<p>Wow! <br>You are great. Very talented and filled with fun! </p><p>Lots of patience too! Thanks for sharing with us your great talent. :)</p>
<p>Incredible cinematography for a How to video!! very helpful! I love it!</p>
<p>Great project &amp; very clear instructions. Thanks!!!</p>
<p>Nicely done! The video edit was put together really well.</p>
<p>I used a pricey hinge that pivot and holds 750lbs. Best home improvement ever. The bathroom is right off the kitchen. When company comes for dinner we close the shelf door and access the BR from the secondary door form the back bedroom. No more embarrassing moments for diners.</p>
<p>I'm in LOVE...this grandma wants her very own secret room....just need to figure out where to put it! Great instructable!</p>
Now I just need to find someone very experienced to do it for me! :)
<p>Awesome instructions. I did this in my son's closet, but didn't use the correct hinges and the door sagged once we loaded up the shelves. I really need to get back in there and fix it.</p><p>I also have to frame the floor of the attic space, but when done, it will be approximately 6' wide and about 17' deep.</p>
<p>Hi, love the door. Excellent design! Simple and efficient.</p><p>I have one thing to add though - exposed insulation is dangerous to your lungs! I would not let my son play i a room full of exposed insulation because of the risks.</p><p>http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-safety/tips/dangerous-insulation.htm</p>
<p>Good point. I think in this case the insulation is spray foam, not fiberglass, so it should be OK. </p>
<p>just wanted to let you know (as a fellow instructables/like-to-build-stuff kinda guy) how much i appreciate your attention to detail and care to your projects. phenom!</p><p>may you live to be 1000 years old.</p><p>=)</p><p>cheers,</p><p>//d</p>
<p>OMG! I totally want this!</p>
great craftsmanship! I think you fulfilled every guys boyhood fantasy here! I like your site too.

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