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.
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.
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.
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.