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Bookcase Doors – Buying Guide

Why are secret bookcases our most popular doors?

Secret Bookcase Door in Office

As seen in a Bloomberg feature on one of our doors above, bookcases are one of the most versatile, convenient and fun methods of concealing a room or closet. Read on to find out why, and how to buy the best!

Why Do Clients Buy a Bookcase Door?

Bookcase concealment of valuable items (such as firearms) is popular, but there are many other uses for a hidden bookcase!

Secret man cave door


    Decor Purposes for a Bookcase Door

  • Home theater doors – access it in style!
  • Kids playroom doors
  • Man cave entrance
    Security Purposes for a Bookcase Door

  • Entrance door to a Wine rooms
  • Hiding Guns and securing collectible firearms
  • Jewelry Security
  • Prepper vault, including food storage
  • Keeping passports at home safe
Where Are Secret Bookcases Often Found?

Row of 3 bookcase secret doors

Bookcases can covertly blend in to many surroundings, providing a natural fit. A home office is a common location to place a hidden bookcase. Bookcase passageways can be found in many other places as well, such as in living rooms, game rooms, as a towel cabinet in a bathroom, or in a bedroom.


Using a bookcase as a door is convenient in many of these situations because books and art can be displayed on its bookshelves.  What once was simply a door, can now be a functional area. Therefore, a secret bookcase often maximizes space. Additionally, bookcases are popular due to their famed use in popular culture – from Batman to Clue.

Don't Buy a "Budget" Bookcase Door

The Problem with “Budget” Bookcase Door Brands


We do not provide the cheapest secret doors. We provide the best secret doors.


Due to our wide-spread media attention over the years, a few low-cost brands have popped up in order to provide a cheaper option for consumers. Unfortunately, as is often true, you get what you pay for. If you’re interested in a bookcase door that is more of a fun gimmick, those other brands may be the right option for you. But if you are looking to invest in a secret bookcase that will last for decades, look beautiful, and be actually secret, then our doors are the only way to go.


Murphy Door Bookcase Problem

Common budget bookcase door problems include:

  • Rough closing process that damages door over time (see image on right)
  • Warping of wood
  • Rollers needed to support weight of door which leaves damage on floor
  • Significant door gaps (see image on right) which give secret away
  • Gaps in door point criminals right to your valuables
  • Light is visible behind bookcase
  • Not assembled by an expert team (their “assembly” does not include the frame)
  • Short shelves that do not hold actual books

Want to compare our product to other brands you are researching? Just give us a call.

Or, see more detailed secret door comparison information.


We do not recommend DIYing or hiring a contractor to build your secret door


We’ve spent the last 12 years exclusively specializing in secret doors such as hidden bookcases, and we can can confidently say that it is not cost effective to build a secret door from scratch – there are too many problems to run in to. 


After over a decade of work around the globe we’ve created the hardware and specially engineered plans to provide a seamless secret door, built to last for decades. A cabinet maker may offer to build your secret door, having done something “like it” in the past – but you’ll almost always be disappointed by the result or the cost. Each secret door installation is different and requires special expertise.


In fact, we receive calls every week of a home owner who had a contractor create a secret door only to ask us if we can fix it. We can’t – we need to build it right from the start.

Bookcase Door Hinges

Bookcase Door Hinges


We often get asked by customers about buying hidden door hinges for a bookcase that they are building, or buying bookcase door hardware. People often see our secret doors on TV programs or online videos and want to know how they can conceal their own door hinges the way we do.

They may have noticed how smooth our door hinges perform and are able to withstand load. Most of the time, they searched online and could not find an appropriate hinge for their DIY secret door.


Why? Because they don’t commercially exist.


Because there are no available hinges that support this type of weight and flexibility we had to invent and patent our own concealed door hinges and hardware. We’ve developed several hinges based on different doors, that include 5 point adjustment to adjust with your house, over time.



However, there is much more that makes a hidden door function properly, both the way in which the hinges are integrated and the other hardware and woodworking methods. For that reason, we do NOT sell our bookcase door hinges by themselves. We only sell complete secret door systems.

Bookshelf Door Options

We consider every creation to be flawlessly functional yet also artistically beautiful. Every piece of lumber for our doors is hand picked by our carpenters to ensure that only the finest wood is used. Once built, our doors are stained or painted in our dust free paint room to ensure a beautiful finish designed to last for years.

Single Bookcase Door

Single Bookcase Door

Double Bookcase Door

Double Bookcase Door

Sliding Bookcase Door

Sliding Bookcase Door

Our custom bookcase doors provide the flexibility to fit nearly any style to match the existing decor of your home. This provides a seamless, invisible door option to your intricately designed rooms. We can provide the most intricate of woodworking and detail. Bookcases can be converted into cabinets (such as a towel cabinet) by including features such as cabinet doors. There are many options aside from the standard bookcase – for example, sliding bookcase doors are a common request.

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Secret Door Security

Our ready-to-ship secret doors at The Hidden Door Store include an integrated locking mechanism. The door is unlocked by placing a magnet on a specific part of the bookcase frame.


Our custom secret doors provide a number of security options, including:Panic Room Vault DOor

  • Panic Room Door upgrade package
  • Bullet Proofing of Door to UL standards
  • Advanced trigger options, including biometric unlocking
  • Door Vault Style Manual Locking System
  • Battery Back Up To Ensure Against Power Failure
  • Secret Cameras to the outside

Buy Custom or Standard Bookcase Door

Custom Bookcase Door
  • Custom Bookcase Doors

  • $8,500+
    • Nearly Unlimited Design Options – can match existing home decor.
    • Custom sizing to fit any door opening measurements.
    • High security locking systems and triggers available.
    • Design and production takes 3-6 months.

  • Standard Size Bookcase Doors

  • $2,500+
    • Alder wood only. Paint grade and four finish colors available.
    • Door opening size based on standard measurements.
    • Locking system integrated. Operatedy by magnet.
    • Ships within a week

Secret Bookcase Door opened

Both our brands ship doors worldwide