28 Insanely Clever Hidden Rooms And Secret Passageways
There are two types of people in this world: those who'd do just about anything for an unseen hideaway that slowly reveals itself behind a bookshelf with the tug of a leather-bound Sherlock Holmes, and damn dirty liars.
For all the kids out there who drooled over Bruce Wayne's Bat Cave—the dream is real. And it's spectacular. Here are 28 real-life, semi-attainable covert passageways, rooms, lounges, bars, stairways, and even garages.
1. The library within the library
It's like Inception, with way more paper cuts.
2. The super secret wine cellar
Hide your ridiculous vino-guzzling habit in this clandestine basement!
3. The speakeasy
One way to get through awkward family dinners is to make a quick kitchen escape behind the bar. Sorry, Mom.
4. The world's greatest employee lounge
The offices of Steelhead Partners in Bellevue, Washington have a secret pub built into this basic, rich mahogany bookshelf.
On an unrelated note, Steelhead Partners just received 50,000 quickly typed resumes.
5. The unseen studio
It's the ideal workshop for the artist who isn't quite ready to expose their work. Or just kind of suck.
6. This covert date spot
Table for two, just behind Huckleberry Finn.
7. This undercover spiral staircase
Oh, you only have one staircase? And it's in plain sight?!
8. This cave of wine
The only thing better than a bottle of wine, is many more.
9. The hidden sauna in a bathroom
Towels are probably mandatory.
10. This Hogwarts-esque office space
Ed Skoudis' private office is Dumbledorian, to say the least. Fairly sure you need to answer three riddles before the suit of armor lets you in...
...to what appears to be an underused home office. Regardless, 10/10 for the presentation.
11. This cliche hidden den behind a painting
If you're like me, you usually try to tug on every painting you see, lest you miss a stunning secret lounge. It'll get you banned from a ton of museums, but occasionally you'll see something like this.
12. The priceless geode concealer
Some men will stop at nothing to ensure their secret collection of geodes stays a secret.
13. This revolving bookcase
You have to believe this kind of set-up would lead to Indiana Jones-style hilarity.
14. The kitchen that ceases to exist
Finally, a way to hide unsightly counter spaces and cupboards.
15. This bathroom that guests are definitely not allowed in
Perfect for parties.
16. The real life Narnia
Parents of the year, no further proof required.
17. The Hobbit hole
Along a similar vein, here's a secret Hobbit hole, built for some ridiculously lucky kid. Is it okay to feel murderous envy towards a child, just for a minute or two?
18. This tiny hideaway
For the little lady who likes to hide out.
19. This stairway grotto
Complete with Thomas the Tank.
20. The reading nook
The perfect reading nook for those who are definitely not claustrophobic.
21. The book-switch
Okay, so a water heater compartment isn't as sexy as a bar or wine cellar. But this Holmesian book opening switch is the coolest thing on this list, in my opinion.
22. This closet full of beds
Bunk beds, in the Japanese businessman option.
23. The stairway to heaven
In my dream life, this staircase would lead to my study-slash-helipad.
24. This crazy panic room
The ultimate in mirror safes, or an impromptu panic room.
25. The man cave tunnel
Shouldn't every man cave have a secret emergency exit? At least to better serve the pizza boy.
26. The garage that hides your car
It's sleek, and practical. I could easily see Doc Brown's DeLorean find a home here.
27. The garage that hides your garage