Upgrade Your Cool with These Hidden Rooms

Posted on Apr 28 2017 - 1:48pm by Gabrielle van Welie
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Reasons I want to become a homeowner:

  1. To gain independence and "Legitimate Adult" status
  2. Be eligible to participate in “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
  3. To be free to build hidden rooms and secret passages

Do you remember Dexter’s lab? The inconspicuous one, accessible only through the bookshelf in his bedroom? That was cool.

via GIPHY

Now, I’m not suggesting you build yourself a home lab—although that would be rad—but I do encourage you to make the most of your homeowner status. Why not heighten your sense of adventure with some hidden rooms and secret passageways? The new dining room can wait.

Here are some ideas:

1. A playroom within a playroom

You know when you visit the typical Type A family, where everything in their kid's room is super tidy and you have no idea how they manage? I don't want to out them or anything, but have you ever tried pushing in the wall shelving unit? Thought so. Judging by the above picture, the true mess (or an even cooler playroom) might be waiting on the other side.

2. A bathroom your weak-stomached relative will never find

Worry not about serving dairy for Christmas. Your uncle won't ever be able to find this hidden bathroom. Use it for impressing distinguished guests or for your own private use. The only downside is: if you're not going to tell people where it is, you better make sure you don't run out of toilet paper.

3. The upgraded bathroom

If you're fine with sharing your bathrooms with strange family members, it's still okay to keep some things for yourself. Who needs to know you have a sauna? Surely not your kids. They've got to work hard in life before they get to relax in one of these. (Also, they'd probably faint. Please don't put your kids in a sauna.)

4. Talk about cupboard under the stairs!

Man, if Harry Potter's cupboard had looked like this, he would've been 100 percent less emo. (Okay, maybe more like 20 percent, but a definite improvement.) I will say, however, that I'd make the door a little wider. I'm not quite sure who fits in there.

5. A writer's dream

It's hard to get writing done when everyone in the house keeps interrupting you. I have hidden in our guest bathroom more than once, only to be found and judged by my sister an hour later. I can't say for a fact that this bookcase can hide the sound of my aggressive typing, but it's better than nothing.

6. The secret stash

Why share your best wine with people you don't even like that much? Hide your top quality spirits behind this fancy bar. No one will ever doubt your hospitality, and you can even brew your own stuff back there until you're ready to introduce your homemade lager to the world. Also great for playing hide and seek.

7. The bookworm's fantasy

If this isn't straight out of "Beauty and the Beast," I don't know what is. I do rant a lot about incorporating books into your home décor, but this is another level. This picture is also from a home in Connecticut, which was ranked in our "Best Places to Move to if You Like to Read" for having one of the prettiest libraries in the nation. (Winking at you, Beinecke).
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