Secret Rooms and Hidden Spaces People Unexpectedly Found

Shannon Quinn - March 22, 2021
From a distance, you would be forgiven for believing that this building is real. Credit: The Tim Traveller

5. Like Secret Rooms? In Paris, There Are Entire Fake Buildings 

Here on this list, we’ve talked a lot about secret rooms. But what about secret buildings? In Paris, there are entire buildings that are actually fake. For the most part, they are hiding ventilation shafts for the subway, which helps to make the city look just as beautiful and historic as it once did before the modern Metro was built. If you’re familiar with New York City, you already know that they don’t bother to hide the industrial aspects of how the city runs.  But in Paris, they’re always trying to make things look pretty.

Up close, it’s clear that the windows have all been painted on. Credit: The Tim Traveller

On a YouTube channel called The Tim Traveller, he shows several facades, or fake buildings in Paris. Some of them blend in very well, while others are rather obvious that they’re fake. One of my personal favorites is 29 rue Quincampoix, which has painted windows, rather than real ones. From a distance, this house might look real. But once you get up close, you’ll realize that it’s very obviously fake. This opitcal illusion is great, and proves how things can be hidden in plain sight.

At first glance, this beautiful living room space looks like it is technology free. Credit: Deforest Architects

4. These Homeowners Went Above and Beyond to Hide Their Media Room

In Feng Shui, they advise against having a TV in a lot of spaces. And many of you might know at least one person who wants a formal living room where they don’t have a TV at all. So, how do you enjoy movies and video games? One home owner decided that the solution to the problem was to create a secret media room. At first glance, this home designed by DeForest Architects looks like something out of a magazine.

The family keeps their TV and games in a hidden media room. Credit: DeForest Architects

Most people would already love to live in this house. But behind the bookshelf, there is a door that swings into the secret room. Beyond is a media room where the kids are free to keep their video games, DVD’s TV, and more. To me, this like like a dream come true. You get the best of both worlds when it comes to keeping your living room perfectly clean, while still giving your kids a fun place to let loose.

At first glance, all you focus on is the gorgeous entryway. Credit: Von Fitz Design

3. This Luxurious Staircase is Hiding a Fun Playroom

When you first walk into this house by Von Fitz Design, you would be forgiven if you totally miss the small door under the stairs. With the sweeping staircase, light fixtures, and industrial farmhouse charm, there is so much to visually take in. Clearly, these people took put a lot of time and money into creating their dream house. But they haven’t forgotten about making it fun for their kids, too.

Under the stairs, they are hiding an adorable play room for the kids. Credit: Von Fitz Design

When you go underneath the stairs, you’ll see a hidden playroom with toy blocks, a rug, pillows, and a piece of art that says “Every brother is a superhero”. This is a great way to keep a lot of toys hidden from the main entryway, which helps to keep the home looking like something out of a magazine. And when the child grows up and can start having friends over, it’s going to be the perfect place for them to play hide-and-go-seek.

At first glance, this looks like a luxurious wooden fireplace in an east coast mansion. Credit: Creative Home Engineering

2. This Massive Bookshelf is Hiding a Gun Safe

If you have guns at home, it’s always important to keep them in a safe, so that your kids don’t get ahold of them. For this home owner, they went above and beyond by keeping their guns in a hidden room behind their massive bookshelf.  Two bookshelves swing open to reveal a heavy bank vault door. You need to know how to open the door in order to gain access.

The secret is that there is a gun vault hiding behind the book shelves. Credit: Creative Home Engineering

This is like having double security. Most likely, this homeowner also keeps other valuables in this safe beyond just their guns. This home was custom designed by an architectural firm called Creative Home Engineering. The company specializes in building hidden rooms in your home. So if you have the budget to build something like this, be sure to check them out.

Most homes have floor-length mirrors, but not all of them are doors to secret rooms. Credit: Creative Home Engineering

1. These Mirrors Are Actually Secret Doors

If you want a secret room in your house to keep your valuables safe, this next idea is pure genius. A design firm called Creative Home Engineering specializes in hidden walls and rooms that can be constructed in your house. They sell several different versions of floor-length mirrors that are actually doorways. This is a brilliant idea, because most people would never think twice about seeing a large mirror in someone’s living room, bathroom, or bedroom. But in reality, it’s a portal to a hidden space.

This luxurious looking mirror is actually the door to the closet. Credit: Creative Home Engineering

In the photo above, you can see this luxurious mirror is actually a door into the master closet. If you have a lot of valuable clothing and purses that you want to protect, this could be a great way to hide them from potential burglars. It’s also more aesthetically pleasing and utilitarian to see a beautiful mirror where you can get ready in the morning, instead of a door that isn’t really serving a purpose. A mirror door like this cold also serve as a perfect hiding spot, in case you ever needed to conceal yourself during a break-in.