Build your own indoor fountain


A room well not only serves to improve the room air, it also looks decorative. In addition, this very light lapping can have a relaxing effect. But the finished room wells, which you have to build yourself, all look the same. Therefore, we want to show you how to build a very individual indoor fountain yourself.

Ideas are needed

There are so many ways to build a room well yourself, there is actually no reason why so many finished wells are sold. In our guide we have listed various materials for decoration, which of course you do not need all. But with a combination of different elements of a self-built fountain is a really nice art object for living room or conservatory.

Build a room well yourself step by step

  • Waterproof big cup / sink
  • Stones / Slate / Copper pipes / Ball
  • Burl wood / knotty small branches
  • Gravel / glass stones / decoration
  • possibly small plants
  • Adjustable well pump
  • tube
  • pond liner
  • clear silicone
  • distilled water
  • drilling machine
  • Stone / wood drill
  • knife

1. dry exercise

Hardly a plan has ever survived the first use in reality. So before you drill a hole in an object through which the well water is to be directed, you should put the whole well together loosely. These questions should you ask yourself?

  • Is the ball or stone, which is the main element, big enough for the shell?
  • Will the element even be slain by the rest of the decoration?
  • Is the element stable or does it wobble at the slightest touch?
  • Do parts of the water-bearing element protrude beyond the edge of the shell?

Drill 2nd hole

You can direct the water like a cascade or a small waterfall over an appropriate stone, but often this is a bit unstable. Better is a main element, from which the water swells out. Your element therefore needs a hole for the hose.

So that it does not break or chips off parts, you should first drill a first hole with a very thin drill without pressure. Depending on how brittle the material is, you should once again pierce with a medium drill before you do the rest with a drill bit in hose thickness.

The hole should not be significantly larger than the hose, because you then have the problem of instability again. Even by the slight pressure of water, the hose can then move. Some things can be attached with silicone, but this rarely lasts forever.

3. Check and line the shell

Many ceramic or clay bowls are not completely waterproof. Check this before use and otherwise dress it with a pond liner. This should reach just below the edge and be well sealed as well.

4. Hide and adjust the pump

First, the pump must move into the room well. It should be behind or under the main element and well hidden. But first it has to be tested how much the water pressure has to be adjusted. After all, they want a room well and not the room as a well.

The hose of the pump is guided through the element, but must not be crushed. It may be necessary to place small spacers (available in flowerpots hardware stores) so that the hose can be guided freely.

5. Decorate and plant

If you want to use plants, they should do without soil. Of course, hydroponics in the room well is ideal. Also epiphytes can be used well, they like the humid air at the well.

No matter what you bring to Deko still in your well, it must be clean on the one hand and on the other hand it must not protrude over the edge. Even better is a distance of at least two centimeters of all objects to the edge of the shell. How to protect yourself from water damage.

Tips & Tricks

Walk through the forest or along the beach. Here you will find many beautiful pieces that enrich your fountain. Knotty pieces of wood or other things that can rot can be covered with epoxy resin. This does not change the look as much as a layer of varnish might and protects both water and the wood structure.


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