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17 Common (And Uncommon) Escape Room Locks

(Last Updated On: July 24, 2019)

Own an escape room?

Does your escape room have locks?

I mean, I’m no brain surgeon but…

Guess what? We have locks too. That’s what this post is all about.

LOCKS!

A whole list of them, in fact.

Some of which, you may never have heard of.

Most of which, you probably have though. Just being honest.

But maybe not in the context of escape rooms.

So, check out our list of locks and leave a comment to share what types of locks you use in your escape games.

Standard Padlock

Let’s start simple, shall we?

Not just for locking your shed, padlocks can be found in escape rooms around the world.

They last forever, are easy to use, and are super cheap. Although, not very original so it’s up to you to get creative with them.

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Antique Locks

With endless styles to match your theme, spice things up a bit with an antique lock.

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Wine Bottle Locks

Now we’re cooking!

Sometimes, you need to keep people away from your booze.

Ok, not appropriate.

Or just use them to lock a message with clues inside a bottle.

Combination Sliding Barrel Bolt Lock

Here’s an interesting one that combines the OVERWHELMING EXCITEMENT of combination locks with the FRUSTRATION of public restroom stall doors that won’t stay closed.

Nah, just kidding.

These are pretty cool though and do stay closed.

Covert Coin

Keep your closely guarded secrets inside one of these babies.

Or hide clues, of course.

These come in multiple currencies and denominations.

Password Lock Box

Great for locking away keys, clues, decoys, or amputated fingers, lock boxes…lock stuff up.

Keyless Entry Door Lock

Have multiple rooms within a game that your players need to navigate through in sequential order?

Try out a 4-8 combination keyless entry door lock.

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Bike Locks

Nothing says “escape room” like a bike lock.

Well…not really.

Lock stuff together that would otherwise be awkward to do so.

For example, locking a container to a piece of furniture. Or, a bike to a bike rack maybe, if you’re theme has bikes…

Key Locks

Get excited, folks! We’ve reached the key lock stage of this post.

Basic and quite honestly, not all that exciting, standard keyed padlocks are cheap and versatile.

The “no drama” way to get the job done.

School Locks

Remember these? The nostalgia is overwhelming, isn’t it?

Make your guests feel like they’re back in school by throwing a few of these in your escape room, theme permitting.

Digital Combination Locks

Lock a briefcase, duffle bag, coffin, toolbox, luggage, or whatever with 2.5-inch shackle combination padlocks.

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Letter Combination Locks

Have players figure out the correct letter combination with riddles, poems, ciphers, etc.

Before buying, just check to make sure you can spell the combination you want with the letters available on each dial:

  • Dial 1: M, S, T, A, B, C, D, E, J, L
  • Dial 2: A, O, E, L, I, H, U, R, N, T
  • Dial 3: T, A, C, D, E, I, L, N, R, S
  • Dial 4: C, S, N, E, Y, A, L, I, T, O
  • Dial 5: H, S, K, L, D, Y, N, A, E, blank

You’re welcome. 

Directional Locks

I really like these locks!

While they are super common in escape rooms, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

For example, perhaps you have lights flashing around the room in a north, south, east, west configuration. Players must recognize that pattern and match it accordingly on the lock.

Touchpad Locks

Inexpensive and simple to install, touchpad locks are great for locking cabinets, drawers, and various small containers.

Diversion Locks

This is one of the most challenging types of locks that will require some good planning on your part so guests don’t get too fruatrated looking for it. It is obviously designed to blend well with the environment.

In my opinion, these locks are great because:

  • They add to the complexity of the escape room
  • They improve the immersiveness of the game
  • They’re pretty durable
  • They’re relatively cheap
  • They require very low maintenance costs

In the example pictured above, the book has normal pages which are hollow at the center. It is in this hollow space that a lock box is hidden.

The box can be unlocked with the use of keys, buttons, or just pulling the lid off.

Magnetic Cabinet Locks

I love this one!

These babies (pun intended) are inexpensive, durable, super easy to install, and create a great diversion for your players.

Not just for keeping kids away from chemicals under the sink, hide the handle somewhere and provide clues that’ll help your players discover their intended use.

Just be sure to have a few extra magnetic handles on supply for when they inevitably get lost.

Cryptex Locks

Great for hiding notes or clues, cryptex locks are durable, versatile and aesthetically pleasing!

And the good news is, unlike the letter combination locks, the full alphabet is available on each of 6 dials.

There’s a company called Cryptex Security Boxes that produces a wide range of style options!

As a bonus, they make a great self defense device. Just throw one of these at your attacker and it’ll surely knock them out cold.

Well, that should give you a good start!

Any lock types we missed? Leave us a comment below.

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