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Make a Hidden Storage Closet

Project Overview

Make a Hidden Storage Closet

Add a hidden storage closet by cutting a slanted door into a stairwell. Camouflage it by painting broad stripes across the entire wall. Trick the eye further by adding a strip of matching baseboard to the bottom of the door.

10 Steps

  1. Locate studs
  2. Measure and cut drywall
  3. Cut and remove studs
  4. Make and install jamb
  5. Measure for door
  1. Fill, sand, prime and paint
  2. Install hinges
  3. Attach door
  4. Fix baseboard
  5. Finishing touches
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Step 1

Locate studs

Using a stud finder, locate studs in area where you wish to place the door. It will save you time and trouble if you can put your door between the studs.

Measure and cut drywall

Step 2

Measure and cut drywall

Draw level lines vertically on the studs you wish to cut (MDF is heavy so you may want to keep the door under two feet wide), then measure down from the stairs 12". Draw a line parallel to the stairs connecting the two lines. Cut along lines with a drywall saw and remove drywall.

Cut and remove studs

Step 3

Cut and remove studs

Remove any studs in the opening, and the bottom plate, using a reciprocating saw.

Make and install jamb

Step 4

Make and install jamb

Measure the sides and angled top of the opening and cut 1 x 6 pine to make the jamb. Install the jamb flush with the drywall using 1 1/2" wood screws.

Step 5

Measure for door

To make the door, measure the inside of the opening and cut a piece of 3/4" MDF to fit, leaving 1/8" on the sides and the top, and 1/2" on the bottom.

Step 6

Fill, sand, prime and paint

Fill the crack between the 1 x 6 and the drywall with joint compound and sand until it becomes invisible. Sand, prime and base coat wall, opening and door.

Install hinges

Step 7

Install hinges

Using a 1-3/8" Forstner bit, drill three equally spaced holes on the back face of the long side of the door. Install flush mount hinges.

Attach door

Step 8

Attach door

Hold the door with the hinges in place on the jamb and screw to the jamb using 1 1/2" #6 wood screws. Then install magnetic stops from door to jamb.

Step 9

Fix baseboard

Reinstall baseboard on wall and install a piece on the door. You may need to rip a little off the bottom of the baseboard on the door to allow it to swing freely.

Step 10

Finishing touches

Caulk, prime and paint the door and wall as desired.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 2 days

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  • 3/4" Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF)
  • 1" x 6" d4s #1 Pine
  • #6 1 1/2" and 5/8" Wood Screws
  • #8 1 1/2" Wood Screws
  • 2" x 4" Spruce Stud (if needed)
  • Latex caulking
  • Paint
  • 220 Grit Sandpaper

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