21 Secret Rooms, Doors and Drawers Ideas

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Who doesnt want a secret room in their house? I know I would absolutely love to have a hidden nook or whole room to hide away in just for fun. I know theres a whole industry behind secret safe rooms for those afraid of home intrusions etc. But the reality is that a scenario like that is extremely unlikely.

Instead, creating a fun place for kids to play or hide from parents is actually a really great idea. I can remember going on home tours with my parents and looking at different brand new mansions being showed off by home builders and the very best and biggest ones always had some sort of secret play room.

Heres the links to a couple of my favorite posts with good photos to browse…

LivingLocurto: Secret Rooms For Kids

Houzz: Secret Rooms, Drawers and Doors

TwistedSifter: Secret Passage Ways By Creative Engineering

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Building a secret room in your home is a great way to keep your kids entertained. Children and adults alike will really love the mystery of a secret room. Not to mention its a great place to store clutter and keep it out of sight. This guide will look at some of the best places to build a secret room in your home and show you how to keep it completely secret.

What is a Secret Room

Just in case you dont know a secret room is a room you cant normally see. They are commonly found in childrens bedrooms and can be hidden behind a bookcase or in the back of a wardrobe. Fortunately building these secret rooms is very easy and can be done by anyone. A secret room can have many purposes, whether it is as an extra occasional bedroom, a playroom or a study room.

Space Under the Stairs

The space under the stairs is rarely used for anything, it could be boxed up to make the hall look cleaner and tidier. This wastes a lot of space under the stairs though. This could be turned into a small secret room which is perfect for kids. The entrance could be covered by a bookcase or secret panel door which doesnt look obvious to the untrained eye.


If there are any rooms with large walk in closets then this closet could be re-purposed as a hidden room in your house. This is actually something very easy to do since there will already be a door and opening into the space. If you are converting a closet into a room then you simply need to remove the door and find a way of concealing the opening. This can be accomplished by either covering the hole with a wardrobe, or turning the door into a bookcase which is still hinged and can be opened to reveal the secret room.

Attic Rooms

If you have had your attic converted into bedrooms then theres a good chance there is some extra space youre not using. If this is the case then this can easily be reclaimed and turned into a secret room which connects onto a bedroom.

Concealing the Entrance

The only way a hidden room will stay secret is if you conceal the entrance into the room. This can be done in a few different ways, although the easiest is to put a wardrobe against the wall and cut out a passage through to the secret room. This also means you dont need to do anything complicated or get a bookcase specially made. The cut out doesnt even need to be full door sized, children love crawling whatever their age, so would crawl through a tiny passage to their secret room.

Decorating Secret Rooms

Secret rooms can be decorated in a number of different styles depending on who is going to use the room. Its normally easy to add lighting since it can be connected off the main rooms light, and electrical outlets can be connected as a spur off other sockets in the main room.

When done properly secret rooms create additional and practical space in your home. Your kids will also love the fact that the rooms are secret and they can disappear.

Additional Resources: Looking for more secret hideouts?
Dont miss this article by FLAVORWIRE or these amazing rooms and passages at BuzzFeed.