I have always dreamed of having a secret library, someplace I can hide away with my books, and shut out all distractions. Of course, since I spend a large part of my day writing, it would end up being a library office, but the idea is still the same. My husband and I are finally getting around to converting one of our extra bedrooms into a study for me. I’m wonder if now is the time to make this dream come true.
There must be a lot of other book lovers out there with the same dream, since a quick search of the web results in hundreds of plans and ideas. These are some of my favorites.
When I was young, I was fascinated by stories set in English manor-type homes. They always seemed to be filled with hidden rooms, priest holes, servant stairs and cavernous attics. As a result, I first found myself drawn to rooms hidden behind bookcases.
I especially like this one, since the library door opens to a room with a tea-table. What could be more enticing than a good book and tea?
Unfortunately, I don’t live in a vintage manor with a bespoke library filled with antique books. I decided to look for something more realistic. For those who like DIY projects, reader makendo shared plans for a modern bookcase on Instructables.
They are too complicated for me to make, but surely I can find someone to build them for me since I have instructions.
Of course, the first step in the process is to decide where I would like to have my hidden bookcase. I’ve already decided to line one wall of my new study with free-standing bookcases; the other three walls have doors, windows, radiators, and other issues. One of the best things might be to install a SLIDING bookcase to cover an existing double closet. The image shows something similar used to hide a washing machine.
What do you think? Do you have a favorite secret door bookcase? Do you have one in your home?
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