Peace of mind and space-saving: Stash your valuables in a clever hidden safe, so the bad guys will never find them.
Who wants to mess with high voltage? Answer: Nobody. That’s why your valuables are well-protected behind this faux electrical panel that’s actually a wall safe. A combination lock appears to offer an extra measure of security for your electrical system, but it’s really the key to unlocking this hard steel vault ($329). The box is designed to fit between standard wall studs for easy installation.
This fake electrical outlet is a perfect place to stash small valuables and extra cash. It’s easy to install, and at $5.95, it’s inexpensive. Just don’t forget to tell your family why the iPad isn’t charging.
You might never have seen the tops of your doors — ever. Which is why they make a good hiding place for small valuables. This little tucked-away safe was made using a cigar tube with a screw-on lid. Bore a hole in the top of a hollow-core door, and include a recessed lip to hold a top that’s a bit larger than the tube — that way, the tube won’t fall inside the door (a washer screwed to the cigar tube top is the perfect lid).
You’ve prepped for the zombie apocalypse with gold coins, running shoes, and a few weeks worth of freeze-dried food. Where do you keep all that stuff safe until you really need it? If you equip your king-size bed with an armored bed bunker ($5,730), you’ll be ready when the zombies arrive.
Hey, even toddlers need to get away from it all now and then. Your little ones would love a secret compartment tucked away beneath a staircase. This one features spring-loaded hinges, carpet, and rope lights to keep everything bright and cheery. When the door is closed, it’s hard to see it’s even there.
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Looking like a vital structural member, this faux column is full of hidden compartments and drawers. The base is made from carrara marble — it’s actually a pull-out stool for reaching the upper doors. This ceiling-mounted column isn’t intended as a security safe for valuables, but it’s a cool storage solution that’ll keep small items tucked away but close at hand.
Fake rocks with little vaults have been around for a while, with good reason — they work. Their realism is better than ever, making them hard to detect, and a variety of colors and textures makes it easy to select look-alikes that match rocks you already have in your landscape. They’re ideal for stashing an extra set of house keys. Multi-digit combination locks add another layer of security. Large rocks run about $80; smaller versions are about $65.
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Designed as an access panel for bathroom and kitchen plumbing, this system ($10) relies on magnets to hold a section of tile in place. However, you’ll need to seal the edges of the removable tiles with color-matched caulk to complete the camouflage — making this hidey hole not one you’ll use on a regular basis.
Like an aha! moment from a Gothic mystery novel (only with a lot more upbeat style), an entire bookshelf swings away to reveal a hidden room. A bookshelf door requires heavy-duty hinges that won’t get out of whack over time, and, of course, a room on the other side to complete the effect. It’s a good way to keep home offices and play rooms out-of-sight, but true “secret rooms” won’t have windows like this one does.