How To: Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

How to Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

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If you're anything like the typical Minecrafter, then you've got a few secrets to hide. Maybe it's valuable commodities like diamonds, ore, or cake. Maybe it's your secret potions lair. Whatever the case may be, where's a better place to hide your goodies than an underground hideout accessible from a super secret passageway?

Use the guide below to learn how to create your own secret stairway!

Step 1 Create Your Piston Trapdoor

First, build your stairway. Cut a 4x2 hole on one side of your stairway, as seen below.

How to Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

Next, place four pistons two blocks from your stairs. I've changed the color of the blocks that will be moved, but you can make them anything you want. Be sure to make your staircase start one block below ground level.

How to Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

Place four redstone repeaters behind your pistons. Set each delay from lowest to highest, nearest to farthest, as seen from the following angle. Place redstone behind them running in sequence. 

How to Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

Dig a hole three blocks wide and one block deep and place a repeater inside. This repeater MUST be at its highest delay setting. You can tell because the torches are farthest apart. Place a level on top to receive power from the repeater. 

How to Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

Now when you hit the lever, the trap door will open and close.

How to Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

Step 2 Create a Disappearing Top Stair

The hidden staircase might be complete with just a trap door, but that's boring. Your secret stair case needs more. Dig several blocks below your lever and place a line of redstone wire underneath it running to a repeater. This repeater needs to be open all the way.

How to Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

Run restone wire from this repeater to a block. On the opposite side of the block, place a redstone torch.

How to Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

Here you need to find your second to first stairs. These will be the second stair descending and the second to last ascending.

Remove your top stair for now and remove the blocks below where it would go. Now remove two to the right of your top stair, as seen below. The place where the top stair would go in my staircase is indicated here by a light blue wool block.

At this point the lever above must NOT be activated in order for this to work properly.

How to Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

In the block farthest to the right, place a sticky piston facing the stairs. Next to it, place a sticky piston facing up. Place a redstone repeater so that current will flow into the sideways piston. Set the repeater to its most open position.

How to Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

Run redstone wire from the torch you previously placed on the block to the right, to the first piston's repeater. The piston will activate, pushing the piston next to it up against the staircase as seen below. Run redstone wire to the second up-facing piston from the same redstone torch. 

How to Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

Add a redstone repeater to complete the connection to the left piston. It will activate the turn-on.

How to Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

Finish it up by placing a final stair block on top of the raised piston to complete your staircase.

How to Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

Step 3 Checking Timing

Before you press your lever and active your secret stair case, it is critical that you check the timing of all of your repeaters.

Each number below corresponds to the timing of the repeaters, 1 being the fastest timing wherein the two torches on the repeater are nearest to each other, and 4 being the slowest timing wherein the two torches on the repeater are farthest apart.

How to Create Secret Staircases with Lever Actuated Trapdoors in Minecraft

Now you're done! Make sure your timing is correct and when you're certain, click the lever to watch it in action. Do a little covering of the mechanism and voilà!

Cover the mechanism up and the final result is pretty cool. I've hidden everything below and changed all the wool to orange in order to get the full effect.

(1) Here is the machine inactivated. No one is the wiser, (2) Here is the machine activated as your secret stairs open up!

You now have a secret stair case with which to hide your secret lair or your precious items.

As always, if you have questions or comments, you may leave them below, you may PM them to me, or leave something in the forums!

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5 Comments

it didn't work when i had the first piston up top at one, need to reverse the numbers from 1234 to 4321, otherwise the pistons up top went first shoving the stairs aside.

hmm yes this could be so, but did you activate the top piston with a torch before turning on the machine?

I got lost in step two, is there a simpler way?

How do I open it from downstairs?

It wasn't working for me for a while (the top stair block always being pushed out when I closed it and needed to be replaced each time)....BUT I was messing around a bit and found a solution: The repeater marked "4" for one of the pistons that raises the top stair block should actually be a "2" --speeding up the timing just a little bit for that piston seemed to do the trick.

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