How to Hide Doors in Wainscoting


If you have an interior door to a room that is no longer needed you can hide it in wainscoting if you do not want to install framing and drywall. Hiding the door in wainscoting will allow you to access the door opening if you ever decide to uncover the door in the future. You can hide a door in wainscoting by first deciding on the type of wainscoting that you want to use in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Pry bar
  • Hammer
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Power drill
  • Tape measure
  • Finish nails
  • Nail gun
  • Insert the end of a pry bar between the door trim and the wall. Tap on the bar with the hammer and then pry down to separate the trim from the wall. Repeat this process to remove the remaining trim from around the door.

  • Place the end of the flat head screwdriver under the hinge pin on the bottom door hinge. Tap on the end of the screwdriver to force the pin out of the hinge. Repeat this process on the top door hinge.

  • Take the door off of the hinges and set it aside. Remove the screws that are used to secure the hinges to the wall with the power drill.

  • Measure the width and height of the door opening with the tape measure. Transfer the measurement to a sheet of wainscoting to ensure that the wainscoting will cover the door.

  • Set the sheet of wainscoting over the door opening. Secure the wainscoting to the wall by driving finish nails into the wooden door frame with the nail gun.

  • Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to cover the door opening with wainscoting on the other side of the door.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wainscoting can be as tall or short as you want on the walls in your home.
  • Attach molding around the edges of the wainscoting for a finished look.
  • Cover the entire length of the wall to provide a seamless look.

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