Unveil the hidden potential of concealing unused doorways in innovative ways to flourish and maximize aesthetics and functionality.
Artful concealment of neglected doorways can transform them into an integral component of the room design. Covering an unused doorway can be tricky; in this blog, we will walk you through a range of strategies to hide the underused doorways effectively.
Whether you aim to hide a doorway in your living room or a bedroom, these exciting ideas promise not only to hide those dormant doorways but also to improve the overall functionality and ambiance of the room.
Rediscover your surroundings with a touch of creativity.
Hiding Unused Living Room Door
1. Book Shelf
Repurposed or transformed and used to weigh into a functional bookshelf not only maximizes storage but also improves the room’s aesthetics. You can either build a bookshelf by yourself or you can order a bookshelf online. If you choose to build a bookshelf, follow the steps.
- Measure the dimensions of the doorway to determine the size of the bookshelf.
- Choose a design that complements your style, like modern rustic or minimalistic.
- Build the frame with sturdy vertical supports on either side to ensure they are tightly secured to the wall and floor.
- Install horizontal shelves between the vertical supports at various heights to accommodate the books.
- To make the structure more interesting, you can add adjustable shelves or small shelves for decorative items and personal mementos.
- Paint the bookshelf to match the room’s color scheme or a contrasting color to make the shelf visually appealing.
Your bookshelf is now ready to arrange books and decorative items. The bookshelf not only acts as a valuable storage but also integrates into the room, offering both functionality and creativity.
2. Oversized Mirror
By strategically placing an oversized measure in front of an unused doorway, you can hide the doorway and create an illusion of spaciousness. The oversized mirror is a focal point by adding sophistication and elegance to the living room.
- Measure the dimensions of the door to determine the size of the mirror.
- Choose a metal that complements the dimensions, either a floor-to-ceiling mirror or a mirror that spans the width of the doorway.
- To enhance the integration of the mirror or decorative elements around the edges.
- To draw attention towards the mirror, enhance the role of the mirror as a statement element rather than a doorway cover.
The reflective properties of the mirror not only create a visual depth but also enhance the features of the room by reflecting light.
3. Large Potted Plants
Large potted plants are creative and nature-inspired solutions to hide an unused doorway. Strategically placing oversized potted plants with lush green foliage will divert the attention from the doorway while introducing a touch of nature and functionality to the space.
- Measure the door’s dimensions and determine the size of the pots and the number of plants needed.
- Choose large plants that thrive indoors, like Ficus Roy, Fiddle Leaf Fig, Rubber Tree, or Monstera.
- Opt for decorative pots that complement the décor of the room. To add an extra design layer, choose ports made of materials like ceramic, marble, stone, or concrete.
- Please use the potted plants near the doorway to soften the lush green color, choose medium-sized plants, and use wooden support.
The potted plants add a touch of depth and versatility. If you ever want to access the closed door, we can move them to a different location.
Concealing the unused doorway with a chalkboard panel is a very creative and practical solution. Due to the interactive nature of the chalkboard, it adds a unique and functional touch to the space. This unique element allows you to write messages, jot down appointments, add reminders, and help your kids unleash their artistic abilities.
- Measure the dimensions of the unused door to acquire a chalkboard panel.
- You can purchase a chalkboard panel online or use chalkboard paint to create a smooth and writable surface.
- I start by removing accessories like the door knob or door handle etc., cleaning the surface, and sanding it lightly to make sure the chalkboard paint adheres well.
- Apply multiple quotes of chalkboard paint as suggested by the manufacturer, and allow each coat to dry thoroughly before adding the next.
- You can further integrate the chalkboard door by framing the edges or adding decorative elements.
Overall, using a chalkboard to conceal an unused door adds a more interactive and personal touch to the space.
5. Green Wall
Cover your unused doorway with a captivating green wall adorned with plants. By creating a green wall, you are not just hiding the doorway but also creating a visually stunning zone with the infusion of duty to your space. Additionally, plants purify indoor air, which contributes to a healthier environment.
- Measure the dimensions of the door and install sturdy horizontal shelves.
- Select a mix of small indoor plants with varying sizes, shapes, and shades of foliage to add depth and visual interest to the space.
- Opt for low-maintenance plants like Peace lily, Spider plant, Jade plant, Pothos or Snake plant, etc., ensuring they thrive in lowlight conditions.
- To make the wall more interesting, you can add different patterns of shelves. Make sure the plants have enough space to grow naturally.
- Use hanging plants or climbers to utilize the space effectively.
- Incorporate decorative items like small sculptures or fairy lights to create a cozy and comfortable environment.
A lush green wall seamlessly integrates with the living space while turning it into a vibrant, eco-friendly focal point. Regularly water, trim, and prune the plants to maintain the desired look and prevent overgrowth.
6. Statement Furniture
Statement furniture is a functional and stylish element to cover an unused doorway. Furniture with intricate designs is a focal point in the living room by effectively concealing the doorway. Make sure the furniture seamlessly blends with the home décor. Keep a keen eye on the colors and materials that complement the existing color palette.
