Minecraft has various types of items at the players' disposal to serve different purposes. The trapdoor is quite a unique and useful block in Minecraft. It acts as a 1x1 hinged door that is mostly used as the entrance for a secret underground base or to open and close for a ladder.

In this article, we will show you the required materials to make a trapdoor in Minecraft, how to craft, and how to use them.

Required Materials to make Trapdoor in Minecraft

  • 6 Wood Planks (Any) or 4 Iron Ingots
  • Crafting Table

The required material to craft a trapdoor in Minecraft is quite simple. While they are smaller than a normal door, you actually need the same amount of wood planks to craft them. You can use any type of wood to craft a trapdoor. However, you need to use the same type of wood for the corresponding trapdoor you are trying to make. For example, to make dark oak trapdoors, you need to use dark oak woods.

How to Make a Trapdoor in Minecraft

Here, we will provide you with the trapdoor Minecraft recipe for every common type of trapdoor in Minecraft including wooden trapdoor, iron trapdoor, and sticky piston trapdoor.

Trapdoors In Minecraft
There is a total of 9 variants of trapdoors in Minecraft.

How to make a wooden trapdoor in Minecraft

To make a wooden trapdoor in Minecraft, you need 6 wood planks of any type. Open your crafting table and put 6 wood planks in a 2x3 formation. You can make 2 trapdoors for every 6 wood planks.

Wooden Trap Door Minecraft
You can easily make 2 wooden trapdoors from 6 wood planks in Minecraft.

There is a total of 8 variants of wooden trapdoors in Minecraft including:

  • Oak Trapdoor
  • Spruce Trapdoor
  • Birch Trapdoor
  • Jungle Trapdoor
  • Dark Oak Trapdoor
  • Iron Trapdoor
  • Crimson Trapdoor
  • Warped Trapdoor

The recipe for these trapdoors is the same, just with the appropriate wood. The only difference is the texture on the trapdoor so try them out to see which one you like the most.

How to make an iron trapdoor in Minecraft

To make an iron trapdoor in Minecraft, you only need 4 Iron Ingots. Open your crafting table and place the 4 Iron Ingots in a 2x2 formation. You can get 1 iron trapdoor for every 4 Iron Ingots.

Iron Trapdoor
You can make 1 Iron Trapdoor from 4 Iron Ingots in Minecraft.

How to make a trapdoor in Minecraft with sticky pistons

Redstones and sticky pistons are in Minecraft open up a lot of possibilities for players to create their own mechanisms, including an automated trapdoor. The idea is very simple. You use Redstone to activate the sticky pistons to pull back the top layer blocks, revealing the space below them.

To cover up the trapdoor, you can place whatever above the piston to cover it so other players cannot see them. You can check out the video by YouTuber Farzy below to get learn how to make a trapdoor in Minecraft with Redstone.

How to Use Trapdoor in Minecraft

Trapdoors act as a solid block that mobs and players cannot go through. Players can open the trapdoor manually or use Redstone and a trigger such as a pressure plate to open it automatically. Note that an Iron Trapdoor can only be opened with Redstone and cannot be opened by hand.

When you place a trapdoor, you need to point it to the block that you want it to attach to. It can attach to either the top or the bottom of a block. After you placed the trap door, you can remove the attached block without breaking the trapdoor.

How To Use Trapdoor In Minecraft
Point the trapdoor toward the block you want it to attach to.

Trapdoors are mostly used as the entrance for a secret base because of their small size. For houses with a ladder, a trapdoor prevents players from falling through a ladder hole. They make quite a good-looking window for your house with 9 different variants.

Trap Door Minecraft
Trapdoors can be used as the entry point for upward/ downward passages.

It can also be used as a trap to catch other players and mobs. For example, let them fall into a lava pool when they step on the trigger pressure plate. Trapdoors are also used in certain automatic farm designs such as an AFK fish farm because of their ability to alter the water current.


Their recipes are simple and their materials are easy to obtain. You can get 2 wooden trapdoors for every 6 wood planks and 1 iron trapdoor for every 4 Iron Ingots. There is a total of 9 types of trapdoors in Minecraft.

Trapdoors are often used as the entrance to go downward/ upward. Its uses are somewhat limited but they are cheap to make and have many different appearances so feel free to experiment with them.

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