How You Can Add A Hidden Passage To Your Home

Secret passages are usually seen in movies only, but you could construct a secret passage in your prefab home. Besides being cool, your secret passage can also be used as a place to get away from others in your home so you can read, do some work or simply clear your head. Also, if you are ever in danger, you can always use a secret room to hide. To construct the right hidden passageway, you will need to find someone who is experienced with this type of creative home renovation and will understand the vision that you wish to communicate to him or her.

Secret Doors

Secret doors can be difficult to construct because the door must be exactly the right size so it does not leave a gap behind. Also, over time, the door can sag, warp or experience wear and tear that can make the secret door stand out and fail to achieve its purpose. Therefore, the door needs to be engineered so that it can resist conditions that will change the door's appearance.

Walls that are made out of stone can be more easily turned into secret doors because the stones do not always fit together perfectly anyway. The stones conceal the more sturdy part of the door that might become worn down or warped.

Bookshelves as Doors

One way to create a secret passage is to make your door look like something else. One option is a door that looks like a bookshelf. You can even have a doorknob that is shaped like a book so the door completely blends in.


Your floor can have a secret panel, serving as a trapdoor, that pops up and reveals a staircase. Simply place a rug over the panel and no one will even know the passageway is there. However, it might be difficult to place the rug over the panel after heading downstairs.

Hinged Stairs

Stairs can be attached to a hinge that then allows for the staircase to be lifted up, exposing a passageway below. The staircase usually needs to be motorized because a staircase that is sturdy enough to bear weight would be too heavy to lift.

Fake Fireplaces

Fake fireplaces can serve as hidden passages. The back of the wall is actually a panel that can be pushed inward to reveal the passage. In other cases, the back of the fireplace can be slid out to reveal the hidden passageway.