TIP: A Way to Gain Space (in your home) you didn't know you had

Updated: Sep 28

In the age of tiny homes and custom built closets, the search for space saving ideas is a forethought of every interior decorator and remodeler. We may, however, been overlooking a valuable space saving opportunity that has been right under our noses the whole time.

Hello, my name is Chris, I am the owner of Hide-A-Way Doors and I have been building things since I was a little kid helping my grandfather in his garage woodshop.

After I graduated back in 1988, I worked full time for a developer building homes in my area. Back then the average cost for a gallon of gas was around .80 cents. A movie ticket then was only about $3.50, and the value of an average size home was roughly $60,000 less than what it is today. Homes back then were typically larger on average then ones we are building today.

Nearing the end of 2015, a client contacted me and asked if my construction company would be interested in building a hidden door for his safe room. Intrigued, I remember thinking what a neat idea this was and couldn't think of any reason why I wouldn't want to be onboard. My client, who shall remain nameless, tasked me with not only the build but also the design work on the door with very specific design requests, "I do not want any obvious signs that it is a door and I want to be able to lock the unit."

After building the first door, it felt like so much fun that I decided to build a second to display at a local home show later that month. Despite being previously listed under my construction company's name and not advertised as having a hidden door on display, I arrived early on the second day of the event to a line full of people wanting to talk to me about my hidden door.

Our hidden bookcase door display gained so much attention that the local news-paper wrote an article about it, which in return, drove even more people away from their comfortable weekend abodes to witness what I had created firsthand.