Places: Secret Rooms Behind Bookcases

Article Posted By: Jae Warren

of The Home Depot

Image of a bookcase entry to a secret study

Image via ODEE

There are any number of home improvement projects that you could tackle that will bring added value to your home, like remodeling the kitchen, updating a bath or even installing new carpet. We’d like to suggest a something a little more quirky: Build a secret room.

We’ve found a few real world examples of secret rooms or well-concealed work spaces to inspire you. Maybe they will take you back to childhood preoccupations with mysterious passageways and secret hiding places. And perhaps the next time you’re remodeling your home, you’ll add a similar feature to give your house a little extra character.

Image of a secret room bookcase entryway

Image via Craftster

Rule No. 1  – secret rooms behind bookcases must have an ingenious method of entry. A fun-loving couple we found out about on Craftster decided to go with a false wooden book with careful detail work done with a Dremel to appear as any other tome on the bookshelf trick. Secretly attached by cable to a latch on the back of the bookcase, the book tilts forward to open a door to their master bedroom. The book’s title: The Hidden Door, appropriately enough.

Image of a small home office inside folding bookcases

Image via Martha Stewart

We’ve seen home offices in closets, underneath staircases and in backyard sheds, but leave it to Martha to devise a crafty, cleverly concealed home office space from a set of bookcases.

Image of bookcase on hanging door rails

Image via Apartment Therapy

Barn doors are cool, and you’ve undoubtedly seen lots of images of them in homes over the past few years. But bookcase barn doors that open to reveal a hidden room is a fresh take. With a little moulding to conceal the door rails atop the bookcases, no one would ever suspect these homeowners had anything to hide.

Image of a laundry Room hidden behind sliding bookcases

Image via Houzz

Even if your wash room is not always as bright and tidy as this impeccable little laundry room designed by Lindy Donnelly, the studied charm of sliding bookcase doors will prevent any unintended airing of your dirty laundry.

See more inspiration and ideas in our Places series here on the Apron blog.