by American Stalls January 19, 2023
Aside from the center aisle and horse stalls, the tack room is one of the most important rooms in a barn. The tack room is where we store our cherished tack equipment including bridles, saddles, and so much more. Additionally, we are seeing a trend more and more of making the tack room a social center. These days, we see many clients add more amenities and comforts to allow riders to socialize and mingle within the tack room.
On that note, we have a special guest post by Equine Residences to cover five ways on how to make your tack room unique! Let's dive in!
1 – Lighting Can Make All The Difference
Simply put, use your lighting to make your tack room sparkle! (And to remind yourself that it is important to clean and keep tidy and organized). We all know tack isn’t inexpensive to replace, and is usually beautifully made and adorning your equine best friends. We suggest overhead lighting (a pendant, flush mount or chandelier) and some LED strip lighting (not pricey, we promise!) if you have a great place to install it. Similar to a residence, the right lighting can provide the right accenting to make your tack room more luxurious and cozy.
2 – The Right Utilities & Hardware for Practicality
While beautiful tack and hardware is often the showstopper in a tack room, the right sink and corresponding hooks can make all of the difference. After all, function and practicality are as important as your tack room's aesthetics.
We prefer hooks that are sturdy, pretty, and functional. Hooks should be made from premium materials such as brass, stainless steel, or bronze. This ensures that your tack is hung on hardware that is solid to hold weight while durable to last long. When it comes to sinks, we always recommend deep and wide sinks. These oversized sinks will ensure you have plenty of space to clean comfortably as needed. Be sure to match the metal finishes of the sink and faucet with the rest of the space to really tie it all together.
3 – The Right Fabrics
If you have the luxury of a large tack room, we continue to see the rising trend of integrated lounge areas. We love comfortable, yet elegant seating to complement the rest of the tack room. Be sure to choose fabrics that are exquisitely made and long-lasting. One of our current favorites is Ralph Lauren’s “Wool Plains” tartans which are a wool blend. They don’t show dirt, but look like a million dollars.
Arrange your ribbons, trophies, coolers and other prizes in a way that makes your barn look like the winner you are! Find items like trays, candleholders and keepsake boxes at places like themodernequestrian.com. Buy a special mirror to hang on the wall or, if you have the space, a floor mirror. We love one with an equestrian look. Soft furnishings such as rugs, curtains and blankets warm up your space and make it feel more like home. Stay tuned for our collaboration with a European company of our new forthcoming line of home goods! We can’t wait to share it with you.
Finally, treat your tackroom like a safe room; it holds your valuables and is a place you can congregate and share special occasions and down time when you’re at your home away from home. Your Equine Residences!
Equine Residences is a design firm specializing in equestrian facility builds. They work with their clients in any discipline to create a barn that is beautiful, functional, happy and healthy for your horses.