Synthetic Ice Rink by KwikRink in a Garage

One of the most daunting challenges of winter sports is having a place to practice. And with the current pandemic, there are capacity restrictions for many public facilities if they aren’t closed completely. You can’t ski just anywhere. There’s no luge run in your neighborhood. Skating on a frozen pond can be risky.  

But what if the ice rink could come to you? That is what KwikRink Synthetic Ice® for the garage is all about. With our residential synthetic ice rink products, you can set up a skating surface right where you live.  

You likely have many possible locations for a synthetic ice rink in or around your home. Of course, a backyard can be a great place to set up a large rink, but it takes more of a permanent commitment because it requires leveling the ground and building a supporting structure.  

A flat section of your driveway can work for a small rink if you can spare the space. Or you can set up a rink on your backyard patio if you don’t mind moving your deck chairs and barbecue grill out of the way.

If you don’t want bad weather to spoil your fun, an unfinished basement may be a good choice for an indoor rink.  If the floor is flat, you can lay synthetic ice tiles right on the concrete. For a permanent installation, you can build a room just for skating. But if any of these options won’t work for you, your garage may be the best solution.

Our Lock-Rink system of either 4′x4′ or 4′×8′ self-lubricating plastic ice panels can turn the concrete floor of your garage into a great little practice rink for the aspiring figure skater or hockey goalie in your household. Contact us for a free quote to get started.

Synthetic Ice in the Garage?

KwikRink synthetic ice in garage

Yes. Your garage! Even a small area can become a suitable hockey training facility or place to practice figure skating basics. Members of the Derlago hockey family turn their garage into a mini ice rink every winter. But you don’t need a frigid Canadian winter to create a synthetic ice skating area in your garage. Here are just some of the benefits.

Whatever the Weather

Someone wearing orange ice skates ice skating

Your garage offers protection from harsh weather conditions.  In winter, you won’t be scraping snow off the rink or enduring bone-chilling winds. And because you can skate during all four seasons on our synthetic ice, you’ll be protected from the summer sun, too.

Plus, you can control the temperature. You can keep your garage either toasty or cool with space heaters or fans. The slippery surface of the synthetic ice won’t be affected. You can comfortably hit the ice day or night, regardless of the outdoor temperature.

No Water, No Problem

Because your garage rink doesn’t need ice, you won’t have to hose it down and wait for it to freeze with the garage door open. The rink is ready to go whenever you lace up your skates. And our synthetic ice surface has about 90% of the glide of real ice. So you’ll never miss the water.

Easy Assembly

A level, concrete garage floor makes a great base.  You won’t need any additional supporting structure for a smooth, flat skating surface. Our easy-to-assemble ice panels fit together like a puzzle directly on the concrete. Less assembly time means more ice time. And you can take it apart just as quickly. 

Park it Here

A garage rink made with KwikRink synthetic ice is a great way to make the most of limited space. You don’t have to kick your car to the curb permanently. When you hang up your skates, you can disassemble the rink. Or you can park your vehicle right on the durable 3/8″ surface. It’s tough enough to take repeated hockey stops as well as the weight of an SUV. Low-maintenance KwikRink home products have a lifespan of 7 to 12 years.

Trick it Out

synthetic ice flooring built into a spare room

Your garage rink can be more than just a slippery surface.  We can add permanent face-off dots, goalie creases, lines, and circles. And you can always flip it over to use the unmarked side. We can help you further customize your rink with dasher boards, protective netting, blade sharpeners, and more.

Nothing Is Permanent Except Change

Because a garage rink does not have to be attached to the walls or the concrete floor, you can quickly uninstall it without leaving a trace. That makes it an excellent option if you rent your home or plan to move in the future.

Peace of Mind

With a garage rink, you’ll know your family is safe at home.  Your kids can practice or play just steps away. And public health experts say that with the COVID-19 pandemic, skill-building at home can be safer than practicing with a team.

Why KwikRink?

