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How to Build a Hidden Bookcase Door



This article will help you take into account the critical points of everyone's favorite fantasy carpentry project before attempting to make it a reality. If you are considering building a door for a bookshelf or converting an existing bookshelf, study the challenge before diving in. That way you fully understand the physical requirements before you start sawing your wall open.

The biggest challenge is establishing a stable mechanical swing system – sufficiently robust to withstand years of use without showing the usual signs of fatigue and wear, while maintaining smooth and easy operation even when loaded with books.

The following step-by-step process will provide examples of calculations and measurements to give you a sense of what this takes. It only refers to a revolving door (opening to the person when facing the shelves), which is the most used version, and it is also right-handed, with the pivot on the right side of the door, but would work just as well with the hinges on the left.

 Fig 1- Bookcase Hidden Door