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How to Make a Trapdoor in Minecraft

Trapdoors are useful blocks in Minecraft. If you want a door that you can open and close for a ladder you can use a trapdoor in place of a regular door. They come in many different variants for each of the different types of wood you can collect in Minecraft. They are relatively cheap, but despite requiring the same amount of wood as doors, you end up getting less trapdoors for each recipe. This guide will outline the required materials to make trapdoors, how to make them, and how to use them. 


Required Materials to Make Trapdoor in Minecraft


  1. 6 Wood (Any)
  2. Crafting Table


To make a trapdoor you just need to make a sideways door. Arrange 6 wood in a 2x3 arrangement in your crafting table and this recipe will yield 2 trapdoors. While you can use any wood for the trapdoor, you will need to use the same type of wood for the corresponding trapdoor you are trying to make. Dark oak makes dark oak trapdoors, jungle wood makes jungle trapdoors and so on. 


How to Make a Trapdoor in Minecraft


To make a trapdoor, first consider what wood you would like your trapdoor to be made of. While they are functionally identical, each trapdoor has different appearances that can help tie a room together. Pictured below are all the trapdoors available in Minecraft. 


To make a trapdoor, first consider what wood you would like your trapdoor to be made of. While they are functionally identical, each trapdoor has different appearances that can help tie a room together.


Going from top left to right, we have oak, spruce, birch, jungle, acacia, dark oak, iron, crimson, and warped wood. To make any of these trapdoors you will need 6 wooden planks of the appropriate wood. 


Head to your crafting table and arrange your wood in a 2x3 arrangement. 


Head to your crafting table and arrange your wood in a 2x3 arrangement.


Every 6 wood will yield 2 trapdoors of the respective type. The recipe is identical for each of the different types, of course, replacing the type of wood. That’s all you need to make trapdoors in Minecraft.


How to Use Trapdoor in Minecraft


Trapdoors are commonly used as a way to prevent players from accidentally falling down through a hole built for ladders. If you have a ladder somewhere in your house and you want to prevent players from falling you can use a trapdoor as a way to catch people from falling. 


Trapdoors are commonly used as a way to prevent players from accidentally falling down through a hole built for ladders.


If you want to change the position of the trapdoor, pay close attention to where your cursor is aligned when you place the trapdoor. You can still hop out of the hole from your ladder even if there is a block of ladders missing. Doing this can make the trapdoor flush with the floor. 


If you want to change the position of the trapdoor, pay close attention to where your cursor is aligned when you place the trapdoor.


Even though it seems like you cannot stand on top of the ladder, your player character is large enough that it will be able to fit on top of where the ladder ends. Making your trapdoor flush with the floor is also a good way to hide it. You can place carpet on top of a trapdoor by holding sneak and right clicking on top of the trapdoor. 


You can place carpet on top of a trapdoor by holding sneak and right clicking on top of the trapdoor.


While this hides it efficiently, you cannot open the trapdoor without breaking the carpet. Alternatively you could leave it open and then place the carpet over it, but someone could accidentally stumble across the secret passage you have. 


In a Nutshell


Trapdoors are useful for creating a point of entry for upwards and downwards passages. The recipe for trapdoors is simple and you get 2 trapdoors for every 6 wooden planks you use. There are 9 total different trapdoors that you can craft so experiment around with the ones you like best. Trapdoors can also be used as accents or retractable windows. Use them however you see fit. 


Conclusion


Congratulations, you now know how to build a trapdoor for your tunnel upwards or downwards. While trapdoors are somewhat limited in their practicality, they are pretty blocks that have 9 different appearances to toy around with. You can use them for more than just doorways up and down, consider using them as window sills. Since they are easy and relatively cheap to make, experiment around with them as much as you want. 


FAQ


Q. How do you hide a Trapdoor in Minecraft?


A. Once your trapdoor is flush with the floor, you can place any color of carpet above it to hide it from any prying eyes. While you cannot interact with the trapdoor by right clicking, you could wire redstone to it to open and close it when you want it to. Otherwise you will need to break the carpet and replace it each time you need to go up or down. 


Q. How do you make an aesthetic looking barrel in Minecraft?


A. While barrels are actual blocks in Minecraft, you can use trapdoors to make a barrel that looks much like a barrel full of water. Use spruce trapdoors for the best appearance. Place a trapdoor on the floor, arrange four trapdoors around it, and hold shift to place water where the base trapdoor is. Don’t worry if you accidentally open one of its sides, the water will not pour out. 


While barrels are actual blocks in Minecraft, you can use trapdoors to make a barrel that looks much like a barrel full of water.


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