When you were a child, did you ever read books or watch movies about adventure stories about castles or mansions with secret rooms? They were exciting and the idea that a dwelling could have a space that was hidden from some of the residents was a very exciting one.
Now that you are an adult and have a home of your own, your motive for having a hidden room or space would be quite different from that of the storyline in a book or the plot of a movie, but you can still have a secret room in your home. They can be found in the back of a wardrobe, behind a bookcase, or in children’s rooms. The space under the stairs usually ends up as “wasted” space in a decorating design and you can put it to good use by making a hidden space in your house.
Today’s large walk-in closets can also be used to create hidden rooms or spaces in your home. Your attic can be a source of extra square footage that can lend itself to hidden space as well.
Now that you know that it’s possible to construct a hidden room or space in your house, you are probably wondering why you would need one. If you are thinking of the plot of a thriller movie or a bestselling novel, you may be wondering whether you should think about building a “panic room” in case you are targeted by intruders. This is not why you should create a hidden area in your home.
Your hidden space is where you can store valuable and private papers where no one would immediately be able to access them. You may have designer clothes, expensive shoes or jewelry that you would prefer to keep separate from your regular clothing. A small, hidden room off your closet would be a place for you to keep these special items safe.
Depending on the dimensions of your hidden space or room, you may want to keep your gun cabinet in there. It will be away from curious visitors of all ages, but still accessible when you want to access your firearms.
A hidden space can be used to secure private papers. You’ll still want to keep them in a fire-retardant box.
No matter what types of items and papers you decide to put in your hidden room or space in your home, you’ll want to make sure that it is secure. Consult with an experienced locksmith about ways to make sure that even if it is discovered, no one will be able to enter it without permission.
Like many kids, my toddler has an innate fascination with keys. I don’t know if it is because they are shiny, because they make a lot of sounds, or maybe it is something entirely different. All I know is every time I leave my keys out somewhere and turn my back on my son for a second, if he is not trapped with the confines of his baby gate he will find the keys and hide them somewhere safe so he can play with them again. I have tried distracting him with buying a pair of plastic keys that he can have to play with but there is an absolute lack of interest, he only has eyes for my keys. This fascination has ended poorly for me more than once. Usually, I end up finding the keys and about half of the time they aren’t so well hidden. They may be in his toy box or under the rug. The other half of the time that little kid gets creative and finds really good hiding spots. Sometimes it takes me hours before I will finally figure out where he has put them and some of those times I have only found them because I noticed he was going for them looking at the hiding spot too much. The worst that has ever come from his fascination with hiding my keys is that I have had to call the locksmith more than once to have new keys made after just giving up on where they could have possibly gone. Since my husband also has his keys it isn’t so hard to just have a copy made. However, it is usually my whole key ring and not just one key. That means I lose my house key, my car key, the garage key, and then a key for our storage unit. Having a locksmith make a new key isn’t really expensive, but when you have to make four or five new keys every once and while it certainly isn’t an expense I am happy about it. At least the locksmith that I have gone to both times this happened thinks the whole thing is kind of funny. I told him about my son’s affinity with hiding keys and he smiles and shook his head then chuckled to himself a bit. I am not sure if my son will grow out of this problem as he gets older or if with age his ability to find good hiding spots just becomes better. I have tried to tell him a number of times to not take mommy’s keys, but it’s pretty obvious he has no idea what I am talking about. I guess if it does continue as he grows I will be in even more trouble since the range of what he will be able to reach will expand. This not only means his range for where he can hide my keys will get bigger but also that it will become easier and easier for him to get to my keys no matter where I put them.