Many of us want to have extra storage in our house, but we don’t want the standard cabinet that’s visible to all. Some want hidden storage that’s hidden from everyone else except the occupants. These add another level of security and privacy. They also foster the spirit of adventure and creativity.
What type of hidden storage can you design into homes? Is there a solution that allows you to have heavy doors that won’t fail? SOSS has shared a guide to help you discover new possibilities for hidden storage. We’re also going to dive deeper into the Hercules Hinge. It’s a concealed hinge that can bear even the heaviest of loads. Keep reading to learn more!
Hidden Storage Ideas
Hidden storage and secret doors have been around for a long time. These concealed areas offer three major benefits.
- Increases security and privacy.
- Helps de-clutter the home and hide things.
- Adds a sense of adventure and fun.
Thanks to these advantages, many homeowners want a hidden door for their interiors. For designers and contractors, here are a few ways you can incorporate hidden storage in residential properties.
The bedroom is a place for relaxation and peace. Hidden storage can help homeowners get rid of visual clutter to make the room less stressful.
A wall-mounted cabinet can be more than just a storage for everyday clothes. You can turn it into a secret door that hides the bedroom closet. The hidden closet is ideal for storing extra clothing, footwear, and other items that could otherwise fill the entire bedroom. With the Hercules Hinge, the cabinet will be able to bear the weight of the cabinet.
In-Wall Safe or Lockers
Another common hidden storage solution in bedrooms is an in-wall safe or locker. These are small and compact spaces where homeowners can hide precious items. In general, inconspicuous cabinets or panels hide the in-wall safe. These swinging components can be heavy as well. You will need strong hinges that can bear the heft. Even with repeated use, the hiding panel won’t give.
A secret room is a great hidden storage solution. In addition, you can use the concealed section as an entertainment or game room. These secret rooms often have doors that double as cabinets or bookshelves. They need concealed hinges that allow them to hold significant weight while maintaining good balance.
Another prime area for storage is the kitchen. Homeowners often have lots of supplies and equipment that need to be stored away from view.
Pantries can be as small as a cabinet, but some can be entire small rooms or cupboards. These cabinets are often in full view, but some homeowners want the uncluttered look. A hidden pantry is the solution. Designers and contractors can use a cabinet to conceal the pantry. However, make sure to use sturdy hinges. These cabinets usually contain fragile glass or appliances, so the panel should remain sturdy even with repeated use.
In Other Areas of the House
Here are other hidden storage options you can integrate into a residential property.
A hidden library is ideal for a bibliophile or professionals who must keep a lot of paperwork. In most cases, occupants can access the hidden library from the bedroom. However, the living room is also an ideal access point for a hidden library.
Libraries are popular because they offer a sense of privacy and peace. To ensure that there’s minimal noise from the outside, the library’s entrance must be thick. This thickness requirement means the door should have strong yet balanced hinges. These concealed hinges must also be able to carry the weight of the bookshelf or cabinet. These are often the “fronts” that disguise the hidden library entrance.
Swinging and rotating walls are straight out of spy movies. However, they serve more than just cool interior features. They also help hide rooms like libraries and offices. In addition, they make excellent storage. The large surface area gives homeowners plenty of opportunities to add hooks, small shelves, and small cabinets. Architects can even design the swinging walls to be cabinets themselves.
Of course, the hinges must be considered when designing such features. You’ll need to incorporate heavy-duty hinges that stay invisible. These must be able to carry the load while enduring wear and tear from regular use.
Floating Entertainment Center
A floating entertainment center can house your TV, speakers, and other entertainment equipment while still having that minimalist fee. You can also make a creative design where some elements are hidden behind another. For example, the entertainment center can have bookshelves. However, these swing outward to reveal a secret storage area for entertainment equipment or household clutter.
The homeowner can decide what to put in the hidden storage. What matters is that you use concealed hinges. These help you achieve seamless lines while also being strong enough to bear the additional load.
Introducing the Heavy-Lifting Hercules Hinge
The entrances to hidden storage rooms or cabinets shouldn’t be doors. That would defeat the entire purpose of “secret rooms.” Instead, many designers use cabinets or shelves to hide the entrances. The problem is that not all types of concealed hinges can withstand the weight of these modified entrances. You will need a robust hinge that can bear the load. Consider SOSS’s Hercules Hinge.
Like its mythical counterpart, the Hercules Hinge has the strength to handle significant weight for a long amount of time. We’ve designed this concealed hinge to have unparalleled weight-bearing capacity. It may look small, but it has mechanisms and materials that allow it to last for years.
Here are other benefits you can expect with the Hercules Hinge.
- Full 180° Opening: We’ve engineered these concealed hinges to open fully. Whatever weight or dimension the opening has, homeowners will enjoy a full, single-action opening without any hassle.
- Compact Size: The Hercules Hinge can fasten into materials as thin as 3/4 inches. We’ve engineered it to be as small as possible while still having maximum durability.
- Steel Alloy for Exceptional Strength: We manufactured the Hercules Hinge with a steel alloy material that withstands shear forces without any issues. These won’t easily bend, even when the hidden door imparts constant and heavy loads.
Final Thoughts on Heavyweight Hidden Storage Solutions
Hidden storage solutions are a great way to de-clutter homes and add another level of security. However, designing these features comes with extra consideration. Architects and contractors must build hidden entrances that are easy to use and long-lasting. With the SOSS Hercules Hinge, you can design and construct a hidden entrance that can double as cabinets or shelves. The concealed hinge is strong enough to withstand heavy loads, even with prolonged and regular use.
Contact Us Today!
The Hercules Hinge is the ideal solution for cabinets and doors that need seamless and smooth operation. These flush fitting and compact hinges also provide uninterrupted lines for a clean, minimalist design. To learn more about our product, please contact us today!
What Is the Hercules Hinge?
The Hercules Hinge is a specialty concealed hinge. We’ve designed it for heavy loads, making it more durable than most other types of hinges.
What Are the Applications of the Hercules Hinge?
You can use the Hercules Hinge for any cabinet or door that needs an invisible hinge. However, this system is most suitable for heavy entryways or openings, like shelves and cabinets that swing to hidden storage areas.
What Types of Hidden Storage Areas Can Architects Design with the Hercules Hinge?
You can design a wide range of hidden storage rooms with the Hercules Hinge, such as concealed libraries, hidden pantries, and invisible in-wall safes.
Can the Hercules Hinge Support Heavy Doors or Cabinets?
Yes! This invisible hinge system is made specifically for load bearing. It can withstand heavy loads, resulting in perfect balance and ease of use.
Is the Hercules Hinge Completely Hidden?
Yes. The Hercules Hinge is just one of our concealed hinge products. You won’t encounter any clunky, visible components that break the lines of cabinets and doors.
Does the Hercules Hinge Provide a Flush Fit?
Yes. We’ve designed this hinge to allow your cabinet doors to fit flush into the space.
Which Materials Can Be Fastened with the Hercules Hinge?
You can screw the Hercules Hinge into most types of metals and wood. To learn more about the kinds of materials appropriate for this system, please reach out to us.