KwikRink Synthetic Ice has lead the industry since the mid-1990s. Professional athletes, training facilities, and recreation centers have come to rely on KwikRink for the most realistic artificial ice surface available. You can perform hockey stops or any other maneuvers on our synthetic ice that you can do on natural ice. And if you can put together a jigsaw puzzle, you can set up or tear down our ice panels with ease. You can even start small and add additional panels later.

Find Out if a Garage Rink is Right for You

Rochester ice rink in garage

KwikRink can help you plan your garage synthetic ice rink made with our KwikRink V Home synthetic ice panels. We’ll help plan the space for maximum safety and fun. Just measure your garage’s interior, take a few snapshots, and contact us through our website. We’ll put together a quote and help you get your family skating in your garage in no time!

KwikRink Maple Leafs Custom Training Area

Synthetic ice layouts are extremely important, as each client has different needs. We will touch on “panel loss” vs. exact customization in this blog. KwikRink Synthetic Ice is here and happy to determine our clients’ best route for installing a synthetic ice rink with their goals and budget in mind.

Call us if you have any questions or if you are interested in a free quote on a synthetic ice rink.

KwikRink’s standard synthetic ice sheet has exterior dimensions of 95″ x 48″ (#1 cut), typically yielding 94″ x 47″. This is by design so that the panels can be connected every which way.

Because they are so close to 8′ x 4′, we go by these increments for simplicity. Many of the quote inquiries we get also follow this guideline. The dovetail pattern is 1″ deep, and when connected, this causes the loss of 1″ every 4′ of connection. This phenomenon is called “Panel Loss” or “PL” for short.

Examples of synthetic ice rinks using all #1 cuts:

40′ x 20′ PL = 39’3″ x 19’8″ (25 Panels)

32′ x 16′ PL = 31’5″ x 15’9″ (16 Panels)

24′ x 12′ PL = 23’7 x 11’10” (9 Panels)

When do you choose #1 cuts for synthetic ice?

Kwikrink Synthetic Ice panel

Using the default cut panels is the best bang for your buck when choosing a synthetic ice rink layout. By using the standard cut-style, you will have no charges for custom cutting and no excess scrap materials. You’ll be able to rotate all of the panels in your synthetic ice rink to extend the lifespan, and ultimately, your investment. 

Anything that is custom cut is often locked into that specific spot on the rink, preventing the panels from periodically being rotated. #1 cuts are perfect for synthetic ice rinks that do not need to fill in an exact space (think wall to wall in a specific size room). Outdoor rinks and open areas work the best for rinks with #1 cuts.

When is custom cutting needed?

Customized Indoor Synthetic Ice Hockey Rink

For commercial or residential synthetic ice rinks that need exact dimensions, often, custom cutting is required. It’s not likely that the #1 cuts natural dimensions will not get you there. Exact cuts will likely have to be used when adding customized markings to your ice rink (think: lines, creases, circles, dots, etc.).

KwikRink specializes in custom cut synthetic ice solutions, including rink size, shape, and markings.

Creating custom synthetic ice rinks is what KwikRink does best! Whether you’re looking to fill an entire room, portion of a room, or a uniquely shaped space, we’ve got you covered.

When we say exact customization, what do we mean?

Residential synthetic ice rink with obstacles and exact customization to fit a pole and specific dimensions.

When we say exact, we genuinely mean exact. Suppose your space is 24’6 1/2″ x 15’3 1/4″, KwikRink can do it with world-class precision machining. Often, clients with residential basements interested in adding synthetic ice for home training have pole supports to work around in the area.

We can design a layout with custom cut panels so that the seams of a panel line up at the pole seamlessly. We can create the easiest cut around the pole and a perfectly customized synthetic ice rink for your space.

“Panel Loss” vs. Exact Customization

home indoor ice rink in basement with stone walls and a father and child playing hockey

When it is not necessary to have exact dimensions, “panel loss” is the way to go. This option will get you to 8′ x 4′ multiples minus a few inches each way, depending on how big the rink is. Exact customization is the way to go when you need exact dimensions to fit into a unique space or have a particular design in mind.

