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What are some designs for hidden doors?

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Some typical home features that act as hidden doors are bookcases, mirrors, staircases, wall panels and flooring sections. More unusual elements that may conceal a secret room or passage include fireplaces, wardrobes, ticket booths, and brick or stone walls. Doors may swing in or out, depending on the application, and may also include a secret latch. Some doors conceal a hidden passageway, while others hide a wine cellar, powder room, office, vault or storage compartment.

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Homeowners can add interest to an oddly shaped space by adding a hidden door. The area under a staircase, for instance, is usually unused. Adding a bookcase beneath the stairs that swings out creates a conversation piece and adds a cozy room or storage area to a home.

Egyptian pyramids and tombs often had hidden chambers with booby-trapped entrances to protect the dead and their valuables from looting. Many Medieval castles had hidden passageways to provide a means of escape to inhabitants under siege. Persecuted religious groups over the centuries have worshipped in hidden spaces, and many English manor homes featured a priest hole to hide Catholic clergy from the Protestant authorities. Hidden doors in safe houses hid runaway slaves as part of the Underground Railroad. Speakeasies during prohibition were often concealed in hidden rooms to protect drinkers from the authorities.

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