Secret Rooms: 10 Special Spaces Hidden from Sight in the Home

Whether it's a concealed room, hidden storage space, or cozy reading nook, having a secret place in our homes appeals to the kid in all of us. Here we reveal 10 furtive ways to cover your (design) tracks.

  1. A Private Den

    Hideaway Bookcase

    A bookcase on hinges opens to reveal a den that's ideal for quiet reading or TV time away from the hustle and bustle in the rest of the house.

    Related: Divide and Conquer—10 Room Dividers to Bring Space to Your Space

    DeForest Architects

  2. Stealthy Laundry Room

    Hidden Laundry

    Not relegated to the cellar or mudroom, this laundry room is incorporated into the main living area of the house thanks to sliding bookcases that keep it out of sight when not in use.

    Related: Planning Guide—Laundry Rooms


  3. Hidden Home Office

    Hidden Home Office

    A home office hidden behind folding closet doors is probably something you've seen before, but here's a delightful, modern twist. The cheerful, orange workspace is tucked behind a large, pull-down tambour-style panel.

    Related: Create a Home Office That Works for You—10 Expert Tips

    Kropat Interior Design

  4. Concealed Walk-In Closet

    Hidden Closet

    A graphic wallpaper pattern creates a whimsical faux library in a room and cleverly masks the door to a walk-in closet. Now that's brilliant!

    Related: 12 "Off the Wall" Ways to Repurpose Wallpaper


  5. Paneled Powder Room

    Hidden Powder Room

    Horizontal paneling makes the door to an under-stair powder room nearly impossible to detect, camouflaging this discreet and smart use of space.

    Related: 17 Tiny Bathrooms We Love

    Alchemy Design Studio

  6. Secret Sauna

    Hidden Sauna

    This decidedly feminine bath hides a luxurious secret—a sauna tucked behind a door that's been wallpapered and trimmed to blend in with its surroundings.

    Related: 20 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Big


  7. Discreet Minibar

    Hidden Bar

    A beverage fridge and small sink help to transform this closet into a functional minibar. Recessed lighting, a mirrored wall, and glass shelves add to the polished look of the cozy space.

    Related: Mirror Magic—10 Ways of Using Mirrors to Your Design Advantage

    Sutro Architects

  8. VIP (Play) Room

    Hidden Playroom

    Children will applaud and delight in this creative use of under-stair space. Apple green walls and soft furnishings to relax on enhance the kid-pleasing quotient.

    Related: Creative Kids' Spaces

    Von Fitz Design

  9. Bath Behind the Books

    Hidden Bathroom

    Why break up a beautifully painted hallway with an ordinary bathroom door? This coordinating bookcase on hinges does the job much more stylishly.

    Related: Banish the Bland: 10 Ways to Make Over a Boring Hallway


  10. Cozy Nook

    Hidden Reading Nook

    If you have an alcove in your home that's just perfect for a cozy enclosure, but you'd like to avoid the cost and permanency of a built-in design, install a curtain rod, decorative drapes, and daybed to create a comfy, private nest for reading and dreaming.


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    If you are interested in more special rooms, consider:

    10 Clever Uses for the Space Under the Stairs

    11 Sneaky Storage Ideas

    Lost in a Library: 11 Epic Reading Rooms

    Southern Living

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