The Secrets Hidden Behind The Murphy Door

Murphy beds, as great and as space-efficient as they may be, are not nearly as exciting as Murphy doors. Yes, there is such a thing as a Murphy door. You’re probably already familiar with the concept: this is basically a door disguised as a bookshelf, a door that hides a secret room. It’s definitely an exciting way of transforming a simple door into something more interesting, even if the idea is to make it difficult (or impossible) to spot the opening. Let’s see how others have integrated Murphy doors into their homes.

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DeForest Architects gave this house a secret door disguised as a set of open shelves. It’s placed between a built-in seating nook and the staircase and if you push the shelves a lounge space is revealed. The placement is convenient because the door shelves hold books which is great since there’s a reading nook right beside them.

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In London there’s a loft apartment that’s been renovated by architect Alexander Martin. It too has a secret door. It’s hidden behind a small bookshelf that slides back to reveal a study area. The system is ingenious, showing us an interesting way to conceal a home office so the functions stay separate.

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Who would suspect that there’s anything behind a whole wall covered in bookshelves? Not a lot of people and that’s actually the point. The element of surprise makes this design by architect Consuelo Jorge so special. This is a space located in Brazil. It was designed for an art collector and it has not one Murphy door but three and they can all be opened simultaneously to reveal a secret room.

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It’s easier to disguise a door as a bookcase when it’s not the only one of its kind. When there’s an entire wall covered in bookshelves, if one section doubles as a door it can blend in more easily and it’s also less likely to suspect anything. This home in Phoenix, Arizona was designed by The Ranch Mine and its interior is pretty fun.

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Airbnb collaborated with The Bold Collective when creating their new office in Sydney, Australia. It’s a cozy and inviting office that looks and feels a lot like a home. It has comfortable lounge areas, meeting spaces with comfy benches and even a meeting room hidden behind a Murphy door.

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When one enters this apartment located in Slovakia, everything seems good and beautiful except for one thing: the bedroom is nowhere to be seen. It’s not because it’s missing or because it’s somehow integrated into a multipurpose space but because it’s hidden and the door is not visible. Take a closer look at the left side of the bookcase and everything is revealed. This apartment was designed by JRKVC

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It takes a little bit of detective work to realize that this home designed by i.house in Vietnam is larger than it seems. If you analyze the large bookcase wall you’ll notice that it has an unnecessarily large frame and that there’s a space underneath that shouldn’t normally be there. That can only mean one thing: that’s actually a secret door. It leads into a guest room that also functions as a home office.

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Concealing a room is easy when you’re working with a large space but what about a small home? Well, a lot of things are possible when you’re ingenious and creative. When Project.DWG ~ Architecture designed the KLM House in The Netherlands they decided to build up. The house sits on a 55 square meter lot but that doesn’t stop it from being full of surprises, including this secret nook by the stairs.

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Building your own home can be exhausting but also fun and exciting. Architect Jesse Bennett and interior designer Anne-Marie Campagnolo created the Planchonella House. It’s a house that they built for themselves and which includes lots of interesting features, including a secret space hidden behind a Murphy door.

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Britt Crepain and Stefan Spaens (now CSD Architecten) built their own house on a very small plot in Antwerp, Belgium. They chose to give it a simple interior, with clean forms, classic and chic furniture and mostly neutral color. At the same time, they had a bit of fun adding a secret space behind the bookshelves.

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Utz Design knows a thing or two about custom furniture and about the ways in which it can be optimized to suit various spatial configurations and requirements. They designed this cool bookshelf wall that has a secret door built right into it.

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In order to successfully integrate a secret room with a Murphy door into a home it would have to be built with this detail in mind from the start, although it can sometimes be possible to adapt an already existing layout. Nick Mehl Architecture did a great job here. The secret bookcase door reveals a narrow hallway that goes left under the staircase.

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Abode Architects used a Murphy door in one of their projects as well. They cleverly hid the kitchen of this home and separated it from the living room without making it look mainstream and boring.

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This is not the classic Murphy door since there are no bookshelves involved. The panel actually even looks a bit conspicuous, with that border that surrounds it and even the door-shaped form and structure. This is the interior of a space designed by Farinelli Construction.

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It’s easy to hide a secret door in a wall that features a geometric design. The door becomes a part of the pattern and, as Murphy Mears Architects show us here, the shelves are optional. This is the Zaguan House, a single-family residence that they designed in Houston, Texas.

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Having a secret room with a secret door in the basement can sound a bit creepy. Just Basements shows us that  a beautiful design can change everything. Don’t you just love how this irregularly-shaped door is perfectly concealed into the wall?

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A secret door can be a fun option when you want to conceal a guest bathroom or a powder room. Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects were the ones to design this residence. This tiny powder room fits under the staircase and the door is cleverly concealed as a simple wall, with no hardware to give it away.

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When you see a wall that looks like this it’s clear that it has something to hide. You just know that something’s going on, especially if you’ve played some video games in your lifetime. What you see here is a secret door disguised as a wall. It’s something that Mikhail Riches added to a London House while renovating it.

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A secret door disguised as a bookcase is pretty cool and hard to spot even when that’s the only bookcase in the whole house so imagine this design strategy used in a library. This house, previously a barn, was transformed by Studio Seilern Architects into the amazing and mysterious home you see here.