Ideas For A Speakeasy Space In Your Custom Home

Posted on: 26 March 2020

If you love finding speakeasy-style establishments in various cities when you travel, you might like the idea of adding such a room when you're designing your custom home. A lot of people build home bars and lounge-style spaces, but a secret speakeasy-style room in your home can be a unique feature that you and your guests will frequently enjoy. There are many different ways that you can plan this part of the design, so feel free to discuss your goals with your builder and don't be afraid to be as creative as you want. Here are some ideas for a speakeasy space in your custom home.

Hidden Access

Traditionally, speakeasy establishments operated outside of the law. This meant that they weren't easy to find in their communities. You can play up this idea by hiding the access point to your speakeasy space. For example, instead of simply having this room accessible through a standard doorway, you might think about having your design feature a bookshelf that doubles as a doorway. At first glance, there won't be any indicators that there's anything behind the bookshelf. However, when you press on the corner of the bookshelf, it can swing open to reveal your speakeasy space.

No Windows

In most of the rooms in your custom home, you'll want to plan on having windows. They help to brighten the space and make it more inviting. This might not be an idea that you favor for a speakeasy room, however. Historically, speakeasy establishment often lacked windows because this helped to make them less obvious to people around them. A lack of windows in your custom home speakeasy will help to make this space feel more secretive, which is exactly the feel that you're going for.

Low Ceiling

Throughout much of your custom home, it's nice to choose high ceilings whenever you can. In addition to making each room feel larger, higher ceilings can help to create space that feels welcoming. You'll likely want to take the opposite approach for your speakeasy space. Talk to your builder about designing this room to have a low ceiling. This will help to give it a hidden quality, which is exactly the look and feel that you're going for. For example, if you're choosing 9-foot ceilings throughout most of your custom home, you might favor choosing an unconventional height such as 7 feet to give this space the true feeling of a speakeasy.

For more information on how to do this, talk to your home builder.