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post #1 of 11 Old 07-02-2016, 09:08 AM - Thread Starter
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Hidden or Secret Entry Door

Hi guys,

I've had my dedicated HT for more that an a decade and always wished I had built a hidden entry door at the beginning.

The opening is 48" wide and has a double door configuration right now. Hinges are at outside edges and doors open out of the HT. The walls are 2x6's so I have enough depth to do a bookcase. My thoughts are to build a hidden door and construct it so it blends in to the decor and looks like a bookcase. Open it and here is the HT.

I've seen some info on the net, including some instructables, but thought the odds are that someone else on the forum has been down this path.

Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-02-2016, 07:00 PM
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Sometime back a guy put a shallow ticket both at the end of a hallway. It opened to reveal the theater. Somewhere else in the house a bookcase opened to his office.

Rockler.com has hinges for pivoting bookcase doors. Good for 500 lbs. they mount on the top and bottom in a bit from the edges.

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One of the cooler ones I have seen.... its not a bookcase but still cool
https://www.avsforum.com/forum/92-com...r-theater.html
https://www.avsforum.com/forum/19-ded...-screw-up.html

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A recent room I came across by Theater Solution. The ticket window is the entry.


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My wife an I are currently building a new house, and wanted this as a feature. We went with the InvisiDoor system. It will swing out from one of the walls in our foyer to reveal the hidden home theater room.

One thing to keep in mind is that it may give you problems with sound isolation. We'll look at it once the builder installs it, but it wasn't a major concern for us, and we were willing to sacrifice some potential sound quality for the aesthetic benefit. Plus, it sure looks pretty cool.

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I did a hidden bookcase door to the back of my rack. Details are in the Show me your rack thread.
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Thanks Guys,

I've found both the Invisidoor and Murphy door sites, and some YouTube videos. I'm kind of surprised that there are not more examples on this forum, since its a really neat idea for an HT entrance, IMO.

I've ordered the pivot hinge from Murphy door and am in the planning stage of my entrance. I should receive the hinge today, and that will allow me to finalize my plans and begin cutting. There is actually a good bit of planning and design required, especially to figure out exact pivot points, etc. I'm replacing an existing set of double doors in a 2x6 wall that need to be 'finished' on both sides. Outside 'false' bookcase, inside working door. SketchUp has been a valuable tool.

Hinges, latches, etc. are an issue. I'd like a 'tilt-a-book' latch outside and a doorknob inside. I think I know how to do this, but we'll see.

I think I'll put up a build thread so others can see what and how I did, and learn from my (inevitable) mistakes.

Wish me luck!
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Thanks Guys,

I've found both the Invisidoor and Murphy door sites, and some YouTube videos. I'm kind of surprised that there are not more examples on this forum, since its a really neat idea for an HT entrance, IMO.

I've ordered the pivot hinge from Murphy door and am in the planning stage of my entrance. I should receive the hinge today, and that will allow me to finalize my plans and begin cutting. There is actually a good bit of planning and design required, especially to figure out exact pivot points, etc. I'm replacing an existing set of double doors in a 2x6 wall that need to be 'finished' on both sides. Outside 'false' bookcase, inside working door. SketchUp has been a valuable tool.

Hinges, latches, etc. are an issue. I'd like a 'tilt-a-book' latch outside and a doorknob inside. I think I know how to do this, but we'll see.

I think I'll put up a build thread so others can see what and how I did, and learn from my (inevitable) mistakes.

Wish me luck!
Did you ever make this? I'm looking at doing the same thing.
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Did you ever make this? I'm looking at doing the same thing.
I did indeed. PM me for a video that shows the final product.

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I did indeed. PM me for a video that shows the final product.


Can you post link?

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