Hidden Room Under the Stairs




Seems the problem is, there is never enough space. 
My mission is to find every speck of useful space in my house.
knowing that there was a large space under my stairs that wasn't being used was driving me insane.
But I didnt want to just put an ugly door or a fake air vent in the side of my stairs.
So I came up with the Idea of recessed shelves with one set of the shelves being a secret door.
Please be gentle this is my first instructable. I took a lot of pictures to help me get the idea across.

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Step 1:

First you need to find the empty space.
The larger portion under the stairs is taken up by my pantry.
Cut a hole in the wall preferably when your wife isnt home.
Be careful of any potential wires or plumbing that may be in the wall.
I couldnt wait to put things under there. There is a 6ft christmas tree, 4 plastic tubs, kids rocking chair, a wreath and various other small items. It sure beats going into the attic every Christmas.

Step 2:

Make a 2x4 frame for a door and attach a piece the drywall you cut out to the back of it to make a door.

Step 3:

Finish cutting out the rest of the drywall to the size that you want your shelves to be.
cut 2x4's to fit across the bottom to cover the hollow spots in the wall.

Step 4:

frame out the top with 2x4's and add wood to any wall studs to make them wider so they can be covered with a 1x4.

Step 5:

cut 1x4's to trim around the outside of the unit like in the pictures.

Step 6:

spray the backside of the drywall that is exposed with spray texture to match the rest of your wall.
then paint trim and drywall.

Step 7:

I had to add half inch strips of wood by the hinges to compensate for the thickness of the drywall for the piece of trim that will be added on top of it. I also added a gate latch to the back of the door at this time you can see how it works in the final video.

Step 8:

cut the final two strips of 1x4 to cover wall stud and the stud with hinge. Then paint.
the trim that is over the door hinge is held in place with magnets.

Step 9:

I then cut 1 inch strips of molding to go around the inside corners of the sections leaving gaps for the shelves to go into.
I glued all of these in place.

Step 10:

I cut a pre-laminated 4x8 sheet of wood for the shelves then added white plastic trim to front of each shelf.

Step 11:

OK so here are pictures and a video of the final product.
There were a few scratch my head moments along the way but all in all it wasn't so bad once I got up the nerve to cut that first hole.
again this was my first istructable so be nice and if you liked it please vote for me in the Weekend Projects Contest.
Thank you.

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    119 Discussions


    8 months ago on Introduction

    This is a really clever idea! I have always thought of building a store room underneath the stairs but never thought to make it well-hidden!


    Ok, I love secret spaces as much as t he next person, but this seriously creeps me out. I probably have watched way too many horror movies…


    2 years ago

    Welp, I think it's time to become Harry Potter


    3 years ago

    I like the photos BUT did not like the downloading of the video and P104695.mov,To me it took to long to view so I moved on.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    It used to stream the video from the instructable sight.
    I don't know why it doesn't any more.
    But it's still worth the download


    Reply 3 years ago

    it's not really easy but you can take the hinges off. if you use a string that's heavy duty (maybe heavy fishing line) I don't really see that becoming an issue. what I have is a thin braded nylon cord like the use on the pull starter of remote control cars.


    5 years ago

    this is absolutely genius thanks for the idea man!!!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Hey congratulations on being a finalist in the weekend projects contest! I love this idea. I'm currently renovating a building into my home and wanted to do some cool secret room sort of ideas. Since a lot of it is already down to latte in areas and darn it, if I'm going to do it I should make it cool! Anyway, this is on my list of ideas to put into the building so many thanks!!

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank You, I'm really happy about being A finalist.
    Have fun making all the cool hidden rooms. :)

    Hidden Rooms are wonderful. I found one in my house after I bought it .. lol .. took me a month or two to find it and get it open .. fun.

    i have always been in wonder of hidden rooms and hidden doors. i find them facinating. great job showing all the steps. only thing i would of liked to see is the finished shelves with the door opened

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    I think you can in the video. If you can t see good enough just let me know and I'll post another picture. Oh and please vote . Thanks


    6 years ago on Step 11

    That's fantastic! Really well done. We have a cupboard under our stairs with a full sized door, but this makes me want to make a hidden door in the side and block up the regular door, LOL. Voted!

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    6 years ago on Step 11

    Excellent project and very professional.
    Now you need to tackle what seems to be a lot of wasted space in that pantry!
    What about a tall rectangular box on wheels or runners that you can pull out?
    Full of shelves that you can then access from the side.

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