How to make your own escape room

Chernobyl-themed escape room.
Everybody loves puzzles, and if you are creative enough, then it’s a great idea to make your own escape room. Surely, it’s not so easy, so prepare to spend a few days on that. Note that there is a huge difference between DIY rooms and professional ones. Puzzles which you have experienced and probably liked were made using lots of professional gadgets, that’s why they seem of high quality. However, these pieces of advice will help you understand how to set up an escape room and not be disappointed by a result. Let’s get started!

How to design your own escape room

Just follow a simple plan.
1) Create a main idea of the room. This part is probably the simplest. Free your imagination, as this is the only option to think up a theme. Your own taste will be a judge. The idea should be thrilling, funny or both. It’s not bad to take inspiration from your favorite books or films. Keep in mind what themes attract your target audience. Kids, for example, will love Cinderella-themed escape rooms, but adults will not.

2) Put some details to the project. Just google 10 people or objects that are connected the theme. Write them down to a piece of paper. The list will contain main characters and elements of your world. For instance, if there is a room on the theme of “House MD”, then even his stick could be a nice option.

3) Make a storyboard. It will be an engine that pushes the game into play. This part’s importance is pretty obvious, but many people forget about it. The only rule remains the same: be creative. Don’t use cliché scenarios, as everybody is already tired of them. There is also a small nuance: if the setting goes on in just one location, it will be easier to manage.

4) Create an organizational chart. The step’s main goal is to put the complete story together. Write down all the timeline points and give each of them a description. Each note will be a puzzle or challenge. A little advice: put as many details as possible. Turning timelines into puzzles is not easy, so you’ll probably spend some time on that.

5) Select puzzles for challenges. If you don’t know what puzzles to use, then you can search for them on the Internet. Sometimes there are ideas so simple and so genius, that you will regret somebody came up with the idea before you.

6) Simplify the game and test it. The step is important because necessary changes will be obvious and you won’t have to spend too much time on accessories and details if something goes wrong. Invite as many teams as possible, as this is the only option to find out all disadvantages of the escape room.
A puzzle for an escape room.

What equipment is needed to create the escape room

As we have mentioned before, creating a custom escape room is impossible without proper equipment. Players will have much more enjoyable experience, and you won’t have to do too much by yourself. All the equipment can be divided into 4 groups.

Command and control software
Room management software allows game masters to track players via camera system, communicate and interact with them. You can send hints, show countdown timer, add some themed music, trigger some digital props, connect buttons in the room, control the lights via command center. There are too many features to describe all of them. The software is a suite that most businesses rely on, as it saves lots of money and increases productivity.

Puzzles and gadgets
If you don’t want to think up puzzles by yourself, you can buy them too. It’s pretty convenient, because there are lots of them on the market, so it won’t be a problem to find a product that is suitable for a specific theme. Puzzles made by professional engineers are entertaining and good-looking, and that’s probably the most important qualities.
Another escape room example.
The majority of puzzles sold on the Internet is plug-and-play. Good electronics and engineering skills are not necessary to set up them. All the goods are made in such a way that even inexperienced person could understand how everything is done.

Gadgets are used to make our lives easier. The same goes with escape rooms. The number of goods in this section is really high. Moreover, if you have a great idea and you can’t find out how to put it into practice, then experts are here to help you. They will create any equipment you think up of for a reasonable price. This is quite a good investment, as making it by yourself will take a few weeks if not months.

Connecting and set up equipment
Equipment for connecting all the objects in an escape room might seem hard for most people. However, everything in this aspect depends on the equipment. If its quality is high and a clear instruction is provided, then setting up puzzles will be one of the easiest tasks you will face while creating an escape room.
Escape room props to sea and ship lovers.
Keep in mind, that high-quality connecting equipment is not only a matter of convenience. Even people’s safety is dependent on it. Some cheap wires can be a reason for short circuit or even fire in the building. That’s why you should take choosing all the electric stuff with the utmost seriousness. Check if the equipment works properly right after you buy it.

Costumes and decorations
While making the perfect escape room all the nuances must be taken into account. Nobody wants to go to a place that doesn’t have a unique atmosphere. Costumes for actors are a huge part of it, as poor apparel can ruin even the most pleasant experience. If you were a regular player, would you come back to the escape room where the company cuts corners even on clothing by using DIY props? Probably not.
The importance of proper apparel.
Decorations are the thing that makes escape rooms special. Imagine the room with none of them. The experience will don’t be different from some games on PC or mobile phone. Players should be convinced that they are living their lives not playing. That’s the main goal of all the companies in this field.

What is better: to make a room with your own hands or seek help from professionals?

Let’s sum up everything we have said by pointing out advantages of DIY and professional escape rooms. We will start with escape rooms people do on their own:
• You won’t spend much money on the project.
• The number of available themes is infinite and depends just solely on creativity of a person.
• Creating your own escape room is really interesting.
• You are not confined with any boundaries.

Professional escape rooms have also got something to show off:
• You’ll save a lot of time if you decide to buy it.
• There are many features making it easier to organize the escape room.
• There’s no need for thinking up of puzzles, as they are already included in a package.
• All the necessary equipment looks and works great.
• It’s much more convenient to use escape rooms built by engineers.
• Software is completely customizable.
• All the goods pay off quickly.
A professional puzzle and its design.
Professional rooms have got a few more advantages. However, you can take the best from them and apply it to your own project. Gadgets used in professional rooms make a unique experience for players, so why not buy them? Use high-quality props to make your own escape room. Our catalogue contains a wide range of equipment, so you will definitely find something that will be useful.

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