How to Make a Secret Room (Through a Wardrobe)

How to Make a Secret Room (Through a Wardrobe)

We made an entire secret room; including a wall, a wardrobe, and a secret lock system! Come see how you can do the same in your house. This video was sponsored by Lowe’s. Find out more about the Multi-Max 50 which helped bring this project to life at https://low.es/2V8SBUt
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This project was meant to separate a long room in Josh’s finished basement. The intent was to make a non-load bearing wall that cut the long room into a bedroom in the front and a secret office space in the back. To make it fun, Josh designed a corner wardrobe that you could walk through. To keep out little kids and to add to the secret allure, the doorway would lock and unlock with a hidden switch.

Building the wall is pretty straightforward. We used 2×4 studs cut to match the height of the room and span from one side to the other. I also had to leave enough room on one end for the doorway. The wall studs were nailed in place every 16 inches and secured to the floor using Tapcon anchors. We researched the risks of placing a new wall over the carpet, and Josh decided that it was a better option than removing the carpet in that area and adding new tack strips.

Because we intended on running new lighting into the office, Josh ran wiring through an existing soffit and down through the wall on a new circuit. This way, we could rough in a light switch and two outlets in the new wall. We added 3 new low-profile recessed lights into the room which made the space much more usable when blocked off from the rest of the room.

Now that the wall was up, we had to add the door that would also act as the back panel in the wardrobe. We purchased a blank,  hollow-core door from Lowe’s and a pack of hinges. I didn’t get a pre-hung door because those doors are centered within the attached door jams. Our door needs to sit flush up against the doorway so there wouldn’t be a weird recessed back panel in the wardrobe.

Josh added some mortices to the door’s edge to accept the 3 hinges. I had to do the same thing to the door jam spacer that we created. I screwed this spacer directly to the wall stud and hung the door in place.

To hide the entire opening, we designed a corner wardrobe with two doors and some hanging hooks on the inside. Josh wanted to make sure that the wardrobe was functional and inconspicuous, not giving anyone a reason to know that there was something going on behind the piece. He drafted up a cut list using Fusion 360 and we cut the items out in Josh’s shop.

Most of the wardrobe would be framing elements to support the two front doors. Because it was situated in the corner, one back panel would be the previously existing side wall and the other would be our newly installed door. To hide the seams, we used 1×4 boards to make “trim” on the inside and 1x6s to jut out from the wall and support the front doors. Josh used 1/4″ plywood strips to add decorative trim to the single panel doors to add some character. The door panels were cut in one piece and hinged to the frame. There is no bottom trim on the doors so you don’t have to step over anything to enter the secret room.

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BootsTheCat says:

I love secret rooms!

Stanley Denning says:

Two things. 1, Now everybody knows where the secret door opener is. And 2. I have never seen a man come out of the closet before. LOL

Kelsey CoCa says:

So THIS is the gay agenda politicians have been talking about, lol that explains why they're so obsessed with coming out of closets lol

Ruski Ryan says:

You should have laid the drywall lengthwise across the wall that way if you get a crack it will not run down the wall.

Dargreaves says:

I'd say this video should of been sponsored by DeWalt instead

Sardor Sadiriy says:

2:15 hey, what's that blue thing on the table, is it ermmm..

Immortallus Official says:

what was the cost of everything?
how long approximately to do this?
how would I make this into a safe room

Shengud says:

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Robert Lacourse says:

How does one get the directions and info for the electronics plan for this. I am planning a hidden door also and I like your simplicity.

ArdieBacardi says:

Get yourself a noice cancelling foam

Sun Rabbit says:

The real trick in concealing a secret space is that anyone looking for it will assume it's a square or rectangular shape, and accessible via a normal-sized door that's level with the floor that opens like a regular door.

Larry Parker says:

Hey, where'd ya get that millenium falcon challenge coin??😍

Konnor Napier says:

This some Narnia/the lion witch and the wardrobe type
stuff

TheAgency says:

cool video!!!

flaminq -Nat the Wolfchild- says:

Now I can travel to Narnia!

Aesthetic Bunny Bread says:

Imagine having to do all these work when you can just crawl back into your mothers womb and no one will suspect u hiding in there

Jacazza says:

How many times does one person need to come out of the closet

Ozone says:

Hide from your kids 101?

lord leprechaun says:

the guitar sounds like ether avenge seven fold of disturbed

bonnie musselman says:

Wow! Love this concept. Excellent work. 👍🏼

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