Create Your Own Secret Passage

From on June 08, 2009 in Light Construction

thesecretdoor.jpgPhoto credit: lauranatclemson
If you enjoy reinventing your home, then consider all the things you can do on a smaller scale. The idea is to enhance your environment with something you can’t live without.

Take for instance secret rooms.

Hidden rooms and secret passages serve two purposes; they’re fun and they offer security. This article isn’t about building a secret room – it’s about concealing an existing room with a custom bookcase.

The bookcase replaces an existing door and has the look of a built-in bookcase. It goes entirely unnoticed by your friends and even building inspectors.

A hall closet would be a great place for a built-in bookshelf, don’t you think?
Imagine the items you could store in a small room like that – jewelry, cash, guns, you name it. Just imagine all the places you could put a secret door. Personally, I would want one for my son’s room because it’s always messy – heaven forbid a guest opens his door thinking it’s the restroom. Scary.

secretdoor.jpg There’s never enough closet space for clothes (especially her clothes), yet some family rooms have built-in closets for storing games, sound systems, or built-desks. It would make a great storage place for clothes but clothes would look a bit odd hanging in the family room, no? This scenario just happens to describe my new house and why I’ll be adding a hidden bookcase to conceal all those clothes I can’t live without. It will also add a touch of elegance to my family room.

Another use is to conceal an office or home gym. Let’s face it, we all have a room or two we’d like to conceal.

Besides the fact secret doors are fun there’s also the added benefit of security; panic rooms if you will, only without all the high tech bells and whistles and bulletproof metal walls. In an emergency situation, such as a home invasion, your family would have a safe place to hide (and call 911).

Speaking of home invasions, according to the United States Department of Justice:

  • 38% of assaults and 60% of rapes occur during home invasions.
  • 1 out of every 5 homes will experience a break-in or home invasion.
  • There are over 8,000 home invasions per day in North America.

These are some very compelling statistics and good ammunition for getting started on your secret passage doors.

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