Hidden bookcase door white inswing left

Standard Bookcase Doors

A conventional doorway is often wasted space, but by installing one of our Hide-A-Way Doors, you can gain up to 20 cubic feet of additional storage!

The term "Hidden Doors" is often associated with bookcase doors, suggesting their primary use is to conceal rooms. However, these doors offer countless other practical applications beyond just hiding spaces.

Hide-A-Way Doors provides a variety of bookcase doors categorized into two main types: Standard and Concealment. While all bookcase doors have numerous practical applications, standard bookcase door designs focuses primarialy on utility and storage.

Our design may look simular to what other companies offer with the exception that all of our out-swing doors come with our patent pending TopSeal already installed making our standard doors more hidden.

Standard vs. Alpha (concealment)

Intended Purposes

Our Standard Bookcase Door Design is similar to what other companies call
"Hidden Doors." Because we own the Alpha Door Design, we classify our bookcase doors as standard and designed for utility and storage. For top concealment doors please see our

Alpha Door Designs.

 

Limitations

The unique design that makes an Alpha Door an effective concealment door also comes with certain drawbacks, which might discourage customers whose primary intention is not concealment. Standard doors, on the other hand, do not have these limitations.

Customize It

Fancy the concept but yearning for a unique twist? We have several options on the order form to personalize your order. Have an idea for something a bit different? We are interested to hear your idea, you can shoot us an email: designs@hideawaydoors.com or you can give us a call: 888-928-4534

~ HOW IT'S MADE ~

~MATERIAL CHOICES~

Just like a well built house starts with a good foundation, same is true for our doors. At Hide-A-Way Doors, our doors are handmade using only the finest materials that provide strength and durability for years to come. We carry 6 different types of domestic wood types in stock, we can also special order other types of domestic and exotic wood species at your request.

 

Paint or Stain Finishes

In Stock Options for Paint or Stain finishes. Custom Colors: Our system is set up for furniture quality finishes using lacquers and solvents that have to be sprayed on and cannot be rolled or brushed. We can match just about any color of paint or stain but require a sample on the same type of wood be sent to us:

Hide-A-Way Doors, LLC- 325 S. Sugar Hollow Rd - Morristown, Tn 37813

 

Stain & Clear Coat

The following 6 in stock colors are all with Maple wood, results may vary from photos or when changing wood species. Custom stain colors are welcome, please see more information

rough opening chart

Determing Door Size

Rough Opening

For accurate door sizing, it's recommended to measure your opening from the wall's framing, commonly referred to as the Rough Opening or "RO." To determine the actual size of your door subtract 2" from the width and the height of your RO measurements.

  1. To measure the width ("A"), start from the wall framing (stud) on one side and measure across to the other side. Measure at least 3 different spots and write down the smallest measurement
  2. To measure the height, from the floor* to the bottom of the header framing ("B") in at least 3 different areas and write down the smallest measurement
  3. To measure the wall or jamb depth measure from the outside of the wall covering (typically 1/2" drywall) to the other side of the wall making sure not to measure with the case molding attached ("C"). if the measurement varies some write down the largest width of the wall and go by that when ordering

*It is of utmost importance to consider the flooring when determining the height of your door. If you measure the height before installing the flooring, the door may not fit properly.

finished opening chart

Determing Door Size

Measuring from a finish opening (Existing Door)

  1. Open your door
  2. "E" measure across your opening from the surface of the jamb on the right to jamb surface on the other side, this measurement corilates to your door size (width).
  3. Make sure you measure from the furthest point and not from the door stop or the hinge
  4. "D" Measure from the top of your finished floor* to the underside of your finish jamb on the top, this measurement corilates to your door size (height).

*It is of utmost importance to consider the flooring when determining the height of your door. If you measure the height before installing the flooring, the door may not fit properly.

Determining Swing Direction

Navigating swing directions for doors can be perplexing. Door swings change depending on perspective; for instance, a door's front may have hinges on the right, but from the rear view, the hinges are on the left. While some companies determine swing solely based on the hinge side, we at Hide-A-Way Doors utilize our 35+ years of experience in custom building and remodeling to establish the terminology offered on this site. Our swing direction is specifically focusing on normal interior residential doors. It's essential to understand that other manufacturers may adopt different methods for determining swing directions. Therefore, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with our approach and how we manufacture our hidden bookcase doors, as Hide-A-Way Doors cannot guarantee alignment with other manufacturers' determinations.

*Deep Wall Limitation Warning

*All in-swinging bookcase doors max jamb/ wall depth 6-1/2" No restrictions on out-swining doors.

Passthrough Clearance

Passthrough Clearance refers to the available space within a doorway that allows people, furniture, or other objects to move through safely and comfortably. In the case of a bookcase door, a portion of the doorway is occupied by the door's depth, leaving the remaining area known as "Passthrough Clearance."

*All bookcase doors can be removed from their hinges to create more passthrough clearance if needed.

How to Determine Passthrough for In-Swing Doors

  1. Your Door's finished size
  2. Subtract 6-7/8" (6.875) from your doors width
  3. Total=E Passthrough Clearance

Example: 36" wide door -6-7/8" = 29-1/8 (E-Passtrhough Clearance)

D: Min adjacent wall clearance needed for A= 1.5" B=3.5" C=5.5" (C: all Bedroom Organizers, Wine Glass, and Double Sided Doors)

How to Determine Passthrough for Out-Swing Doors

  1. Take your door's finished size
  2. To find "E" for door "A" Subtract door's width by 10"
  3. To find "E" for door "B" Subtract width by 12"
  4. To find "E" for door "C" Subtract width by 14"

Example: for an 8-1/4" Deep Out-Swing Door that is 36" wide the passthrough clearance is 26"

D: Min adjacent wall clearance needed for ABC= 1.5"

Locking and Latching Systems

Hidden doors are great if they fool the prying eye, need a little more assurance? We can help, have a look at what we offer.

Mechanical Latch

Each bookcase door is furnished with a mechanical latch. This latch bears the weight of the bookcase and its contents when the door is not in use, and it also secures the door in the closed position*. Installation of the latch is required after the door has been properly installed and adjusted, as detailed in the installation manual.

*The mechanical latch is not a lock or part of a locking system.