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Concealed Office Instructions




  • Plans
  • 3 unfinished bookcases (36 by 96 by 15 inches)
  • 1 1/4-inch wood screws
  • Screw gun
  • 2 side frame panels (3/4-inch-thick plywood, 96 3/4 by 17 1/2 inches)
  • Top frame panel (3/4-inch-thick plywood, 108 by 17 1/2 inches)
  • Wood filler
  • Hollow-core door (96 by 36 inches cut to 93 3/4 inches to accommodate track hardware; cut with a circular saw or have it cut at a home-supply store)
  • Wallpaper (enough to cover the front and sides of hollow-core door)
  • Wallpapering supplies
  • Sliding-door hardware set (108 by 1 1/2 inches; two lengths may be put together to equal 108 inches)
  • Apron to hide track (3/4-inch-thick plywood, 108 by 2 inches)
  • Pullout desk panel (3/4-inch-thick plywood, 33 1/4 by 15 inches and side-mount drawer hardware, optional)
  • Edge tape (or banding to cover front edges, optional)
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Primer
  • Paint


  1. Step 1

    Join the 3 bookcases together using wood screws and a screw gun. Screws should be placed at the top, middle, and bottom of the interior portions of the bookcases where they meet. Before attaching, make sure all the bookcases are level and flush at the front.

  2. Step 2

    Attach side frame panels with wood screws. Once again, you should screw on the panels from the interior of the bookcase to leave a less damaged exterior. Make sure the panels are flush with the back of the bookcase to create a lip on the front sides and top.

  3. Step 3

    Attach top frame panel by screwing in the piece from the interior of the bookcase.

  4. Step 4

    Fill all holes with wood filler. Sand, prime, and paint the bookcases. If you will be adding a pullout desk panel, sand, prime, and paint it, too.

  5. Step 5

    Cover the hollow-core door with the wallpaper of your choice, following manufacturer's instructions.

  6. Step 6

    Using materials provided in sliding-door hardware set and following the manufacturer's instructions, attach the track under the top frame panel. Then attach hardware to the top of the door to fit into the track. Attach door to track, and slide door back and forth to test it.

  7. Step 7

    To conceal track, attach apron by screwing through top frame panel.

  8. Step 8

    If desired, create a pullout desk panel for extra workspace under the desk, where you can store a laptop. Simply attach side-mount drawer hardware to the interior of the central bookcase and the side edges of your pullout panel. Decide how much space you would like between the fixed shelf and the pullout panel (we left about 4 inches to fit a laptop), and measure down to get the proper height for the mounts. Attach your pullout desk to track, and slide it in and out to test it.

  9. Step 9

    If desired, attach edge tape or banding to front edges of bookcases to create a more finished look.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2007



Reviews (10)

  • ddawesome 5 Jan, 2011

    This is a concept. An idea. Use bookcases that fit your space. Also, click on "Get the plans" at the top of the instructions. There's a very clear drawing of all pieces and how they are assembled.

  • HawaiiGeiko 25 Feb, 2010

    I'm ok with the instructions, but my problem is not enough photos. This one needs another shot showing the center section opened. They tend to miss things like that.

  • starr49 21 Jul, 2008

    I agree totally, the pcitures are too small to make out what is what. We need more information on where to buy and what the items are.

  • karene 10 Apr, 2008

    Martha Stewart's crafts and projects are conceptual in nature, and not detailed how-to projects. I've been a Martha fan for a long time and find you often need to study the photographs and instructions and then fill in the blanks. There certainly are many wonderful ideas and I've used a lot of them, but had to combine them with my own knowledge and skill set. The online videos are helpful, and the TV show often has craft projects featured step-by-step.

  • grannybird 7 Apr, 2008

    Why do many of Martha's designs lack a few details like WHERE to buy shelves or WHAT COLOR it is painted? Little details in many projects (like HOW TO DO IT!) are often poorly illustrated or confusing. I can think of 1 or 2 reasons why regular ole" people can't match the illustrations of such a talented designer, but my Mama always told me to be nice. Could somebody else check out the directions? Make sure all the information is plainly in sight? Remember that not everyone knows how to do EVERY CRAFT a

  • sharonannashton 4 Apr, 2008

    Please advise as to where one can purchase the bookcases in the instructions
    for this project. It is perfect for my small den. I am in the Lakeland, Fla area
    33810 and have looked for them in the surrounding area. Went to IKEA in
    Orlando this week and still no luck. Please advise. Your lhelp whould be
    greatly appreciated.

  • philotheos58 5 Jan, 2008

    I would also love to know where to find bookcases with the dimensions listed in the article - I've looked but can't seem to find them anywhere. Thanks.

  • knightlong 30 Dec, 2007

    Would anyone know where to find the unfinished bookcases with these dimensions?
    Thanks for your help!!!

  • lise1914 23 Dec, 2007

    Just wanted to reply to "workingformy3sons" that, according to The Guide in MS Living's January issue, the white paint on the bookshelves is Featherdown, semigloss, by Benjamin Moore, and the doors are wallpapered in W5604/04 by Osborne

  • workingformy3sons 23 Dec, 2007

    What is the paint brand and color on the panel? it looks so warm, a golden yellow. Thanks