Look! Sliding Doors for a Secret Room

Look! Sliding Doors for a Secret Room

Grace Shu
Mar 2, 2009

We've always had a soft spot for secret rooms...this is probably due to being fans of the original 70s spoofy spy television shows like Get Smart and The Avengers; or maybe it was all those field trips to Monticello back in grade school. Regardless, everyone knows that the real magic of a secret room is the entryway: a sliding bookcase, a swiveling fireplace, a moving wall...that element of surprise is key. So when we spotted these clever "doors" in this home featured in Australia's Inside Out magazine, we began hunting around for DIY ways to re-create the look...

Essentially, the doors in the photo are two huge canvases attached to a sliding track. Closed, they form one gigantic painting and hide the hallway and bedroom beyond. Not only is it visually appealing, but it also offers a sleek alternative to a traditional swinging door or French doors.

Want to re-create this look? We dug around in our archives and found this oldie but goodie from our very own Maxwell: How to Build Sliding Felt Doors--instead of felt, get two stretched canvases and paint them together before mounting the hangers to the top of each canvas panel.

If your space needs more storage, you could also use narrow bookcases as doors as well. Check out this secret room with a DIY sliding bookcase by Nicole over at Ikeahacker. Also, Rachael over at AT:DC showed off this secret bathroom at the Artists Residence Inn in Dupont Circle.

[ Photo from MidCentury Jo's Flickr ]

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