Whether you’re looking for a large or outdoor rink with standard #1 cuts or a completely custom rink, KwikRink is here to help.

Contact us, and get a free quote today!


10 Dream Home Rinks

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KwikRink Synthetic Ice practice goal

Hockey nuts will love what this article has to offer. At KwikRink, we have serviced several private residences with their own home-ice advantage. Generally, the client installs a home rink for their kids (or themselves) to have fun and train for hockey.

Others will dedicate an area in the house for shooting pucks in between periods of the game. Some do it simply because they can, and they love hockey. Below are ten ideas for your dream home rink. 

If “you build it, they will come” rings true, you won’t be able to get the kids off of this (or their teammates), so I would recommend investing in convenient feeding strategies like the pizza oven offers. 

Your dream home rink is more doable than you think! Check out these examples of synthetic ice rinks for inspiration on your next project. When you’re ready to learn more, contact us. We’re happy to help.

Basement Rink

A basement ice rink

A basement rink is a great place to send the kids to practice quietly. Keep them entertained for hours without leaving the house with a synthetic ice rink safely installed on the basement level of your home.

Pole Barn Rink

A pole barn rink in Rochester

This hockey family put a home rink in an added on pole barn. Roughly 50′ x 25′ area allows some fun and fast-paced games. 

The high ceiling is an ideal setup for flying pucks!

Backyard Rink

A basketball court coverted into a synthetic ice rink by KwikRink

This converted basketball court backyard rink is one of our favorites. There is nothing like skating in the middle of July surrounded by beautiful trees, is there? We can envision some backyard hockey tournaments complete with a family BBQ. Maybe you can even try a game of synthetic ice HORSE.

Garage Rink

An ice rink in a garage

If you have one garage stall to spare, this area could become a nice little home rink for you. This rink has enough size to improve stick-handling, shooting, and skating agility. Check out our blog on small area games if you aren’t buying it.

Spacious Outdoor Rink

Outdoor ice rink by KwikRink

This synthetic ice rink still fits in with the gorgeous landscaping. Hopefully, you’re willing to share this dream rink with the neighborhood kids!

Roof Top Ice Rink

A synthetic ice rink on a rooftop

This rooftop ice rink has stunning views. Enjoy the city skyline and have a fun skate in the cold or warm weather.

NHL Themed Rink

An indoor ice rink with NHL logos

This synthetic ice rink is an ode to the NHL featuring logos of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, and the Pittsburg Penguins. Chase your dreams of going pro while you skate on your dream home rink!

Converted Playroom Rink

An indoor syntehtic ice rink in someone's home

Your ice rink doesn’t have to be fancy to be a dream come true! The natural light in this converted room ice rink makes this a great place to skate and train.

Rustic Outdoor Rink

A neighborhood synthetic ice rink

Get the whole neighborhood together with this fenced-in ice rink. The hanging cafe lights make it a dream to skate at nighttime! There’s plenty of room for everybody to skate, and the fences help out the new skaters.

A Rink With High Ceilings

An indoor synthetic ice rink in a room with high ceilings

If you’ve got a room with high ceilings, it is a great place to put a synthetic ice rink! Make your home feel just like your local ice rink with space and tall ceilings!

Create Your Dream Home Rink with KwikRink Synthetic Ice 

indoor home ice rink in a garage or basement with synthetic ice

These home rinks vary in degrees of fancy. But they all have the same usability and require a passion for the game of hockey and other ice sports. Having a home rink allows unlimited ice time and fun. If you get creative enough, you can easily do something like this at your home, and the hockey players of the house will surely be happy.

The first step is to find an available space around your home and then send in an inquiry for a quote and free design ideas. KwikRink is the expert in the synthetic ice industry and has been designing layouts for home rinks and training centers worldwide for the last 20 years.

Editor’s note: This blog was originally published on Sep. 21, 2016, but has been updated for clarity.