Can You Sit Down in an Escape Room?

Can You Sit Down in an Escape Room?

Escape rooms can seem like a daunting prospect if you’ve never done them before, especially if it’s a team-bonding activity your work has put on and you’re not sure how you’ll cope locked in a room with… certain coworkers.

But it’s important to remember that escape rooms are designed to be fun. So if you have any concerns about your well-being once you’re inside, you can talk about them with the escape room staff beforehand, as well as during your escape room attempt, as you won’t literally be locked away as a group until you manage to escape. There are precautions in place for people who suddenly feel uneasy once inside, but if you have any pre-existing health conditions, particularly regarding anxiety and mobility, you should let staff members know in advance, so they can take extra care.

So, How Do Escape Rooms Work?

So, How Do Escape Rooms Work?

Escape rooms are rooms filled with puzzles and clues based on a theme that you have to solve in an allotted time to be able to find the code or key to unlock the door. The idea is to escape the room in time, but less than a third of people complete escape rooms, so we don’t keep them in there forever. Everyone is let out after the time is up.

Most escape rooms are designed for groups of 2 – 10 people, as it can be complicated and much less fun to complete them on your own, and if there are too many people in a group, the rooms can become too crowded, or some people can find themselves left out. What’s more, if you get stuck solving the clues at any point or you need to leave, there will be a member of staff, known as a games master, who can hear, see and speak to you throughout your time in the escape room. They’re there to help you when you’re desperate, not to let you win.

At Escape Now, you’re given one hour to escape the room, and each of our rooms is designed for 2 – 6 people to make sure that everyone has a great time. You won’t normally be allowed to take your personal belongings into the room, but if you urgently need something, it’s not against escape room rules to take in some items.

Can You Sit Down In An Escape Room?

Can You Sit Down In An Escape Room?

Some escape rooms don’t have chairs inside, but nothing is stopping you from sitting on the floor if you’re able. If you do have mobility issues, you’re pregnant or can’t comfortably stand up for an hour, the escape room staff will be able to offer you a place to sit if there’s nothing already available in the room.

Moreover, it’s not just old, pregnant or disabled people that might need to sit down, sometimes we all need to take a breather, especially if we’re solving tricky puzzles, so, many escape rooms do in fact have chairs inside so at least a couple of people in the group can sit down and strategise or exercise their brain to overcome a certain challenge. People with anxiety or claustrophobia may also feel more comfortable sitting down to stop themselves from pacing or encourage calm contemplation, so if your escape room doesn’t have seating, it’s highly advised that you ask for a chair before you enter.

What Should I Look for First in an Escape Room?

Are Escape Rooms Ok for People with Anxiety?

The most common misconception regarding escape rooms is that you’re locked inside a small room, unable to leave until you find all the clues to unlock the door or run out of time. This isn’t true. We like people to believe that they’re locked in because it increases the stakes, adding to the pressure and enhancing people’s experiences of escape rooms. However, people with anxiety or claustrophobia understandably need reassurance that they can leave at any time – and this is true.

For safety reasons, players are not actually locked in most escape rooms, and those that do lock the door have an emergency button located inside for players to press if they need to leave urgently. People with severe anxiety or claustrophobia can also ask the games master overseeing their performance to leave the door ajar if it makes them more comfortable. Escape rooms are designed to be fun, so if the thought of being trapped in a room makes you uncomfortable, staff will do their best to make sure you have an enjoyable experience.

Are Escape Rooms Good for You?

Since some escape rooms can be very challenging and the idea of being locked in a room with only your brain (and games master) to let you out can be daunting to many people, it’s understandable to wonder why people take part in escape rooms at all. The obvious answer is that they’re great fun, but what many people don’t know is that escape rooms are good for you too!

Escape rooms have many benefits, regardless of what kind of group you’re participating with, but most importantly they improve your teamwork, and mental health.


As anybody that’s ever had a job interview will know, being able to work as part of a team is an important skill to possess. But being a good team player actually comprises several separate skills:

  • Communication
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership

Communication is possibly the most important of these skills, as you need to be able to clearly express your ideas and carefully listen to others for the rest of your team to respect you and appreciate what you have to say. This is ever important in an escape room as you need to be talking to each other – and listening! – to share what you’ve found and spot patterns that might give way to other clues.

For escape rooms, you also need to appreciate the role that leaders play within a team. A group of people with good ideas and problem-solving skills is excellent, but if participants are waiting to be delegated a task, or everyone is thinking and working in different ways, having someone take on leadership in the necessary moments is crucial for success.

Are Escape Rooms Good for You?

Mental Health

Surprisingly, participating in escape rooms, whether we complete them in time or not, is very good for us and our brains.

Overcoming challenges, regardless of how big or small, causes our brains to release dopamine into our bloodstream which elevates our mood. Dopamine is known as a “happy hormone” as it makes us feel better, especially after vigorous activity or stress, which is one reason why doctors recommend exercise to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. But solving puzzles also causes dopamine release, making people feel the satisfaction of using their critical thinking skills and finding the answer.

Escape rooms can be great for people with anxiety and claustrophobia in particular, as many people with anxiety feel they simply can’t complete tasks which causes them to step away from challenges, which in turn causes more anxiety. Having fun puzzles to solve, especially as a small group of friends or family, can help people overcome problems and feel more confident in themselves and their abilities, which can alleviate symptoms of anxiety as well as distract people with claustrophobia from their surroundings.

Exercising these critical thinking skills and utilising our short-term memory in the way that’s needed to be successful in escape rooms is also healthy as it keeps crucial segments of our brain working as we age and start to lose our memories. Regularly solving puzzles works out your fine motor skills, helping you with your day-to-day problems as well as reducing certain symptoms of dementia.

Ready to Escape?

At Escape Now, we have three themed rooms at varying levels of difficulty:

  • Sherlock’s Secret – Difficult
  • Haunted Hollow – Medium difficulty
  • The Getaway – Medium difficulty

Each room is created to intrigue and challenge participants, but if you’ve never done an escape room before, don’t start out with a very difficult one. Each of our games masters is ready to help point you in the right direction or let you out at any point you start to feel uncomfortable.

Think you’ve got what it takes to escape? Book your escape room experience now!

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