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Hidden Rooms And Secret Passageways

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 Short Summary: An article all about hidden rooms and secret passageways. From their place in history to modern day takes on the hidden room.

Hidden Rooms and Secret Passageways

We humans are inquisitive creatures, some may say that we have had to be in order to survive through the ages and evolve to a stage where we can now control our environment to the extent that survival itself is no longer as challenging as it used to be. Part of this early survival instinct was to seek refuge in times of trouble, the ‘fight or flight’ reflex that is still ingrained into our nature to this very day.


Hidden DoorDuring the holocaust there are stories of entire Jewish families having to take to hidden rooms to hide from the Nazi’s. Families of 8 people all living in a tiny space between floors where the slightest noise or rumble could spell disaster. The Frank family, led by Otto Frank, left the family apartment in a state of disarray, a note on the kitchen table hinted that they had left for Switzerland. In reality they had withdrawn to the “Achterhuis”, a secret, three story annex at the rear of the house where the entrance was concealed by a book case. Imagine living in a cramped space for over 2 years, in constant fear of being caught, not being able to even cough without the chance of someone hearing you and being found out.

Modern Day

Here in the 21st century, hidden rooms usually serve one of two purposes; security or fun. Some houses are retrofitted with new partition walls or similar to conceal an existing spare room or cupboard to act as a hidden room. The true fans of hidden passageways will stop at nothing to see their dream through to completion, even going to the extent of having an architect build these curious features into the designs, the idea being that if you simply convert an existing room then it will be noticeable to the trained eye that everything is not as it seems.

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For the creative designer there are far more ways to conceal the entrances to these rooms than the old cliché of a hinged bookcase, even if they do look really cool! By using magnetic locks you can make almost any mundane piece of furniture a secret doorway, the most common example would be having a dresser or large mirror/painting to conceal the entrance, by using magnetic locks you can elect to operate them by a range of methods such as remote control, PC or a microswitch hidden in an ornament. The only limit to what you can have is your own imagination. Provided you have the money of course.

So what would you do with a new hidden room? Use it as a high security panic room, a safe room for your valuables and collectables, somewhere to hide away from the daily grind of life or even a fantasy ‘playroom’ a la 50 shades of grey?

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