- To create a cohesive look, choose furniture that stands out from the rest of the furniture in the living room.
- Choose furniture pieces that do not already exist in the living room. Make certain that the furniture draws attention away from the unused door.
- Incorporate unique decorative items or textures on the furniture to add a touch of elegance and sophistication.
Explore furniture pieces that offer dual functionality, like a sofa with a built-in bed and an ottoman with storage.
Hiding Unused Bedroom Door
1. Room Divider
Room dividers are an excellent approach to conceal an unused doorway. The room dividers come in various materials, designs, colors, and sizes, which allows you to choose the best one that caters to your room’s aesthetics. These dividers create a visual barrier that blends seamlessly with the room décor. Choose dividers that complement the already existing color scheme and design to add an artistic touch; select dividers with intricate patterns, textures, or embellishments on the surface.
Choose a divider and position it in front of the unused doorway. You can opt for dividers with built-in storage, which can be used to display decorative items, books, or personal items. To create a cozy and comfortable feel, go for dividers made of sustainable materials like wood, bamboo, or jute.
2. Working/ Reading Desk with Shelves
Transforming an unused doorway into a working or reading desk with shelves is a practical solution. This setup serves a dual purpose by concealing the doorway and offering a practical workspace with storage. The desk not only enhances the functionality of the space but also improves the aesthetics of the underutilized area.
Install a working desk perpendicularly to fit the doorway’s dimensions. Attach a bookshelf above and around the desk; this covers the upper part of the door while providing storage space for your books, supplies, and other decorative items. Once the desk and the shelf are tightly secured to the walls, paint them with your favorite color.
By merging functionality and design, you have a dedicated workplace or a reading space. To maintain flexibility, choose a desk with wheels, which can be easily moved if you ever choose to access the door.
3. Accent Wall
Transforming an unused door into an accent wall will infuse sophistication, style, and purpose into the wall. The accent draws the attention away from the doorway while adding visual interest to the space. First, you can select a textured wallpaper that complements the room’s aesthetics to seamlessly integrate the accent extended wallpaper across the entire wall where the doorway is situated.
To further enhance the accent wall, add décor elements like artwork, light fixtures, and floating shelves to divert the attention from the doorway further. Choose the color palette of the wallpaper that harmonizes with the rest of the décor. You can make a gallery wall to display your favorite photos or hang a large mirror to break the wallpaper pattern.
This is a budget-friendly solution to transform the space and offer a creative touch to your bedroom. If needed, rearrange the furniture to redirect the focus from the concealed doorway.
Tapestry is an elegant and creative solution to cancel an unused doorway. Select a tapestry that complements the room’s aesthetics, and make sure the colors and patterns align with the room’s interior. Measure the dimensions of the doorway to determine the size of the tapestry. Secure the tapestry at the top of the door using discreet hooks or any hanging mechanism.
Tapestries bring a rustic and boho vibe to the space, which creates a delusion of deliberate design choice. To further improve the room’s aesthetics, you can use string lights or small LED lights.
This is a cost-effective and simple solution that not only masks the doorway but also contributes towards enhancing the personality of the space. Since it is a quick, flexible, and easy DIY activity, you can always upgrade or install a new tapestry.
5. Artwork/ Painting
Transforming an unused doorway using artwork is a great way to add personality and sophistication to the room. A serene landscape or an abstract burst of colors will seamlessly conceal the existing interiors of the space. A thoughtful piece of art acts as a focal point and diverts attention from the underutilized space.
Choose an artwork that is of the size of the doorway or slightly larger; this will help you coherently blend into the wall. Opt for an art piece with bold patterns and colors, and make sure it matches the theme and color palette of the room.
If you already have a lot of existing artwork in the room, choose one large, eye-catching piece to hide the doorway. This is a quick and easy project to renovate or upgrade the space.
Adding decorative elements to conceal an unused doorway is the most creative and effective design hack. These overlooked openings can be transformed into functional and thoughtful components that will seamlessly blend with the existing décor of the room. Whether you choose to opt for the elegance of statement furniture or the charm of a functional bookshelf, the possibilities are endless and as diverse as your imagination.
By blending thoughtful creativity with purpose, you are not just covering a doorway but also adding a touch of personality and style to your home. We have discovered numerous ways for you to transform and hide the doorway. Don’t be afraid to mix and match or rearrange your existing arrangements to revitalize your room’s aesthetics.
With a Master in Architectural Studies from University of Pennysylvania, Marwa Haydar has pioneered living spaces since 2005. Her expertise, initially honed in a prestigious architectural firm, is evident in her approach to creating environments. Marwa became part of our team in 2019 and has since been a driving force in our home improvement section, known for her practical yet stylish solutions. She’s been spearheading our design workshops since then, infusing her passion for teaching into her work. In her leisure time, Marwa enjoys exploring historic architecture and is an enthusiastic pottery hobbyist, further enriching her understanding of form and texture.