Invisible Hinges

  • Secret Rooms are Wildly Popular

    How to Make a Secret Room

    Secret rooms are becoming more and more popular these days, and could even be considered a trend. Whether a new home is being designed, or an old one is being remodeled, secret rooms are now often included in design plans. The intended uses of these secret places are as varied as their location.

    A True Multi-Purpose Room

    Some secret rooms are not only hidden but reinforced for protection; these serve as panic rooms. Entire families can hide in these rooms if they are threatened by an intruder. Some secret rooms are small areas concealed under a staircase, often made as a child’s hideaway. Other secret rooms serve as getaway for adults.

    No matter what the purpose of a secret room, the main aim is to make sure the secret room remains well, secret. You will need to make sure to carefully disguise the entrance.

    Keeping Your Secret

    The easiest way to do this is to use invisible hinges in a door that is made to look like part of the paneling, or some other type of wall section. Because the hinge is invisible, the faux paneling fits seamlessly into the adjacent wall without betraying the existence of a door. The Invisible Hinge by SOSS is a wonderful option that provides quality and durability.

    Because these invisible hinges are extremely strong, they can be used to support another type of structure to hide the entrance to a secret room—a bookcase. A bookcase hinged along one side with several invisible hinges is an inventive way of disguising an entrance to a secret area. The invisible hinges hide the bookcase/wall seam as well as it hides the seam that is formed between a door and a wall.

    Choices, Choices

    Another option for concealing a secret room is a sliding wall or door. The sliding wall or door is supported by guides that can either go into the adjoining wall on either side or move in front or back of the wall along the same type of guides. This type of installation is much more time-intensive in addition to being much more difficult to install than the previous two choices.

    Also, if the secret room serves as a panic room, a reinforced sliding door is more difficult to conceal, due to the increase in bulk from being reinforced.

    Safe Haven or Man Cave

    The size of the secret room should be dependent upon its intended use. A panic room should be fairly large considering that it may have to provide shelter for more than one person for a possible extended length of time.

    A secret room that serves as a getaway for adults may be large as well, depending on how the person wants to get away. A writer might want to place a desk inside, and a dreamer might want a day couch for napping. Or maybe you need a true man cave, a place of no interruptions.

    Secret rooms and their designs are as unique as the people who want to build them. The one thing they have in common is that their entrance and hopefully their existence will only remain known to a few.


  • Details That Are Not Noticed in Luxury Hotels

    12958291_sThere is no exact definition for luxury hotels other than that people expect them to be expensive. Hotel star ratings from AAA or industry publications are at best arbitrary. Many four and five star hotels bill themselves as luxury hotels even though there are no set standards.

    But one thing is certain. High-end luxury hotels have certain details that the other class of hotels can’t emulate, either because they cost too much or they don’t fit the type of clientele they’re going after. Here are some incredible details that are never noticed in luxury hotels.

    1. Doors

    Most people don’t pay attention to their room doors or cabinet doors when they’re at a hotel. Yet doors represent some of the finest details of what sets luxury hotels from others. Everything from the material to finish to hinges complement the hotel’s style and decor.

    Luxury hotels that have deep history aim for more traditional look. Contemporary luxury hotels tend to go for more minimalist design. Hidden door hinges or invisible hinges can achieve a clean look that doesn’t detract from the design.

    2. Services

    Hotel business is known as hospitality business for a reason. Guests expect friendliness and courtesy. But what tips the scale from just okay to exceptional is how some of the services are performed.

    Luxury hotels understand that people instinctively respond to their name favorably. One’s own name has been known as the most pleasant word that can be uttered. That’s why luxury hotel personnel address everyone by his/her name. They do this in such a discreet and subtle way that you might not even notice it, but the pleasant feeling lingers.

    3. Cleanliness

    You would think a clean hotel room is a given, but you’d be surprised. You’ll often come across shocking truths on how housekeeping is really done in even the most posh hotels. If you can blissfully spare yourself from the gross details, good for you.

    Luxury hotels that get consistently high reviews on aggregate websites (e.g. TripAdvisor) and enjoy a ton of repeat visitors have the cleanliness factor locked down, even if you stay only one night.

    4. Technology

    Key-less entries, automatic check-ins and outs, a mobile app that tells you when your room is ready – these are the technological triumphs that make luxury hotels better than others.

    They can afford to build a proprietary app that handles the mundane details, so they can focus on the part that really matters – having a competent concierge that can meet any demands.

    Although many functions of hotel business are becoming more and more automated, people will always crave personal attention and human interaction from luxury hotels. Amenities that can foresee and meet guests’ needs and impeccable services are all details that make luxury hotels successful.

    Hospitality Design Guide

  • The Higher Demand of Boutique Hotel Architecture


    During the 1980s, a different breed of hotels emerged in New York, London, and San Francisco. Known as boutique hotels, they aimed to set themselves apart from overly ubiquitous big hotel chains. Rather than simply providing lodging and slapping on some amenities, boutique hotels were unique in their style and furnishings. They traditionally targeted people in 20s to 50s, who had more disposable income.

    Now that boutique hotels have become more commonplace with big chains in the game (e.g. Intercontinental Hotel Group with Hotel Indigo), the standards have gone up even more. People expect the personal attention of a small hotel combined with the amenities of a luxury brand.

    Even the very definition of boutique hotels is getting blurred. The “purists” would say that a hotel couldn’t be considered boutique if it exceeds 100 to 150 rooms. That’s due to the belief that it’s harder for a bigger hotel to provide personal experience.

    On the contrary, some would say a hotel size doesn’t play as big of a factor; it’s all about the approach and attitude. As long as hotels answer this one crucial question, they can be considered boutique. Do they entertain and delight? Whether through music, architecture, lighting, unique or specialized themes or art, as long as hotels provide one-of-a-kind atmosphere, they meet the criteria for boutique.

