Why our doors?

Our doors are built differently.

We regularly get calls from homeowners asking if we can help make their existing secret door live up to their expectations. This is usually because their door builder didn’t have the experience or specialized hardware needed to make their secret door truly secret. In some cases we find that an easily discovered secret door is worse than no door at all.

We’ve been building secret doors for 15 years and have experienced engineering and fabrication staff to make our doors the best in the world. Below you’ll find a direct comparison of our doors to the doors of our competitors.

Invest in a hidden door that will last a lifetime. Call a specialist at 480-926-1742 to learn what considerations are important when choosing a secret door.

Functionality & Durability

Hidden Door Store

  • Completely smooth opening and closing.
  • No floor contact. No feet or wheels rubbing on floor.
  • Steel support system built into door to carry load. 

Others

  • May require user to lift door to get it off of catch to open.
  • Reliance on feet or wheels to keep door from sagging.
  • No sag control. Wear and tear on wood as door is loaded.
Low quality secret door rubbing on a ramp

Materials

Hidden Door Store

  • Premium materials with high stiffness and screw holding.
  • Solid machine-applied edge banding. 
  • CNC machined components for tight gaps.
High quality woodwork hiding gaps in a secret bookcase

Others

  • Low quality or thin material for cost and weight savings.
  • Unfinished appearance.
  • Imprecise fitment of parts.
DIY secret door kit showing bad fit and finish

Secrecy & Finished Appearance

Hidden Door Store

  • Tight gaps of 1/8″ or less.
  • 8 1/4″ bookshelf depth leads to a natural look.
  • Seams carefully hidden behind overlaps for concealment.
  • Minimal light penetration under and around door.
  • Difficult to detect door even on close inspection.
Small gaps on a secret bookcase door

Others

  • Major 1/2″+ gaps. 
  • Shallow shelves look abnormal and aren’t functional.
  • Obvious seams between panels.
  • Significant light penetration at seams.
  • Easy to identify as a door. Low secrecy.
Budget secret door showing large gaps
Cheap hidden door kit with bad gaps

Hardware

Hidden Door Store

  • Integrated lock and switches require zero installation. High tech access control options available.
  • No wiring or high voltage required. Can run on AA batteries or, optionally, AC wall power.
  • Door stays locked and secure during a power outage. Fail-secure configuration by design.

Others

  • Locking system offered as a DIY kit for an electrician. +$500-$700
  • Requires an electrician to run wires and install switches. +$500-$700
  • Door unlocks during a power outage. Fail-secure operation requires an additional battery backup.
DIY electric locking system for hidden door
Inexpensive secret door hardware kit

Installation

Hidden Door Store

  • Easy to install with no special tools or hardware required.
  • Pre-assembled and thoroughly tested prior to shipping.
  • 150lb (68kg) load capacity.

Others

  • May require special tools or equipment. +$200-300
  • Trims are loose and must be installed during installation.
  • Low load capacity without deflection.

Warranty

Hidden Door Store

  • We provide a 1 year warranty on parts and materials.
  • Supported directly by our engineers.

Others

  • Warranty typically void once door is installed.
  • Limited support through distributors.

Experience

Hidden Door Store

  • 15 years in business.
  • Team of mechnical engineers and master carpenters.
  • Never received a negative review / A+ BBB

Creative Home Engineering BBB Business Review

Others

  • All competitors relatively new; limited experience.
  • Lack engineering background and expertise.
  • Poor BBB ratings.
  • Some as low as a BBB rating D-

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