Access hatches are often seen as functional, utilitarian features when installed in homes and commercial buildings. They are used to provide easy access to plumbing, electrical wiring, and other mechanical systems for maintenance and repairs. 

But in recent years, access panels have started to make their way into modern interior design as a unique and innovative design element, without losing any of their practicality.

Creative Solutions for the Home & Workplace

One of the most popular uses for access panels in modern interior design is as a fully-concealed door. By incorporating an access panel into the design of a wall, a designer can create a hidden door that blends seamlessly into the surrounding design. This can be a great way to add a secret room or hidden storage space to a home without sacrificing aesthetic appeal.

Flipfix’s Plasterboard Door Beaded Frame and Tile Door Beaded Frame and products are the perfect solution for combining practicality with pleasing aesthetics. A beaded frame offers the ability to seamlessly apply plaster or tiles to fully hide the access panel from view. Enhance the access to your doors even more by using a Touch Catch Lock – simply press the panel door to open, eliminating the need for a key.

Access hatches can also be used to add functional storage space to a room. In a kitchen, for example, an access panel can be used to create a hidden pantry or spice rack. In a living room, an access panel can be used to create a hidden bookshelf, media storage area or for general cable & wiring concealment. These hidden storage solutions can be a great way to declutter a space and add extra storage without sacrificing the overall design of the room.

Flipfix have also noticed the trend of access panels being used as a decorative element in the home. Given that access hatches can come in a variety of shapes, sizes and finishes – it’s quite easy to find one that complements the overall design of a space. And when you can’t find a suitable hatch, you always have the option of building your own.
Some designers even use access panels as part of a larger wall mural or collage, using the panel as a frame for a piece of artwork or a small shelf for knick-knacks.

In addition to their aesthetic and functional uses, access hatches can also be used to improve the energy efficiency of a home. By providing easy access to plumbing and electrical systems, access doors make it simple to perform regular maintenance and identify and repair any potential issues. This can help to reduce energy waste and lower utility bills.

How FlipFix Can Help

Our Leicester City Community Partner FlipFix, they simplify the entire process of building and designing a custom access panel. By using their online bespoke access hatch creator, you can walk through every step of the design process – specifying the width, height, fire rating, acoustic rating, finish, lock type and so much more – in order to get an access panel that is not only functional, but also matches your rooms aesthetics.

They have over 20 years of access panel design and manufacturing experience at FlipFix, and they’ve seen first-hand how access hatches have evolved from the critically important key building components they are – to being used as quirky, elegant and creative solutions in our customer’s homes and workplaces.

Not sure if an access panel is the right solution for your project? Get in touch with the FlipFix team and speak to their experts and they’ll be able to guide you in the right direction.