A Secret Bookcase Door That Is Not Just Cool—It Solves a Tricky Problem

A Secret Bookcase Door That Is Not Just Cool—It Solves a Tricky Problem

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Tara Bellucci
Jan 17, 2017

Our inner child loves a secret door—bookcase or otherwise. While they might come off as just for fun, one homeowner showed that, in his case, it was a practical solution to a tricky renovation.

(Image credit: Imgur user pannerg)

Imgur user pannerg bought a 1950s house last year, and he decided to change the layout from two small bedrooms and a detached bathroom to a larger master bedroom with an en suite bath. Because of the stairs to the basement and the lack of space for a traditional swing door (or even a pocket door!), one that slid forward and back was the best option for the tricky spot.

New layout above, old one below
(Image credit: Imgur user pannerg)

Pannerg gives a full breakdown on how he built and installed the door over on Imgur, but it involves pocket door tracks on the ceiling and magnets to act as a latch and keep the bookcase in place when the door is closed. "I do get a lot of suggestions about adding a secret book pull to unlock the door. Maybe something for the future but for now the magnets work great," he adds.

"It's extremely satisfying giving tours of our home and surprising guests by opening the secret bookcase to our bedroom," he writes.

Check out more of the bookcase in action:

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