To Hide, or not to Hide?

After buying a "Hidden Door" from a compeditor did you notice a glaring gap at the top letting light shine through, defeating its very own purpose? This is typically known in the industry as "Swing Gaps." Many brands gloss over these swing gaps, some even edit them out of their images, while others display their outswinging doors conveniently open as a way to make the gap less obvious. Not with Hide-A-Way Doors; with a name that emphasizes "Hide", we felt compelled to innovate.

Enter our unique patent pending design, The Top Seal. While it may appear as just a minor component of a hidden door, it represents a major milestone in hidden door technology. Outswing bookcase doors have always presented design challenges due to the necessary space between the bookcase top and the trim bottom. But with Hide-A-Way Door's pioneering "Top Seal" design, this issue is a thing of the past.

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Hide-A-Way Doors - Top Seal

how most companies advertise their hidden doors

How others hide this from their customers

This is the exact same photo of the door to the left (above on mobil phones) with the exception that is was taken in the open position. If you look at some of the hidden door companies online pay attention to their outswing doors, they typically show you photos of their out-swing door in the open position to hide the light coming through from the back side of the door. Some went as far as to edit that annoying space out by way of computer editing. Others boast "Small swing gaps." Thanks to our Top Seal Design, we dont have any space.

example of a hidden door with a gap

Actual look without Top Seal

Visable light coming through the front of a bookcase door, not very hidden. Even the smallest of gaps at the top won't stop light from coming through. Installing a piece of trim across the top creates a pinching problem that won't allow you to open your door!

no gaps on our hidden doors

With the The Top Seal installed

Hide-A-Way Door's patent pending design is spring mounted and can be installed on any hidden bookcase door! The Top Seal is designed to adjust to your door's opening and closing so it won't snag on the door. The Top Seal completely removes any space that would let light passthrough.

the top seal from Hide-A-Way Doors

How do I get the Top Seal for My Door?

Every new purchase of an out-swing bookcase door from Hide-A-Way Doors already has the Top Seal installed. Your door will arrive with the Top Seal adjusted all the way in to prevent from shipping damages. After your bookcase door is installed and properly adjusted, open your door about 45* exposing the adjustment bolt closest to the bookcase's hinge side. Using a 5/32" Allen wrench, turn the bolt out in such a way where the top seal lowers about 1/2 the distance to touching the top face frame of the bookcase. Do the same for the remaining bolts until the top seal is about half the distance to the top of the bookcase all the way across the top of the door. Go back to the first bolt and lower the top seal until the seal rests lightly on top of the bookcase's face frame. Repeat for the remaining adjustment bolts making sure the bolt doesn't come directly into contact with the top of the bookcase.

Question: How do I order the Top Seal for a competitor’s door or an older Hide-A-Way Door?

Answer: Simply follow this link, answer a few questions and we will send you out the Top Seal to retrofit on your door.