Murphy doors

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Murphy doors

Post by Cybrludite » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:15 am

I'm about to be buying a house and, being the sort of person who hangs out around here, I'm looking at setting up some concealed storage space. Has anyone used these folks? I've seen ads for them popping up on Facebook. They make pre-made, ready to hang secret doors. I'm thinking the closet of the bedroom that I set up as a study and maybe the pantry.
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Re: Murphy doors

Post by raptor » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:29 am

No never heard of them but I know a local carpenter in your AO who can do what you want done.

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Re: Murphy doors

Post by analysis autonomy » Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:17 pm

I wouldn't use them for this application. From what I've seen they are more focused on the fun storage aspect, not so much secrecy or forced entry.

There's a company that builds them for a security application called Hidden Door Store

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Re: Murphy doors

Post by UncleLumpy » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:19 am

The problem with a local carpenter making one, is they have to design the hinge assembly.
You can buy the hinges (look around, do your own friggin work), then contract a carpenter.
I've made two doors, way back when before these were offered on the internet...early 1980s, so know a bit about what I'm talking about.

OR pay the bucks. I'd worry about workmanship.
Next concern is marking the floor or woodwork with dirt, wear marks etc.
That's a dead giveaway.
Next problem is windows, other things that scream LOOK HERE.

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Re: Murphy doors

Post by BullOnParade » Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:00 am

A few years ago, I went to the home of a gentleman from my gun club to borrow something. Upon arrival, he lead me to the basement, into the unfinished laundry room. Shifts a box a few inches to the right, reaches up above the exposed drywall panel and slides a bar lock out of the joist, the whole 4x8 drywall panel swings out to reveal a 6' x 12' space with gun safes and reloading bench. I think about it whenever someone mentions hidden spaces.

A key component is the unfinished, boring room to start with. People store fancy stuff in fancy offices or gentlemanly study. No one will look twice in an unfinished laundry room.

As others said, marking the floor or door jamb are dead giveaways. Also dirt and finger prints. Drafts that collect dust showing airflow, lots of things to be cognisant of, especially in a new space.

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