How to Build a Secret Closet

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Secret doors and hidden rooms provide safety and security from theft and home invasion. You can make a secret closet by removing the closet’s door and adapting a bookcase to the front instead. You will need a bookcase that has a height and width that is slightly larger than that of the closet, along with hardware supplies and tools. Expect to spend a couple of hours building your secret closet so that the final look is both unobtrusive and natural to the room.

Things You'll Need

  • Bookcase kit
  • Two 4-inch piano hinges
  • Pliers
  • Ruler
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Wood screws
  • Black magic marker
  • Toggle holders
  • Hammer
  • Flat-edged screwdriver
  • Purchase a bookcase that is slightly larger than the dimensions of the door of the closet that will become the select closet. Put together the bookcase.

  • Insert the tip of the flat-edged screwdriver into the top of the hinge that is at the top of the closet door. Pull up on the tip of the flat-edged screwdriver to loosen the hinge.

  • Pull the hinge out of the hinge frame on the closet door with the pliers. Repeat this procedure with the hinge at the bottom of the closet door.

  • Pull the closet door out from the hinges attached to the door frame. Put the closet door away in a safe, hidden location.

  • Measure down 2 feet from the upper right edge of the back of the bookcase. Put a piano hinge on the 2 foot-mark. Screw wood screws into the piano hinge with the electric screwdriver.

  • Measure up 2 feet from the bottom right edge of the back of the bookcase. Screw a piano hinge at the 2-foot mark in the same manner.

  • Place the right side of the bookcase against the right side wall of the closet. Place the two piano hinges against the wall.

  • Make a mark where the screws go on the two piano hinges with the black magic marker. Move the bookcase away from the right side of the closet.

  • Hammer a wood screw slightly into each of the marks made in the wall. Insert a toggle holder into each of the holes. Hammer the toggle holders into the holes with the hammer.

  • Place the right side of the bookcase against the right side wall of the closet. Put a screw through each of the holes of the two piano hinges.

  • Line up piano hinges with the holes made in the wall.

  • Put a screw through each of the holes in the two piano hinges. Screw the screws into the holes in the wall using the electric screwdriver.

  • Push the left side of the bookcase up against the wall. You can now enter and exit your secret closet at will.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use gallery putty on the bottom of any objects on the bookcase that might move to secure them in position.
  • You cannot make any modifications to the wall if you are a renter.

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