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Thanks to movies and novels, the very mention of secret passages is enough to conjure up visions of mysterious castles, haunted houses and intrigue, but in fact, many ordinary homes once had — and some still have — small secret spaces built into them. These were often utilitarian places, such as wine cellars, broom closets, or tiny safe-like rooms for the silver family. In Europe of the 16th century, many wealthy homes had secret compartments known as “priest holes” for hiding politically persecuted Catholic clergy from the Protestant authorities. Whatever the time , place or reason, secret rooms were more common and less mysterious than Hollywood or popular fiction ever imagined.

 

Simple Secret Room Doors

If you have a dead-end space, such as a closet, utility room, butler’s pantry, or something similar, out of a larger room, you may have the ideal setup to create an inexpensive secret room. First, remove all the trim boards, if any, from the door to the space you want for your secret room. Keep the trim so that the process can be reversed, if desired, at a later date. That leaves a smooth wall, so whatever you put in front of the opening is going to sit tightly against it. Then, choose one of the following options:

 

1. Armoire Or Free-Standing Closet Ideas

Get an armor or a stand-alone closet — the larger and taller the better, as long as it is properly scaled to the room. Cut the door-size portion out of the back of the piece of furniture and screw the remaining back to the existing door-opening that leads to the secret room. The wardrobe will appear to be just what it is and can still be used as such; hanging clothes inside will hide the opening beyond. If the door to the secret room opens into that room, paint it to match the inside of the cupboard. This will help mask the opening when the door is closed.

 

For an even simpler version of the wardrobe-disguised door, add wheels to the wardrobe and fasten it to one side of the opening of the original door. Access the secret room by pulling out the unhinged side of the cupboard. The handle screwed to the center back of the cupboard gives a place to hold it from the other side so that it can be closed behind you. Due to the enclosure behind the cabinet, the handle will not prevent it from setting a flush against the wall when it is closed.

 

2. Bookshelf Options

The ordinary tall shelf — homemade or purchased — needs only to have a set of wheels attached to the bottom of the lowest shelf to make it mobile. Attach the board, crown molding or other trim of the appropriate length and height to both the bottom and the top of the shelf — to the front and to each side — to hide the wheels and whatever empty space remains above the unit. This will give the appearance of built-in bookshelves fixed in place, floor to ceiling. Put the shelf in front of the secret door and roll it aside when you want to get in.

 

Like a simple wardrobe-door, a bookshelf equipped with hidden wheels, hinged on one side and placed in front of a hidden closet or room, makes a quick and easy hidden door.

 

A more elaborate version of the bookshelf door, though still relatively simple for a skilled DIYer, involves creating a wall of real built-in bookshelves around the existing door, then hinging another section of the shelving into the door frame leading to a hidden space instead of the original door. You can purchase one of several hardware options specifically designed for this kind of arrangement.

 

2. Other Secret Door Possibilities

Install a Murphy bed with a wood-paneled wall on the underside, possibly with genuine book shelves on either side. Lower the wall of the panel to use the bed and the area behind it appears as a normal wall at the back of the recessed area where the bed is not in use. You could, however, design that innocent-looking panel to slide to one side, revealing another room behind it.

 

Hide a very short flush-mounted door behind a conventional closet or mirror. You may have to duck to get in, but a small opening causes less suspicion that the furniture hides a room outside.

 

Attach the drawer fronts to a narrow hidden door under the enclosed stairway. It’s going to look like a smart storage space under the stairs, but it’s going to hide a secret, if small, room.

 

Our Conclusion

In conclusion, creating a secret room is an exciting and rewarding endeavor that allows you to add a touch of mystery and intrigue to your home. Throughout this article, we have explored the steps involved in making a secret room, from planning and designing to implementing and concealing. By following these guidelines and unleashing your creativity, you can bring your vision to life and create a hidden oasis that reflects your unique style and purpose. Remember to consider factors such as available space, functionality, and security measures when designing your secret room. Whether you dream of a hidden library, a secret playroom, or a concealed storage area, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. So, roll up your sleeves, gather the necessary tools and materials, and let the transformation begin. Embrace the thrill of discovery as you embark on the journey of making a secret room that will truly make your home a place of wonder and enchantment.

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