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On Hidden Doors and Secret Passages

May 22, 2013

When you hear about hidden doors and secret passages, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? You probably think about castles with bookcases or walls that fall apart to reveal an entryway into a secret passage. The secret passage, in turn, leads to several other narrow passages that lead to different floors of the castle. Apparently, most of treasures and riches of a castle’s occupants are stashed in these secret passages, away from prying eyes and malicious minds. In most cases, these secret passages can also lead to escape routes where the king or someone from royalty can safely flee when enemies besiege the castle.

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secret room – image via http://www.electronichouse.com/

These days, though, people practically beg architects and interior designers to incorporate hidden doors and secret passages into their homes’ design. They ask for these not because they plan to stash their millions there but because these secret passages can serve a practical purpose in their homes.

One of the main reasons why a homeowner would want to install hidden doors and secret passages in his house is to maximize space. Sometimes, even if a house plan was drawn perfectly with all bases covered, an empty space manages to turn up eventually. Rather than dump furniture here or let the space collect dust, a savvy interior designer can design a bookcase to cover that area. If the space is large enough, it may be converted into a storeroom, with the bookcase doubling as a hidden door. You don’t only get to have a bookcase but you also get extra space in which to store some of your unused stuff.

In your library, an entire wall of bookcases can double as sliding, hidden doors that lead to your game room, TV room, bathroom, or even a small bedroom where you can rest on days when you need to work long hours.

In the bedroom, you can ask your architect or designer to install a fireplace. Depending on your preference, the fireplace can be functional or non-functional. If you decide to make it a decorative fireplace only, meaning non-functional, you can have your architect fashion a secret door on the inner wall that opens up to your safe. That’s a brilliant way of keeping your valuables like jewelry and other important documents safe.

If you’re creative enough, you could ask your architect to create a secret passage from your bedroom to the kitchen. That’s like having your very own “access road” for nights when you want to fix yourself a midnight snack. Secret passages and corridors are also useful in connecting several rooms of your house like the library, den, or even your backyard.

All it takes is creativity, imagination, and a good architect or interior designer to create hidden doors and secret passages in your home.

bookcase door! <3
  1. Wow! I would love to have that blue bookcase door for my dream house! I love the color, and who would guess that there’s a passage behind that! Amazing 🙂

  2. I love the blue bookcase doorway so much. It looks so neat and I would love to have one of them in my home. When we was little we lived in a house that had a couple of hidden places, or we thought they were hidden. Of course the grownups knew they were there. lol Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog and the beautiful picture of the bookcase.. 🙂

  3. I’ve always loved these and fully intend on having a house with at least one someday. I blame it on my love of mystery novels.

  4. OMG! The blue bookcase doorway screams AWESOME! I love, love, love it!! It would be my secret sanctum – a place for me to retreat to when I need to restore my sanity after a long day with my two obnoxious teens!

  5. My dream house has several secret passages. I first thought of secret passages when I was looking at a magazine that had a mansion for sale that had secret passage that started in the library room. So I’ve been thinking about putting in secret passages in my dream house ever since.

  6. I think hidden passages look so cosy and neat. I’d love my bedroom to be behind one of those bookcase doors.

  7. My dream would be to have a hidden room filled with books, pillows to snuggle up on, and a small wine rack. That would be amazing 🙂

  8. I like your thoughts on hidden doors and secret passages. I love the bookcase, and how it connects the rooms in such a delightful way. thank you

  9. I am loving the blue bookcase secret passage way! I would love to have one of these in my home! Thanks for sharing this informative article.

  10. The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear secret passage is old houses and castles.
    I really want a hidden door and secret passage in my house.

  11. Having a secret door is every kids dream! How fun would it be to have a hidden library or place to escape where no one knows where to find you. If I ever build a home, I want a secret door leading to a scrapbooking room!

  12. Oh my goodness. I can’t believe how cool that bookcase door is. I really want something like that. It is such a cool idea!!

  13. My GrandMa’s house has a secret door leading to a small room. When she died this has been a dreaded room because we would frightened ourselves to death hehehe.

    That is the very reason why I am not so partial with having a secret room with a secret door in our house, but this is a gogogo and a cool idea if it is a secret door leading to a common area like kitchen, living rm or thru the kids room.

  14. This would be so great! When I was a kid I would pretend our house had secret passages and my sisters and I would spend all day trying to Find them! Of course none ever existed, but it was still fun!

  15. I LOVE this idea – I can only hope one day I have a home I’m able to customize in such a way (and with enough square footage to bother). Thanks for sharing!

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