How to Make a Secret Room in Minecraft - dummies

By Adam Cordeiro, Emily Nelson

Have you ever wished for a secret room? Well, now you can make one! Minecraft has two types of secret rooms: below ground and above ground. A below ground secret room is at the end of a tunnel. An above ground secret room is at the end of a hallway. And since you’ve already learned how to make both a tunnel and a hallway, you’re halfway there!

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Making a secret room is easy; you just need to know how big you want it to be. If you plan to use the room to store items such as chests, food items, weapons, and tools, the room can probably be relatively small. But if the room will be a retreat or resemble a library, it needs to be larger.

It doesn’t really matter whether your secret room is above or below ground; you make them the same way. The only difference is that below ground you break blocks (left click) and above ground you place blocks (right click).

The instructions below work for both (just break or place blocks as needed). Here’s how to make a square room:

  1. At the end of your tunnel or hallway break/place blocks straight ahead to make one side of the room.

    Break or place blocks until the room is as long as you want it to be. If the length is 15 blocks, for example, break or place 15 blocks straight in front of you.

  2. Make the next side of the room.

    Turn to one side or the other and make another wall for the width of your room. But this time you’re going to stop one block short of the number of blocks you want for your width. For example, if you want your width to be 15 blocks, only break or place 14 blocks.

  3. Turn again to make the third side of the room.

    Break or place one less block than the intended length. So if you the first wall you made was 15 blocks, break or place 14 blocks for this wall.

  4. Turn one last time to make the final side of the room.

    Again, break or place one less block (as noted in steps 2 and 3).

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  5. If your room is underground: Dig out the middle part of the room.

    If you build your secret room above ground, you will be able to see the addition from the outside of your building. For example, if you have a square building, your new room will probably stick out from the rest of the building.

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You can camouflage the new room by placing blocks in the telltale spots around it until the building looks normal again.

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Now, your secret room is ready for you to decorate any way you please.

If you made your secret room underground, are you wondering how to get back up? You can get in and out of the tunnel by using either the same ladders you used to build the tunnel or a staircase.

Stairs can be a hassle — not because they’re hard to make (they’re not), but because you have to jump to use them. And jumping requires a high ceiling so that you don’t keep banging your head. It’s a lot easier to just use a ladder.

If you’d really rather use a staircase, you can make one from wooden planks, cobblestone, brick, Nether brick, stone brick, sandstone, or quartz block. This is how you make a block staircase:

  1. Dig 1 block in the wall in front of you and 1 block above it.

    Now you have a vertical hole that’s 2 blocks high.

  2. Walk into the hole.

  3. Break the block directly above you.

  4. Break the block that is at your eye level.

  5. Break the block above the one that you just broke. This creates a hole that is two blocks high.

  6. Jump into the hole that you just created.

  7. Repeat Steps 4-6 until you have reached the surface.

There you go! You have finished your secret room and tunnel.