Hidden Doors & Secret Passageways

Hidden Doors & Secret Passageways

For as long as Spot Cool Stuff has been fantasizing about the house of our dreams — the mansion we would build if money were no object — our imaginary plans have included trap doors, secret rooms and hidden passageways.

For some time, we assumed that installing a hidden door in real life would require a hiring a general contractor who would surely shoot us a suspicious look when we explained what we wanted. But once we started doing the research we learned that there are over a dozen companies with the specialty of installing stealth entrance ways. Some even stock pre-built hidden doors you can install yourself!

And you needn’t have a spooky mansion, eccentric tastes or a now-it-puts-the-lotion-in-the-basket creepiness to you to have a secret door either. There are several reasons why you may want to consider having a hidden door in your house.

Primary among those reasons: space efficiency. A normal door occupies wall area that could otherwise be used for, say, a bookshelf. Do you have a room or storage area you don’t need frequent access to? Hide the entrance to it behind a fireplace, staircase, mirror, wall panel or a painting.

Some people have hidden doors for security reasons. To conceal a vault, for example. Or to hide a panic room made popular by the 2002 Jodie Foster flick.

Mostly, though, we think there’s something about a hidden door that’s magical — and exceptionally cool. Check out the photos, below.

Companies that specialize in hidden doors

This is by no means a complete list:

Creative Home Engineering — Spot Cool Stuff’s favorite hidden door company. They have the most creative designs and build all types of hidden entryways included armored doors and doors with biometric access control.

The Hidden Door Company — Specializes mostly in bookcase hidden doors but will manufacture designs specific to your situation.

Niche Doors — has high-quality pre-built hidden doors made of wood.

Hide A Door — offers some of the most inexpensively priced hidden doors. Their website has a form where you can request a free quote.

Space San Diego — deals with an array of space saving and optimizing furniture, not only hidden doors but also Murphy beds and stacking stools.

updated: 16 Sept 2012


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  2. Yoyoyo says:

    December 20th, 2012at 1:39 am(#)

    That’s cool! I want to have this hidden doors in my home ;)
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  3. Stylish door says:

    November 15th, 2012at 5:28 am(#)

    WOW. Brilliant job man. I just love the mind creativity.
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  4. LeaMikhaela says:

    October 21st, 2012at 11:31 am(#)

    Those Doors are amazing.. They are being used as bookshelves, and some are hidden like it was just part of the wall, I am very awe struck to see fabulous doors designed this way..

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  5. Danyelle Franciosa says:

    August 13th, 2012at 11:32 pm(#)

    So surprising list of secret doors!
    At home, we don’t have one, I still cannot figure out where would I put a secret door!

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  6. Commercial Garage Doors says:

    February 2nd, 2012at 5:17 am(#)

    Wonderful Blog- These are really amazing pics of the doors, it is useful to make beautiful internal part of home.

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  7. sheila thibault says:

    January 15th, 2012at 9:41 am(#)

    how much would you say this would cost to build? the display cabinet that is a door…the white one?….

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    Spot Cool Stuff Reply:


    You’d have to contact the manufacturer directly about the most current pricing—click on the photo of the product you are interested in.

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  8. Marie says:

    December 10th, 2011at 9:28 am(#)

    I love these ideas…I would love to have a little secret hole behind a picture to store some of my valuables…it would be cool. I also like the idea of having a door be a bookshelf too – a nice hiding place away from the kids haha!
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  9. shurifinee56438 says:

    August 5th, 2011at 4:25 pm(#)

    perfect idea to scare the bahjesus out of someone

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  10. Esther says:

    August 3rd, 2011at 10:38 am(#)

    didn’t think we could get these for our own homes.. so want to install the fireplace one!

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  11. maz says:

    June 23rd, 2011at 1:57 am(#)

    Amazeballs! Perfect for my spooky mansion!

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  12. Rhett says:

    March 31st, 2011at 8:50 am(#)

    I have a door like that it leads to the secret annex in the back to our house where i keep all my … Stuff

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  13. Lillian says:

    March 4th, 2011at 7:14 pm(#)

    whoever made this, i love you

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  14. Offgrid says:

    November 16th, 2010at 4:00 pm(#)

    I’m going to design an entire apartment based on this concept of swinging walls. You can reconfigure the space however you want.


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  15. John P Dolden (SavingsExpert) says:

    September 28th, 2010at 3:56 am(#)

    It was good to see these really great and unique ideas for the home.

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  16. Astard says:

    August 15th, 2010at 4:08 pm(#)

    I like the fact that the book to pull to open the bookshelf door was Sherlock Holmes..

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  17. Dug says:

    March 19th, 2010at 7:59 am(#)

    Wow simply rocking gr8 ideas.

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  18. Brad says:

    January 30th, 2010at 4:18 pm(#)

    The hidden passage under the stares would most definitely go good in my house and in my opinion is the coolest hiding place to have because not very many people have one unless there rich or what ever and because no one would think to look there.

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  19. angela says:

    January 30th, 2010at 12:22 am(#)

    where could someone get the “diy” plans to build something like this in their own home?

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    Spot Cool Stuff Reply:


    At some of the websites we linked to you can order the door and install it yourself. The thing is, because every house is different it isn’t really possible to have a standard set of instructions that would work for everyone.

    ~ SCS

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  20. Steve says:

    December 8th, 2009at 2:23 pm(#)


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  21. Aaron says:

    December 8th, 2009at 2:22 pm(#)


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  22. Bob says:

    December 8th, 2009at 2:21 pm(#)

    totally wicked!!!!!!! i wanna room like that!!!!!!!

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