Today we’re sharing 13 examples of secret doors that lead to hidden rooms in homes, hotels, apartments and lofts, that provide a temporary escape from everyone and everything, at least until someone else finds the door.
1. This built-in wooden bookshelf can be pushed open to reveal a quiet and cozy reading room.
DeForest Architects designed this modern home. Photography by Benjamin Benschneider.
2. This modern home office has built-in white pivoting bookshelves that are also secret doors that can be opened to reveal a private living room.
Consuelo Jorge designed this modern house in Brazil. Photography by Fran Parente.
3. When this secret door is closed you wouldn’t even know this white bookshelf in a hallway hides a secret room.
The Ranch Mine designed this modern house in Phoenix, Arizona. Photos by Jason Roehner.
4. This wooden bookshelf door blends right into the wood paneled wall making it even less likely that you’d expect to find a hidden room behind it.
The Bold Collective designed the Airbnb offices in Sydney, Australia. Photography © James Horan Photography.
5. One of these floor-to-ceiling bookshelves is not like the rest. Instead it has a secret door that opens up to a hidden bedroom.
JRKVC designed the interior of this modern apartment in Slovania. Photography by Peter Jurkovic.
6. This large dark wood built-in bookshelf near the kitchen hides a secret door that provides access to a home office and guest room.
i.house designed this modern home in Vietnam. Photography by Le Hoang.
7. This large pivoting bookshelf in an office opens up to a hidden room and is a great way to make sure you aren’t disturbed while doing important work.
Inspiration from an interior designed by Haptic Architects.
8. During the day this huge pivoting bookshelf is securely closed. But come night the shelf turns into a secret door and reveals a hidden bar in this Hawaiian hotel.
Inspiration from The Study Bar at The Modern Honolulu Hotel.
9. When it’s closed, this secret door blends in completely with the other shelving units in this large wall of white bookshelves.
Inspiration from a wall of cabinets designed by UTZ Design.
10. In this small house, a private room is hidden behind a wall of built-in bookshelves that can only be accessed by opening the secret door.
Inspiration from an interior designed by CSD Architecten. Photography by Luc Roymans.
11. Having your master bedroom right next to the kitchen would usually mean there’d be very little privacy. This shelving system, however, hides a secret door and the entrance to the bedroom and ensures you aren’t disturbed until you emerge from your room.
Jesse Bennett and Anne-Marie Campagnolo designed this contemporary house in Queensland, Australia. Photography by Sean Fennessy.
12. This secret door looks like it’s just part of the wall next to the stairs, but it actually opens up to reveal a hidden room.
Inspiration from a home designed by Project.DWG ~ Architecture. Photography by Rene Fokkink.
13. In this modern loft conversion, a wall of white paneling and shelving can be pushed back into a hidden room then slides closed again to make the space even more unique.
Inspiration from a loft conversion designed by Alexander Martin Architects. Photography by Richard Chivers.