Everyone loves a little secret. Whether for the sake of added privacy or to be a pleasant surprise for your guests, secret rooms introduce depth and intrigue to your home, turning it into something akin to a puzzle that guests can try to unravel. From hidden doors in the walls to clandestine nooks and crannies where you stash your most valuable possessions, these rooms can be a safe and fun addition to your living spaces.
Secret rooms are an uncommon feature in home planning and a small percentage of houses across the country have them. But this does not mean that your options are limited. There is a wide range of DIY secret rooms out there for you to design and incorporate into your home.
What Is a Secret Room?
Before you consider building a secret room it helps to know what exactly qualifies as one. The answer may be quite obvious considering the name, but there is more than meets the eye with hidden rooms.
What makes a secret room unique and differentiates it from other areas in the house is its concealed or inconspicuous entryway. Most rooms in the house will have a door or a simple passageway that is straightforward to navigate. Hidden rooms should be much trickier to gain access to. They must not be easily visible or discoverable by guests and should require a trick or two to enter. A common hidden room entryway, for example, is a secret room door behind a sliding bookcase. Another clandestine entryway idea is a hatch on the floor that is concealed under a rug.
What Are Secret Rooms for?
A secret room should fulfill a specific task in your home. You can create a hidden library where you can flip through pages in private, a little sports shrine for your favorite pastimes, and even a cellar to spice up the dinner parties. Sure, you can also have a secret room just for the sake of having one or to show off to your guests. But why miss out on the practical benefits of having one?