Escape Room Ideas for Home

 Looking for new ways to entertain your family? Try creating an escape room! Our escape room ideas for home are creative, easy, and fun for everyone involved. We have 4 escape room puzzle ideas that will help you craft an escape room storyline in your home! 

 

  1. Come Up with Your Theme and Escape Room Storyline

  2. Create the Clues for Your DIY Escape Room

  3. Create Your Own Escape Room Puzzles

  4. Have Fun with Your Design

For years now we’ve been asked by our patrons, friends, and family about creating an escape room at home. It reminds me of when I was in the Boy Scouts and we built a haunted house maze out of cardboard boxes at one of our jamborees.  That was my first real Escape Room experience and it was amazing.  With the growth in technology and now more of us spending time at home, we have some hot escape room puzzle ideas that can turn your home into a fun Escape Room experience.

Despite popular belief, you don’t need multiple rooms to have an effective and fun Escape Room.  You can accomplish your task with just a single room…but more rooms are fun.  It must be noted that there are many Escape Room board games on the market now.  They are fun and entertaining but there is something special about having a themed three-dimensional environment to interact with when enjoying a game.  Ideally, you want as much space as possible inside your home so using the entire home would be ideal but the following DIY escape room ideas can be used for a single room.


1. Come Up with Your Theme and Escape Room Storyline

First, you want to come up with a theme.  The theme can be as creative as your imagination can get.  We’ve seen themes and escape room storylines ranging from prehistoric caves to 19th-century murder mysteries and all the way to future dystopian civilizations.  If you want to kick it up a notch try decorating as well.  You should not be surprised at the amount of cool stuff you can find on Etsy, Pinterest, and of course Amazon.  When decorating you just want to make space feel like the theme you’ve chosen.  For example, if you were doing a military theme you would want military clothing, posters/ pictures, books, and even furniture if you’d like.  Just go as far as you feel like going.

 

2. Create the Clues for Your DIY Escape Room

Next up would be creating clues.  Clues can be as simple as you want to make them depending on how difficult you want your room to be.  Most clues are designed in a riddle type format.  An easy way to come up with your own clues is to do just a quick google search of different types of riddles and get an idea of how you want to word your own.  An example of this could be the phrase “Hats off to you for making it this far”.  You would then have a hat hanging somewhere in the room and the player would just have to remove the hat and they would find a piece to a puzzle or another clue to help them progress further in the game.

 

3. Create Your Own Escape Room Puzzles

Now you’ve got your side dishes it’s time for the main course: the puzzles.  Escape Room puzzle ideas are categorized into two categories: visual connection or physical interaction. A visual puzzle is something like a picture or writing on a wall, etc.  Here you may have a clue that a player finds that leads them to look at something that will help them proceed through the game. These are very simplistic and are good ways to start a game out to allow the players to get going quickly. A connection puzzle is something that requires multiple pieces to get the answer. For example, a player could open separate boxes that have 2 halves of a picture or object that once put together allow them to open something else. Interactive puzzles usually have the player performing some action to unlock or open something. These are a little more difficult to make but can also be purchased for a minimal price from escape room puzzle sites. They usually use magnets and require some assembly but if you want to go all out on designing your own room they make a cool bonus. An example of this could be a knock puzzle where the player has to knock in a certain pattern to open a drawer or door. 

 

4. Have Fun with Your Design

In the end, have fun with your design.  Make it your own and think about what not only your audience would enjoy but something you would have fun playing yourself.  If all else fails give us a call or shoot us an email and we may be able to help walk you through some steps.  Have fun and good luck.