Rage room

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A rage room, also known as a smash room or anger room, is a business where people can vent their rage by destroying objects within a room.[1][2]

Rage rooms may consist of fake living rooms and kitchens with replicas of furnishings and objects such as televisions and desks. The company may allow clients to bring their own possessions to destroy.[3]

The first rage rooms to open were likely in Japan in 2008 or earlier.[4][5][6] The concept spread to other countries, such as Serbia, England, and Argentina. Today, there are hundreds of rage rooms in cities in the United States such as Denver, Huntsville, Tucson, Austin, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Charleston, Rochester, Hampton, Eugene, Charlotte, Ogden and American Fork.[2]


In January 2017, a study led by Michael Stevens on rage rooms showed that they are not effective in controlling anger, and in some cases, may actually make participants more angry.[7]

In an article published in July 2019, John Huber, a clinical forensic psychologist, said about rage rooms: "Therapy is very beneficial all the way around. I think this is a stopgap. I think if you use it in conjunction with therapy this would be great."[8]

In February 2021, Colline di tristezza, an anonymous Italian artist, proposed to set up rage rooms and crying rooms in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools to decrease the risk of Burnout felt by staff. [9]


Safety is paramount when operating a rage room business. While rage rooms provide a safe space for destroying items, there are always obvious risks involved with sessions, including slipping and falling, flying debris from items being smashed, and emotional injury. Because of this, all rage room establishments have required participants to wear safety gear, and sign a liability waiver.[10] Also, to prevent liability lawsuits and to satisfy insurance requirements, participants usually have to be at least 18 years old (18 if using the room alone, or 13 if accompanied by a responsible adult, who must sign the waiver on the child's behalf; minimum age limit varies by location), due to the dangers involved, any pregnant women, intoxicated, injured or sick persons are usually forbidden.[11]


  1. ^ "'Rage Rooms': Where Americans Go to Take Out Their Frustrations".
  2. ^ a b "Rage rooms: Why recreational smashing could be good for your mental health".
  3. ^ "Stressed Out? Enter the 'Anger Room'". ABC News. 10 May 2012.
  4. ^ "A Look Inside 'Rage Rooms,' Where You De-Stress by Smashing Things". VICE. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  5. ^ "Stressed Japanese workers smash plates to ease recession blues". Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  6. ^ "All The Rage: Scream and Anger Rooms Are Boiling Up Around The World". forbes.com. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  7. ^ Stevens, Michael (January 25, 2017). "Destruction". Mind Field. Season 1. Episode 3.
  8. ^ "New Kyle Business offers Rage Relief". July 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "E se in Italia creassimo delle apposite rage room in ospedali e scuole?". February 4, 2021.
  10. ^ "An Expert Weighs in on Whether Rage Rooms Are Really a Good Way to Relieve Stress". asweatlife.com. November 1, 2019. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
  11. ^ "Demolition Zone". demolitionzone.net. Retrieved January 20, 2021.