How to Design a Tack Room


A tack room is a separate building or designated space within a stable used to store horse-related items such as saddles, bridles, blankets and grooming supplies. You can design a large, elaborate, multifunctional structure with expensive furnishings or a small no-frills room in your existing stable to meet basic storage needs.

Take Time to Plan

  • Think about possible locations for the space. Decide whether a new freestanding building or a remodeled area in your existing stable is better suited for your equipment needs. Develop a project budget with which you can live, and take inventory of what items you'll be storing. Visit a few operational tack rooms to get ideas for your design, such as tool organization, traffic-flow patterns and furnishing types. Determine whether you want to use the tack room as a multifunctional space for social gatherings, to wash and dry horse blankets and wraps, or clean tack such as saddles and bridles.

Ponder the Practical

  • Choose a space adjacent to or inside the horse stable. Organize the tack space to have a designated storage spot for everything, such as a pegboard for bits, racks for saddles and brackets for bridles. Make use of wall space to provide unobstructed walkways. Use wire baskets on wall shelves to hold extra brushes, hardware, leg wraps, ropes and other small horse-related articles. Make sure the tack room's entry and exit doors are wide enough to carry large equipment such as saddles through the doorways.

Protect the Contents

  • Control the climate inside the space to protect the contents of the tack room from potentially damaging moisture, heat and cold. Install air conditioning in a hot, humid region to deter the growth of mold on leather equipment. Cold, dry climates require a heating system and humidifier to keep leather items from cracking, splitting or drying out. Ceiling fans help circulate the air in any climate to create a fresher indoor space. Install ambient lighting to spread light throughout the tack room, which also may deter small rodents. Secure outside entry doors to the tack space with deadbolts or other sturdy locks.

Make It a Gathering Space

  • If you decide to use your tack room for storage as well as a convenient spot for social gatherings, furnish it accordingly. Place storage benches throughout the space for riders to kick back and chat, view training videos or clean tack. Add a table with a two-sided top you can flip to play billiards on one side or convert to a smooth tabletop for a party or informal meal. Add a display cabinet or wall shelves to show off horse-linked ribbons, trophies, buckles and plaques. Furnish the space with a small refrigerator and add a small microwave to heat a variety of quick snacks.

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