The original idea for the tack room came from one of my trainers who used a large shed to store her saddles, bridles, blankets, medicine & grooming supplies. I have a barn with an unenclosed tack room, but I don't feel comfortable storing my saddles in there--dust, mice, spiders--no thank you. I wanted an enclosed room nearer to my riding area. (The old area will still be used to store supplemental feed, vitamins, barn cat's house, & halters & leads.)
First, we bought and had the shed delivered. It's a 16'x10' Old Hickory with extra high sides which accommodate two upper storage areas.
Before I picked out the Old Hickory shed, I'd already combed Pinterest for storage ideas: saddle, bridle, and helmet racks, shelves, etc. The inside, however, we planned on a trip to Lowes. I knew I wanted to have paneling on the inside, electricity, lighting, some sort of chandelier, and an area rug.
The wall panels:
The plate covers.
I chose this one because I like the simplicity, and the bronze matches the other items. It also had the most lights--I want as much light as possible when I need it--and the least amount of cleaning if it gets dusty. All the lights will be controlled from one switch and be on a dimmer.
The wall sconces. (4) Also bronze.
Here's my husband marking off the placement of saddle & pad racks. There will be 8. ($24.99/$19.99 for more than 4, from sstack.com)
Here's what they look like mounted (store photo).
The plywood, on the ceiling of the shed, will be painted the color "Buckskin Pony." We looked at 40-50 samples, but not the names, and chose that one. When I did look at the name to tell my husband what we chose, we both laughed. Of course, Buckskin Pony would be THE ONE. We bought the paint at Lowes, too, and got the one with primer already mixed in. My husband has just gone out to rent a sprayer, and I taped up the two windows.
Here are the bridle racks.
I would have rather had these...
But they were too expensive. 😭 So, I went with the brass.
Each saddle rack (above) will be a station that contains: saddle & pad rack, bridle rack, & helmet rack. This photo (from Pinterest) is the way I plan to organize them in their stations, but they will be stacked in 2's with no halter/lead rope hook.
The carpet you see hanging off one of the storage areas is an indoor-outdoor rug we found at Costco, on sale for $99.99. I liked it because it's less likely to show dirt than a darker one. If I had my choice, I'd choose something like a burnt orange or red--and I still may in the future--but this is a good start.
I have to have electricity for running clippers (and vacuuming) and also a small fridge to keep my vaccinations, penicillin and worming supplies. He's installing 2 outlets.
We also installed 2" thick wood braces where the saddle racks will anchor into the wall. The wood paneling will be installed over all of this, then the racks.
I'm on the lookout for a vintage bookshelf or old hutch that can store my medical supplies. For grooming, I'll probably purchase a shower rack of some sort that I can hang on a bar in the tack room and transport easily to the wash rack.
There will be other storage needs, but I'm not sure what they'll be yet. I want to organize my main tack items first and then see what is needed next.
Oh, and I also asked my husband to build a small deck off the tack room so I can have a couple of old rocking chairs. It'll be my tack house!
I rode Leah in the new saddle yesterday. I love it. It's going to make the perfect trail saddle!! She seemed to like it, too. She moved out great in it. I'm surprised at the freedom it gives my legs, I'm so used to thick, solid fenders on my western saddle.
Oh, and I must report, as a follow-up to the last post, she was an ANGEL in the trailer. That couple days of being in there, resting and eating, paid off in spades.
The next time I post I'll be 50, and I may even have the final pictures of the tack house.
If you have organization ideas, please share them!