    Even if people disagree on the true definition, one thing is certain about boutique hotels. People want the personal experience. Every room is slightly different and not a cookie-cutter design. Only the essential amenities are provided because too many choices can actually paralyze people when making decisions. But these amenities don’t feel like the “bare minimum.”

    Detail to attention is meticulous. Take door hinges for example. Not too many people think about door hinges, but at many boutique hotels that boast contemporary interior, you’ll notice the hinges are missing.

    These “invisible hinges” are hidden when the doors and cabinets are closed, adding to the smooth and clean lines. Unless the hotels are going for the vintage or classical look, traditional hinges are bulky, take up a lot of room, and detract from the decor. Concealed door hinges solve that problem.

    Boutique hotels also meet higher standards by essentially being mind readers. They go beyond the expensive sheets and memory foam beds. Prior to check in, they’ll ask their guests what their sleeping preferences are and provide accordingly. This ensures every guest has a customized experience.

    In a nutshell, boutique hotels focus on providing quality experience at a personal level, regardless of the size. They pay attention to smallest details, like using hidden hinges on their doors and cabinets. They generally take care to make sure their interior is different and reflects the characteristics of the hotels.

    Hospitality Design Guide

  • Achieving Clean Lines with Invisible Hinges

    Too many hoteliers and contractors think 35751525_speople won’t notice a tiny design detail, but that would be wrong. Design is about how it feels as much as how it looks.

    For instance, many people choose to stay at a boutique hotel because it’s smaller, personal, and has more attention to detail.

    One of the ways a boutique hotel shows it has paid attention to detail is through an invisible door hinge.

    It’s often easy to ignore how doors and cabinets are constructed, unless people are unusually perceptive or have a lot of interest in interior design. Yet the small details often stand out in their mind; why do some doors have hinges and others don’t? Exactly when did invisible hinges become a thing?

    How does something so small and seemingly insignificant matter? That’s because a boutique hotel is expected to have a certain premium look to it. When it comes to a high-end, premium look, a lot hinges on the hinges – no pun intended.

    When people stay at premium boutique hotels, they will notice how many doors have no visible hinges – meaning when the door is closed, the hinges are perfectly concealed. As the hinges are flush with the door, this leaves uninterrupted clean lines. It’s a simple idea that has become an architectural triumph in the recent years.

    Invisible Hinge vs. Traditional Hinge

    Deciding what type of hinges to use on doors and cabinets is a matter of what design problem you want to solve. Cabinet doors with visible hinges can achieve a certain classical or vintage look, where the hinges themselves are part of the design.

    But if you want to have minimalist design, visible hinges are not the way to go. A traditional hinge can stand out and detract from the overall design. It’s often a different color from the door and draws unnecessary attention to it. It also takes up room and get “kitchen stuff” caked onto it when used on a kitchen door.

    With an invisible hinge, the door itself becomes the center of attention and decoration. It allows for continuity in design without interruption. A concealed hinge is also relatively inexpensive despite the high-end look it can achieve.

    SOSS specializes in solving design problems with a hidden cabinet hinge and door hinge, offering a variety of extra light to heavy-duty hinges that never need adjusting.

    To see even more hospitality design trends please download our free industry guide to hospitality design by clicking below.

    Hospitality Design Guide

  • What Similarities Do Most High End Hotels Share

    Hospitality DesignNot all hotels are designed the same. Some simply aim to provide a bed for the night while others offer luxury at a premium price. Then there are the ones in-between.

    People stay at high end, ultra luxury hotels for different reasons. Many travel for business. Some may be “travel hackers” who aspire to goals like getting the best deal and hacking different hotels’ reward schemes. For others, it may be a once in a lifetime experience for their honeymoon or special occasion.

    Whatever the reasons there are certain expectations when people stay at high-end hotels. Premium amenities and catering to need is expected. Since they are likely paying the premium price for their stay, they are right to expect all of those. Why do some hotels deliver while others fail?

    Successful high-end hotels, whether they are part of a chain or independently operated, all share common similarities other than their price. Here are three things high-end hotels have in common.

    1. Focus on Sleep Quality

    No matter how luxurious a hotel may be, it is not home. Even the most seasoned road warriors have a hard time sleeping in an unfamiliar bed.

    Everyone knows the benefit of getting a good night’s sleep, but not all hotels show it. This is probably the biggest thing that sets apart high-end hotels from the others - they cater to their guests’ sleep quality. They go beyond the usual Tempur-Pedic beds, expensive sheets and pillow menus; some even offer handmade mattresses.

    2. Attention to Detail

    High-end hotels provide attention to the smallest detail. This can be having a moisturizer ready in the bathroom on a cold day. When the recession hit, even high-end hotels had to cut back on some of their amenities. However, the successful ones have been able to discern which ones to keep and what they could get rid of.

    Attention to detail can show up in the most unexpected way, like invisible hinges. An invisible hinge, whether it is for doors or cabinets, creates a clean line, achieving a look that is modern and premium. Such a look improves the overall experience of the guest. The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is one hotel that uses invisible hinges throughout the hotel.

    3. Aim to Delight

    High-end hotels are about building relationships and creating a lasting impression to bring people back again and again. Their guests are not simply warm bodies to fill their beds.

    With review sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor so rampant, messing up on even the tiniest thing can make or break business. Quality hotels know this better than anyone else. Their goal is not simply to help guests have a good stay; they aim to delight.

    See what other similarities high-end and boutique hotels share in common by checking out our free hospitality design guide.

    Hospitality Design Guide

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