Design ideas with a surprise element are a major trend. Home decor fans are forever dropping heart-eye emojis and detail inquiries about secret doors, rooms, and stairwell pop-outs.
Often, we’re merely living vicariously through our favorite home decor influencers, assuming the ideas are unattainable and requiring a lot more money. Interior designer, Rachel Martino, just made her supporters’ day in a slightly different way — revealing a low-cost way to achieve a secret door in the home.
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Check out how Rachel Martino added her secret door below.
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See! Not every interior design update costs an arm, leg, and a firstborn! All you need to do to achieve your secret mirror door is a door that fits the space and your taste, add a full-length mirror to the front, and then add it to the wall using heavy-duty steel extension drawer slides.
Here are the exact ones Martino used in her beautiful home.
Heads up: Unlike the $36.99 price displayed in Rachel’s reel, these are now priced a little higher currently at $40.
They have a 250-load capacity and are designed for easy installation and rust resistance. Just add them to the top and bottom of your doorway with the accompanying drawer slides added to the same spot on the door you choose.
Sliding the door on is as easy as getting a drawer to slide in a dresser, provided that you have help to keep the door aligned while you guide it into the slides. Once it’s up and hanging, as long as you installed it correctly, then you’ve achieved a secret door that will stay!
If you’re worried about the cost of a full-length mirror (because they ARE expensive), then I recommend this mirror listing from Amazon. I bought the one below and do not regret it. It arrived packaged super well, resulting in a damage-free delivery, and has lasted for years.
The mirror is designed to lean against the wall but also for mounting. It comes in a large variety of heights, widths, shapes, and trim finishes so you should be able to choose one that fits the size and shape of the door you select while complementing your surrounding decor.
If you’re hoping to buy at a price below $85, then I suggest you head to Facebook Marketplace OR stake out your local TJ Maxx, or Marshall’s to see when one pops up at a price you adore.
The money you’ll save DIYing this door with a mirror in the front to achieve the “secret” detail is going to be so great compared to what you’d spend getting a contractor to do it.
If you try this secret door hack, don’t keep it a secret. Reach out and send pics. Happy DIY’ing!
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