How To Make A Hidden Door In A Wall

A hidden wall entrance is a great way to add value and enhance the functionality of your home, but it’s also fun to create. Read on for how-to steps to make your own.

You will need the following materials and tools to create a hidden door in your wall:


  • plywood
  • screws
  • hinges (optional)


  • hammer (for free-standing door panels) or pneumatic nailer (for wall-mounted doors)

A door, preferably with a lightweight core.

You’ll need a door, preferably with a lightweight core. This is the best option for this project because it’s easy to work with and inexpensive. If you can’t find one at your home improvement store, try searching Craigslist—you’ll be surprised by how many people are selling them for cheap!

Other options include the use of a hollow core door or solid core door; however, these two types are not ideal for this project due to their weight and how difficult they are to cut through.

Door hinges.

To create a hidden door, you will need to install hinges on both the door and the frame. Hinges allow for the door to swing open and closed easily. This can be done in one of two ways: by using screws or nails that are mounted into place on each structure, or by using hinges that are already attached. If you choose to use pre-attached hinges, they will usually come with all of their necessary attachments so that they can simply be slid into place over existing wood surfaces (or metal ones if you have chosen those).

In order for your door to open smoothly when it is swung open, there must also be a latch installed on its interior side so that once opened, it does not fall back shut automatically. Latches come in many different styles and sizes; some are made from metal while others are plastic-based materials like nylon or polypropylene — no matter which type you choose though remember that they should match whatever material was used when building out your secret passage!

A high-quality door latch or handle.

A high-quality door latch or handle.

If you want to make sure your hidden door is secure and safe, then you should pick a high-quality door latch. A good one will have a strong mechanism that can withstand wear and tear over time, as well as being durable enough so that it doesn’t break easily. It also needs to be easy to use (especially if you’re going to be using it often), not too big or small when compared with other doors in your house, not too loud when opening or closing the door, made out of a material that’s easy to clean (so no metal parts!), and have key lock options so nobody else can get inside without permission

Wallboard or similar material for the wall (cut appropriately to size).

You want to create a hidden door in a wall? Wallboard is the perfect material. Made of gypsum, drywall is lightweight, easy to cut and relatively inexpensive. You can also paint it to match your surrounding walls so that no one will ever know it’s there!

If you’re like me, though, you don’t have any experience with installing drywall or painting walls—so before we get started with this project (and our hidden door), let’s talk about some tools and materials that should make your life easier when building your own secret entrance.


  • Claw hammer (a good-quality one will last longer)
  • Utility knife (for cutting drywall)

Finishing nails and/or screws (preferably drywall screws).

  • Finishing nails and/or screws (preferably drywall screws). These are the tools you will use to attach your door to the wall. You will need a few of each to get started, but as you progress, you’ll find that finishing nails are cheaper and easier to use than drywall screws. Drywall screws are stronger than finishing nails, so if your door is going to be opened frequently and/or against great resistance, then go ahead and buy some drywall screws instead of looking for alternatives in Home Depot’s aisle labeled “Wall Anchors.”

Spackle and drywall tape.

Spackle and drywall tape are both available at hardware stores. A jigsaw is used to cut wood and drywall, while an oscillating tool is used to cut openings in drywall. If you plan on cutting through drywall with a traditional tool such as a jigsaw or circular saw, make sure that the blade is sharpened before starting your project!

If you want to create a hidden door without any tools at all (and if you have access to power tools), use an oscillating tool like this one from Black & Decker:

Drywall tools (including sanding block, taping knife, putty knife, etc.).

To make a hidden door, you’ll need to gather some tools and materials. These include:

  • Drywall tools (including sanding block, taping knife, putty knife, etc.).
  • Electrical tape or painter’s tape for masking off the area you’re working on to prevent getting drywall dust all over your home.
  • Spackle or another type of joint compound for filling holes in the walls. You can buy this at any hardware store; it comes in different colors depending on what color you want your finished wall surface to be. This should be mixed with water until it has a consistency similar to cake batter when using spackle but thicker when using joint compound).

Paint that matches the surrounding surfaces.

Paint that matches the surrounding surfaces.

Make sure the paint you use in your hidden door blends in with your surroundings. Paint that’s too different from the rest of your home will stand out and look cheap, so be sure to choose one that matches at least one or two other parts of the room. If you aren’t sure what color to choose, ask around until someone who works in design tells you which shade would go well.

When buying paint for this project, keep these things in mind:

  • A paint should be suitable for where it’s going to be installed and durable enough not to get damaged easily by heat or cold (or even moisture). You can find out whether a specific paint is appropriate by looking up its material safety data sheet online—it’ll tell you exactly what kind of surface conditions it can withstand without chipping off before its time comes!
  • Make sure there are no fumes produced when using this product because they may cause serious illness if inhaled over long periods of time without proper protection such as masks worn around nose/mouth areas during application processes followed by washing hands afterward.”

Tools required to cut out the hole in the wall (e.g. jigsaw or oscillating tool) and to cut the door to size (e.g. jigsaw).

Tools Required:

  • Jigsaw or oscillating tool to cut out the hole in the wall.
  • Jigsaw to make the hidden door to size. This will depend on your door design, but it should be at least 7″ x 7″. If you are making a door from something thinner than 5/8” thick you may need an electric drill and some holes drilled in order for your hinges and handle to fit properly.

Materials Required:

You will need a few different materials depending on what kind of hidden door you would like to make. A basic wooden panel with no windows would require 1×3 pine boards or similar pieces cut at 7”x7” (this size works well because it allows us enough room for a standard 3/4″ latch). You can also use plywood if desired but be aware that this will add significantly more weight than using wood boards which could cause issues within your wall cavity if not properly reinforced prior installation.* Paint – A good color match is important because we want our new piece of furniture blending into its surroundings as much as possible.* Finishing nails/screws – These are needed for attaching hinges, handles etc., so choose wisely!

Compass and pencil for marking measurements on wood and walls.

  • Compass and pencil for marking measurements on wood and walls.
  • Pencil for marking the wall.
  • Pencil for marking the wood.

Measuring tape for measuring items and holes on walls.

You will need a measuring tape for this project. A measuring tape is a tool that can be used to measure items and holes on walls. It is used to measure the distance between two points, as well as the size of a hole. Measuring tape is useful for determining the size of doors, so it should be available if you are planning on making hidden doors in your home or office space.

I hope this article inspires you to be creative when installing doors.

This article is meant to inspire you to be creative when installing doors. If you’re willing to use your imagination and get a little adventurous, you can make a hidden door in the wall of any room of your house. You’ll need some tools and materials, but this project is easy enough for anyone who’s handy with tools or has basic carpentry skills.

It’s worth considering that different rooms will require different types of hidden doors. For example, if you’d like to hide your new office from view when guests come over but still want quick access from within, consider creating an open cabinet door that leads into the office space when closed and swings shut once inside so as not to reveal anything about what’s behind it (see image below). The same concept can be applied elsewhere: If one hallway leads into another area where privacy may be desired (like a bathroom), then having both entrances close off completely might seem unnecessary—but having one lead outside instead would allow easy access without making anyone feel like they’ve walked into someone else’s home unexpectedly


You should now be ready to create your own hidden door. If you have any questions about this project, please leave a comment below and I will try my best to help out.

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