Fulfill a Childhood Dream With a Hidden-Door Kit
Secret passageways aren’t just for spooky mansions
Most people only dream about having a hidden door somewhere in their house, perhaps after seeing one in an episode of Scooby Doo or The Munsters, but installing your own may be easier than you think. The Murphy Door Company builds kits in a variety of styles, so you’re bound to find one that will work in your home. Choose from a flush-mount door that looks like a built in bookcase or a surface mount model that appears to be a freestanding piece of furniture. There’s even a hardware-only kit, so you can custom build a cabinet to perfectly match your style and budget.
- Complete hidden-door/cabinet kits available in flush mount, surface mount, and double door versions can be custom built to fit your project
- Ready-to-ship cabinet kits and hardware-only kits are affordable alternatives
- Oak, maple, cherry, alder, hickory, and paint-grade finishes available
- Hardware kits start at $139.95; Complete door/cabinet kits start at $599 and can go up to several thousand dollars depending on size, finish, and custom details
Hidden doors shouldn’t scuff your floors
Over the years I’ve seen quite a few examples of homemade cabinets built as hidden doors. Many DIYers add a wheel of some sort that rolls along the floor at the outer corner of the door because it’s tough to find hinges that can handle the extreme amount of weight that has to swing freely in order for a cabinet to work as a door. Over time, the wheel makes a mark on the floor, revealing the secret of the hidden door.
One crafty friend of mine avoided this problem by building a sturdy hinge out of angle iron and car-axle bearings bolted directly to the framing of his house. My friend’s hinge required some serious backyard engineering and welding skills, and, though I admire the creativity that went into it, I think the Murphy Door kits offer a more elegant solution.
In the most basic kit, two adjustable pivot pins fasten securely into a pretty basic jamb that only looks a little more complicated than a standard door frame. Murphy Door even has a well organized help page on their website with downloadable installation manuals and a video covering a complete install. They make it look easy enough, and the basic kits are affordable enough, that I’m determined to find a good place to add a secret door in my house.
A flush-mount Murphy Door kit looks like a built-in bookcase when the door is closed
Murphy Door surface-mount kits work like a giant bifold door
All door/cabinet kits are avaialble in oak, maple, cherry, alder, hickory, or paint-grade finishes
Choose a basic hardware kit if you want to build your own hidden door from scratch