A safe room can hold a safe or just be a safe place to hide in an emergency. Many safe rooms in large homes provide a hiding place as well as a location for storing valuables. Several home security companies encourage people with large homes to add rooms with hidden doors for personal safety. These rooms are usually wired with electronic communication systems and air conditioning since they do not have windows.

Many homeowners want hidden safe rooms for storing valuables and themselves in the event of a break-in. These rooms can be carefully constructed in basements, kitchens, behind bookcases and in other areas. The bookcase, favored in mystery films, is often used to cover a wall safe or it may be the entrance to a hidden room. Access to this room is through a remote control, security code or key. Pulling a book off of the shelf doesn’t work.

Additionally, a bookcase in one mansion opens to lead to a hidden staircase that goes down to a basement level safe room. A staircase in another large home lifts up using a remote control to reveal a secret room below.  There are other safe rooms as well such as an entrance to a hidden room is located behind the shelves in the billiard room of a mansion, a china cabinet hides the opening to a safe room in at least one large home or the false front of the closet is actually a door that opens into the safe room.

A custom carved armoire has a false back that is a door to a hidden room. It does resemble the closet described in Chronicles of Narnia. Other ways of hiding safe rooms could be a closet with sliding doors can hide an entrance to a safe room, especially if clothes are hanging in front of the hidden door. A heavy full-length mirror in an elaborate frame hides a steel door to a safe room in a bedroom.  Hidden wine cellar offs of a kitchen could have a false stone wall that opens to the secret room. Several homes have stone walls that are actually doorways to secret rooms. Another large home has an underground wine cellar/safe room accessed through the floor of the room above.

Many large safe rooms are comfortably furnished. Others hold safes in different sizes for storing jewelry, rare books, documents, antiques and collections that owners don’t want displayed in the house. The safe room is a good place for storing unloaded firearms and hunting equipment. In fact many home security companies can set-up separate alarms for this room.

Tornados and hurricanes can tear homes apart in seconds. A safe room can be constructed to withstand an F5 tornado in the Midwest and southern states that are often in the paths of these major storms. Typically, the safe room is on the ground floor of a house and it usually has eight-inch thick walls and  18-inch thick ceilings. This room, available in several sizes, can be used to store valuables as well.

Confuse burglars
The person breaking into a home is usually looking for small items such as jewelry, cash and firearms. If you are home during a break-in, the safe room becomes a panic room for hiding if it locks securely from the inside. Thieves may look for a small wall safe or they may go through drawers looking for valuables. They don’t have time to hunt for a secret room.

That’s why it may be good to consider adding a safe room or a wall safe to your home for extra security.