Step 2: Inner Frame and Doors

After the plaster wall is cut out you can start placing the inner door frame into place. Cut them to size and drill starting with a 10mm shallow hole and another 3mm pilot hole. I used 90x20mm timber for the frame. Later on all holes will be closed with hard wood plugs.
It is very important to make sure the inner frame is square on the 45deg corners.
The best and most aqurate way to get the right door size is to make a drawing of the door opening. Use the frame material size adding that into the drawing  leaving 2-3mm between the 2 doors and the frame. After the drawing is finished all you have to do is place the timber on the drawing and bring all the lines from the drawing on the timber and cut. I used planed 2x2 for the doors and the inner panel thickness is 18mm.
After all the frame parts are cut use a router to make grooves for the inner wood panel, you can also add moulding with an electric router or just glue ready made moulding when the doors are finished. After the glue is dry give the doors a light sanding.
No need for special joints just use a wood adhesive and screws into every joint closing the screw holes with wood plugs aswell.
I used my  45deg steel angles for the corners and a ratchet strap around the frame to secure it. While the glue is drying place a small mdf block under the strap to protect the soft wood. 
You can add clamps to secure the frame to a flat surface that will prevent a twist.
<p>So now that this post is 6 years old, I gotta ask if it settled properly or if you ever had to reroute stair supports? </p>
<p>This is what I call utilizing every inch of your house including every nook and cranny that you can find. If there isn&rsquo;t any wiring or piping underneath the staircase, then you can use the space for storage. However, if there is a setup then it might get in your way. This reminds me of how I used to put racks in furniture and shelves on the walls as my way of getting the most out of my wardrobe.</p>
<p>This is an awesome instructable that looks complex but fun to make especially with that little helper of yours. However, sadly it would only work if you do not have existing pipings or wirings behind those plaster walls. That is why for me it has always been the self storage units as our savior for that additional storage space we all need on a daily basis.</p>
<p>This storage project looks like something that shouldn't be considered as an after thought. Like you said, what happens if there are wires and pipes behind there!</p>
<p>I saw soemthing similar for under the stairs storage with a pull our trolley to go under! I was really so impressed! Something I would totally try out if I had more than one story at my house .Haha!</p>
<p>This is awesome! I have very small rooms in my house, and my dog's crate is huge! I keep it up all the time because he likes to hang out in it. This would be a perfect use of space if I tuck it in there!</p>
This is awesome! I'm looking to do the same thing so I can put the cat's litter box in there. My problem is I want a custom door that I can open that looks similar to what we already have in the hall. Our idiot builder put the hot water heater in such a way that you can't get behind it and there's approx. 40sq feet of unusable space.
thats awesome<br><br>its like Harry Potter's room! yay!
great instructable. think you could install one in a bungalow?
You can install it where ever you have enough space behind a plaster wall to create the storage area.
but then it would just be a storage space... new idea bungastairs... all the bother of stairs none of the extra floor on the house... only 89.99 with shipping
Bungastairs I like that :-) and great price too ....
now i just need to perfect the installation of a stairlift into a bungalow and ill be a millionaire... i was thinking of putting it parallel to the floor at chair height... ill be on dragons den in no time XD
tee hee hee its just like the thingy in harry pork chop
A most excellent instructable. With some minor modifications, this can be used to turn the space into a &quot;secret&quot; space to hide things. I had been considering a project similar to this and these plans just made it all come together! Right on!!!
Thank you, I am happy this ible was useful to you, good luck with your project :-)
First of all Good Work looks like it could have come with the house. In response to the question of removing the support stud all that would have to be done on an opening that small would be to install some jack studs at the sides of the door and a header above the top opening of the door adjusting the height of the opening if necessary to cover the header. I love the shelves installed to the right of the opening and the paint was a nice feature.<br>Again Good Work!<br>
Thank you for your positive comment and thanks for adding another option regarding the support stud it's a great solution ;-)
this is truly an amazingly detailed instructable. wonderful, simply wonderful.
Thank you for your positive comment ;-)
can I use this to store my wizard nephew in?
It can store your wizard nephew of course thats a great idea just don't forget to place a good lock and a small hatch for the food tray...LOL
as long as there is a bed shouldn't be a problem
Did you do something to compensate for removing one support stud?
Thank you for your question, I was wondering who will be the first one to ask regarding removing the support stud. Every starircase is individuial in my case the spacing of my studs and door size allowed me to remove the middle stud without compromising the structural integrity of the staircase. There are a few options to compensate for removing support stud and one of them is just to place a stud in the center of the open between the two doors or behind them, again in my case there was no need the staircase is well supported if I decide to use it for elephants I will add some extra support .. .:-)

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