15 hidden door ideas to create secret rooms and passageways in your home

A wood panelled room with a concealed doorway
(Image credit: Future / James French Photography)

Hidden doors are the perfect way to transform a plain wall or bookcase into a unique design feature. Not only do they allow you to live out your spy movie fantasies, but they also serve a practical purpose by concealing storage and secret spaces. 

Incorporating a hidden door in your home could be as simple as blending the door into its surroundings with paint, or as impressive as installing a secret bookcase door that is accessible only to those who know where to look.

Headshot of David Craigie Director of Craigie Woodworks
David Craigie

David designs, makes and installs bespoke kitchens and handmade furniture from his workshop in Somerset. His company Craigie Woodworks work throughout the south of England, hand crafting bespoke kitchens of the highest quality. The company also designs other bespoke furniture, including bookcases, doors, tables, wardrobes and bathroom cabinets.

Headshot of Paolo Fedeli, Founder of Bespoke Carpentry London Ltd
Paolo Fedeli

Paolo Fedeli created Bespoke Carpentry London Ltd in 1996 and has been working as a custom, specialist carpenter since then. He has many years of previous experience working as a carpenter in Italy and an outstanding reputation for providing good value service. BCL create traditional and contemporary style, bespoke fitted furniture for clients throughout the whole of greater London. 

Headshot of Rhiannon Phenis, Head of Design at Sola Kitchens
Rhiannon Phenis

A Product Design graduate, Rhiannon has gained a wealth of experience in all things kitchens having worked in the industry since 2007. Striking a perfect balance between creativity and functionality to hit the clients’ brief is what won her the title of Kitchen Designer of the Year in 2018. When she is not in the showroom with a cup of tea in her hand, you’ll find her on the netball courts, planning one of her next culture trips or eating out anywhere she’s not tried before.

Headshot of Helen Parker, Creative Director of DeVOL
Helen Parker

Helen has been the Creative Director of DeVOL since 2011, transforming the company with her trend-forecasting skills and unique style. In her role she designs kitchen displays and bespoke fitted furniture, as well as contributing to DeVOL's development from local business to household name. Helen oversees kitchen design training, manages styling and photography, and contributes to product design. She has been widely recognised in the national media for her expertise in interiors and home styling.  

Mark Brinkley
Mark Brinkley

Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. The Housebuilder’s Bible is the go-to hardback for self builders; originally published in 1994, it is updated every two years with up-to-date build costs and information on planning and building regulations, and is currently in its 14th reiteration.

Hugh Metcalf
Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is Deputy Editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former Digital Editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer. 

Headshot of Jessica Davis, CEO of The Library Ladder Company
Jessica Davis

Jessica is the CEO and Founder of The Library Ladder Company. From wall panelling to rolling library ladders, llcompany sells a carefully curated product range designed to complement each other and transform home interiors with bespoke fitted furniture, wall panels and mouldings. 

Gabriella Dyson
Assistant Editor

Gabriella is Homebuilding & Renovating's Assistant Editor. She is a DIY enthusiast and a lover of all things interior design. She’s spent the past decade crafting copy for regional publications, award-winning architects, and leading UK homeware brands. 

She has a particular passion for historic buildings and listed properties, and she is currently in the process of renovating a Grade II-listed Victorian coach house in the West Country. At Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine, Gabriella is responsible for curating the magazine's home case studies and regularly contributes to the Homebuilding website.