Secret compartment wall shelf

If you have some free time this weekend, here are some ideas for making a quick and easy secret compartment wall shelf for all your small valuables.


Let's face it, everyone could do with a secret space for storing valuables if you don't have a safe. This secret wall shelf has a hidden compartment that is not visible unless you know where it is, and is great for storing valuables.

There are various options for making a secret wall shelf, from a basic slip-on cover, to fitting drawer runners to slide the front section in and out. You will find all the tools and supplies for this project at your local Builders Warehouse.

You can even make a secret shelf to fit into a corner, and it's perfect for storing accessories as well as valuables. 

Depending on your skill level, you can use a variety of materials to make a secret compartment wall shelf. from pine or reclaimed wood, to bamboo or veneered plywood.


To make your own basic secret compartment or hidden shelf all you need is some pine planks cut down to the size required for the framed shelf, plus a piece of hardboard or masonite that is secured as the base, and laminated pine shelving and planks for the box.

Assemble the frame for the shelves and then glue on the base, adding a few panel pins for a secure fitting. This section is mounted to the wall using wall plugs, preferably fischer nylon wall plugs, and screws.

The box is made to fit over the frame, allowing a few millimetres all around so that it doesn't get stuck and opens easily. Adding ball bearing drawer runners to the sides of the box and inside the frame allow easy opening.