Tack rooms are notorious for being somewhat messy and disorganized. You combine a mass of leather straps and bits with assorted saddles and blankets, throw in a pile of grooming supplies, and sprinkle all of it liberally with dust and horsehair. It can be a recipe for disaster.
However, as any rider knows, a well-organized tack room makes life so much easier. When you are leaving for a ride or a show, and you want to grab the specific equipment you need in a hurry, it’s much easier if that equipment isn’t hidden in a heap of other random horse-related stuff.
In addition to organization, you can add style to your tack room and make it a comfortable place to hang out with your friends while you clean saddles after your ride.
Whether you’re going for function, style, or a healthy mix of both, take a look at these 17 tack room design and organization ideas for inspiration.
- 1. Convenience and Style
- 2. Multi-Purpose Shelf
- 3. Quite a Bit of Bit Storage
- 4. Re-Imagined Horseshoes
- 5. Rustic Wood and Stacked Saddles
- 6. Clever Saddle Rack
- 7. When Stable Meets Glam
- 8. Tiny Tack Room
- 9. Easy Button
- 10. A Bit of Organization
- 11. Cozy Corner
- 12. Barn-style Barn
- 13. Rustic Meets Minimalist
- 14. Window to Your Work
- 15. Tack Room Gallery
- 16. Elegant Walls
- 17. Rustic and Elevated
- Enjoy Your Tack Room to the Fullest
1. Convenience and Style
Put all of your tack in convenient reach with a U-shaped tack area. The center table makes cleaning and organizing convenient, and the recessed lighting and wood furnishings give the room an elegant look.
Drawers in benches along the walls and baskets underneath the table create abundant storage for grooming or vet supplies and the many other odds and ends you might want to hide away out of sight.
2. Multi-Purpose Shelf
Do you have a smaller tack room and struggle to find space for everything? Try putting your bridle hooks underneath a shelf and setting your helmets on top. It is an easy way to make the most of the space on the wall. The ornate shelf brackets add an extra touch of class.
3. Quite a Bit of Bit Storage
Do you have a lot of extra bits not currently attached to bridles? Use long hooks with multiple bits on each. You can even sort them if you like — O-rings on one hook, D-rings on another, and so on.
It might not be the easiest to access all of them, but for simple, space-saving storage, it’s a great way to go!
4. Re-Imagined Horseshoes
Many horse people love to decorate with horseshoes. This unique horseshoe rack features a fun star design. Plus, you can use it to hang bridles, halters, and ropes in the tack room or even other items, such as coats and hats, cords and cables, or anything else you can imagine.
5. Rustic Wood and Stacked Saddles
If you’re a western rider, it’s hard to beat the look of rustic wood to complement your tack. The burned, aged wood looks great with the tooled leather of the saddles. And three-level wooden saddle racks maximize your saddle storage, too!
6. Clever Saddle Rack
Ever feel like the space under your saddle racks is wasted? A clever way to eliminate that problem is to have drawers and cubbies built right into the saddle rack. They provide plenty of room to store halters and leads, brushes, boots, or whatever else you like.
7. When Stable Meets Glam
Who says all tack rooms are dingy, dirty places covered with sweaty horse hair? If you like to glam it up, you can always store your grooming supplies in an ornate white china cabinet and hang crystal chandeliers on the ceiling.
It might even inspire you to spend extra time getting that leather shining and bits sparkling.
8. Tiny Tack Room
When the tiny house movement meets tack room, you get ingenious ideas that maximize every inch of space. If you don’t think you can get your saddle, bridle, blankets, grooming supplies, and everything else in one cupboard, think again!
It might not be the best solution for a large stable, but if you’ve got just one or two horses and want to keep your tack organized and tucked away out of sight, this is a great option.
9. Easy Button
For the person who wants to organize by horse, just hang a couple of hooks next to each saddle rack. Hang the corresponding bridle, halter, helmet, and more next to each horse’s saddle, and you can grab all of your equipment with ease.
10. A Bit of Organization
For handy bit organization, all you need is some PVC pipe and shower curtain rings. Put the rings around the pipe, and then clip a bit into each ring. You have compact storage, but everything is still quickly accessible without pulling a million bits off the wall.
If you like this system, it could be adapted to other tack as well. Imagine halters, bridles, or even girths lined up on pipes. And if you want a classier aesthetic than PVC, a copper pipe would look great.
11. Cozy Corner
Make your tack room a comfortable place to hang out with a patterned carpet and a cozy armchair tucked in a corner among the bridles. After your ride and chores, it’s a perfect place to snuggle up surrounded by the smell of clean leather and read “Black Beauty” again.
12. Barn-style Barn
Why try to hide that you are, in fact, in a stable when you can embrace it instead? Knotty pine walls with barn-style doors and hinges give off a barn vibe but in a classy way. And a patterned tile floor adds elegance and interest.
13. Rustic Meets Minimalist
If the look of wood all over is too visually busy for your taste, try combining wood walls with minimal walls in simple shades of white or gray.
The grain of the wood gives the room visual interest, and the painted walls give your eye a place to rest. Mismatched antique trunks and cabinets add an extra touch.
14. Window to Your Work
Once you’ve gone through all the work of making your tack room eye-catching, you’ll want to show it off. And not just to the people going in. You’ll want everyone walking by to appreciate all your hard work. You can have just that with colorfully painted paned windows.
15. Tack Room Gallery
Add some class to your tack room with a gallery wall among the saddles and bridles. Just paint one wall white and cover it with the artwork. Whether you put up your favorite equine artwork or photos of your horses is completely up to you. Either way, it will add personality to your stable.
16. Elegant Walls
If you want to add an elegant touch to your tack room walls without it being too visually overwhelming, simply raised boards painted the same color as the wall does the job beautifully. They add texture and a luxurious feel without a lot of extra work.
17. Rustic and Elevated
Sometimes, you don’t want to go over the top. You want your tack room to still look like a tack room, only nicer.
Wood on the walls, earth tones, and antique furnishings keep with the traditional tack room feel. However, a rich stain on the wood, mirror, vase of dried flowers, and tile floor gives it a slightly elevated feel.
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Enjoy Your Tack Room to the Fullest
Horses are a lot of work - though worth every second. Don’t let your tack room become a source of extra work trying to find what you need in piles of leather, nylon, and curry combs. There are numerous ways to get your tack room organized so everything is accessible and easy to find.
And if you want to go a step further and make it a comfortable and even stylish place to hang out, you have options for that as well.
These 17 ideas are just a starting point. Take inspiration from them, expand upon them, and make them your own.