Key tips on designing an escape room

The minimum set of information needed for those who want to open an escape room.

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After you have decided on the game theme, have a scenario, it's time to think about one of the most important details of the escape room - design. Carefully developed design, its competent implementation, creates maximum immersion effect in the story, told by escape game, makes you believe in what is happening, get the most amount of impressions and emotions.

Regardless of whether you are going to build a escape room yourself or hire professional designer, following the  points below is required:

  • Selected story - follow it.

    The game plot unfolds in the Victorian era? Design premises, furniture, interior items must comply with this style.

  • Riddles, clues to them, should be approached by theme and design.

    In game about the stone century cannot be tips on mobile phones, iron objects, structures. Even if you came up with a fantastic puzzle, but it doesn't fit here, shouldn't attempted to fit it into the escape room.

  • According scenario necessary to plan puzzles position.

    If riddles require complex installation, wall integration, work with electrical wiring, you need to create the most effective in time and cost checklist for building, installation of puzzles and designing an escape room.

  • All work with electricity, game automation, must be performed by qualified specialists. It can cost reputation, or even life.

  • Through the escape room will be a lot of players. Some players have great imagination, some are sloppy or clumsy. In order not engage in an endless restoration of design, repair of furniture, props, needs creation durable, vandal-resistant environment.

  • Do not skimp on building materials. Walls need's cover with varnish. Reinforce pieces of furniture. Hide wires, regularly lubricate fittings, locks. Order vandal-proof props. These simple actions will help keep the design fresh as long as possible.

  • Don't ignore lighting, music.

    A competent light installation can create an additional entourage, accentuate dignity and neutralize disadvantages. High-quality musical accompaniment will increase emotional response and immersion effect.

If you don't have any skills, independent work with escape room building and designing can be quite expensive because of many unaccounted for nuances, the needs rework something. Therefore, before proceeding with escape room build, answer to the main questions:

  • Do you have building and design experience, superior knowledge of most people? Maybe any friends with this experience?

  • Do you want to make an escape room quickly? Cheap? Qualitatively?

  • Is there anything in scenario that requires special knowledge for its creation? If you make this on your own, how much time needs? How much will cost spent time?

I have been engaged escape room build and design for more than 3 years. Therefore, from experience I can say that without special skills, on my own to build a quality escape game that will really bring income without spending at least a lot of time, is a difficult task.

If you need help in escape room creation, contact me by e-mail or via my website. All necessary actions for escape game creation - scenario, puzzles, electronics, props, design, - I perform independently at the highest quality level, taking into account your budget, capabilities and needs.

With respect, Vladimir Kalugin.


Click on the picture and go to the page with a detailed story about the escape room creation:

The story of the creation of the escape room “Apocalypse”. Alicante, Spain.

The story about creation of a high-tech escape game "Apocalypse"

Creepy "Mad Vet" escape room.

 Nice, France

A story from which you will learn how to save 10,000 euros on decorations.
And how to build the most atmospheric escape room in Nice.

Mystic escape game
"Room 1408".
Nice, France

An exciting story from the escape room construction about the hotel in which strange things happen. 

Creation of "Edison - The Machine of Spirits" escape room.

Ashdod, Israel

An epic story with photos about how the real escape game is built.
With the sending of scenery and electronics from the RF.

Creation of the "Matrix" escape room. Dusseldorf, Germany

The biggest escape room that I built. Read the construction report at the link below.

Escape room: “There is someone In this house…” construction story — from an empty room to the first game.

The story of creation the creepy performance escape room about an abandoned house.

How to make a fearful and interesting horror ...

Photo report about escape room for children.

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Photo from the process of building a children's escape room "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." WITHOUT sending decorations and electronics from the RF.

How the Mossad escape room was built. Ashdod, Izrael

Detailed photoreport about creation process of the escape room "Mossad - Shadow Wars" in Israel.

Portable escape game- "Hackers Attack"

Montreal, Canada

The story of the creation of a portable game that fits in several boxes. It is created for carrying out games at office or at the customer's house.

Escape room creation services

Experience in the escape games industry since 2014.

Scenario for an escape room

The scenario, which describes the puzzles and the plot, is the main document for the escape room construction.
If you intend to make the escape room by yourself, you need this document. For many years I have been writing scenarios for a escape game of various formats:

- Classic escape rooms

- Outdoor escape games

- Mobile escape rooms

- Portable escape rooms

- Tourist escape games

- Gamification of excursions and museums

- Escape room for advertising a main business

Portative escape room

Portable quest games that fit in multiple boxes. Easily fit in the back seat of a car. Props and riddles are made using unique gameplay models so that the impressions of the players are as positive as possible.

The quest contains more props and is a complete replacement for the classic quest room in the new version.

Escape room construction services

Construction of escape rooms anywhere in the world. You get a unique product created by all the rules of game design. The construction process is as open and understandable as possible. Creating an escape room for any task and any format including the most non-standard solutions:

- Escape games with actors

- Real-life escape rooms

- Escape games in a bus or container

- Portable escape rooms

- Outdoor escape games

Making props for an escape rooms

Production of photorealistic body parts and corpses entirely in full size silicone. Human-made corpses for an escape room, arms, legs, fingers, organs.

If you make a horror game, silicone premium props will be a great decoration for your escape room.

- Whole body

- Legs, feet

- Hands, wrists, fingers

- Heads, eyes and organs

Thank you for visiting my site

Ordering a script or building a escape room from me you get:
Builder with 3 years of experience building a escape games;
Engineer with an experience of working with electronics for more than 8 years;
Designer and decorator who will perform the creation of all the necessary objects of entourage for your escape room;
The scriptwriter who writes not only an interesting script with unusual puzzles, but also thinks how to save you money.

Sincerely, Vladimir Kalugin

Game development services in the USA, Canada, Asia, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, England, India, Sweden, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, New Zeland, Japan, Israel. 
Escape room design and scenario game, blueprint escape room, escape room puzzle.