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How Indoor Waterfalls are Created

Posted by Candace Osmond on

I am sure that we are all familiar with the idea of indoor waterfalls. We have seen them in our homes, in public buildings, and in office spaces. Some of these waterfalls are so beautiful and intricate that it is difficult to look away. Most indoor waterfalls are tailored to mimic the natural look of a real waterfall. The flowing water rushing down a slope of rocks is recreated for us to admire from the indoors. However, to some of us, it still remains unclear as to how indoor waterfalls are created. How are the materials utilized so they resemble the real thing? Surprisingly, you can create a beautiful waterfall from home! We will be talking about the construction of indoor waterfalls and examples of notable indoor waterfalls in the article below!

Filtration systems

If you are considering adding water life to your indoor waterfall, you will need to do some research on proper filtration systems to sustain them. Having a pump with a good filter is important if you have fish in your waterfall, because it will be healthier for them. As well, it is easier for you to clean the waterfall when it comes time for that. If you just want a regular waterfall, you do not necessarily need to incorporate a filtration system in the water pump.


You can choose whatever sized basin that you would like. If you want to have a larger waterfall, you will likely have a larger flow of water. The flow of water will also determine how much water you need in the waterfall to maintain it at all times. This means that you will need a larger basin to contain the water.

Pond liner

You will need to line the bottom of the basin with pond liner. Outdoor pond liner may work best, as it is very durable. Pond liner can be commonly found in most home improvement or gardening stores. This plastic material should be waterproof to keep everything nice and dry.


As for the sculpture portion of the waterfall, there are a variety of ways that you could create it. Depending on how large of a waterfall that you want, you could use different materials for the sculpture. A material called polystyrene (styrofoam) can be wrapped around the sculpture for the outside layer. A particular material called foam coat can be used to give the sculpture more strength. This material is popular because it is not prone to cracking. It is also slightly easier to manipulate and sculpt.


For this stage, you could use a painting or a real waterfall for inspiration. This is the important step because this is when you showcase the realistic effect of your waterfall. You can use acrylic paint to recreate the exact look of natural stones. After you have finished painting, you will need a sealant to ensure that everything will remain dry.

Notable indoor waterfalls

These do-it-yourself indoor waterfalls are great for people who just want to spruce up their homes a bit. They are fairly straightforward to construct, and can be made quite inexpensively. The value that the waterfalls add to the home is well worth the time and money it takes to create them. However, there are many people who went above and beyond the expectation while designing an indoor waterfall. They wanted to make them on a large scale, and add extra touches to the. 

For instance, the world’s largest indoor waterfall can be found in downtown Detroit. It is the current largest in the world, but will move down to second place once the Rain Vortex is finished being built in Singapore. It is located in a building call the One Camps Martius. This waterfall is 14-stories tall. The water flows down through many floors before it reaches its destination; the ground-level basin. This grand scale waterfall is not only very large, it is also quite beautiful to behold. There is a lot of natural light which comes streaming in through the coloured glass walls and the ceiling. The water reflects the light, and it becomes a picturesque view.

As previously mentioned, the Rain Vortex is set to become the largest indoor waterfall in the entire world. It is being built in the Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore. The plan for this waterfall is for it to be 10-stories tall, and 130 feet in height. The airport terminal is set to open in 2018, with construction of the waterfall to be finished. This waterfall is particularly notable, because it will be surrounded by trees and plants. It is meant to give people the sense of nature and serenity. It the nighttime, there will be a beautiful light show from the waterfall. Colourful lights and music will add to the effect of the water flow. The thought behind constructing this waterfall in an airport terminal was so that passengers will be amused while they wait for their flights to come in. This mesmerizing scene is expected to keep them entranced for at least a short while.

Indoor waterfalls are beautiful works of art. If you purchase one, or make one yourself, it is still going to make your home classier. Indoor waterfalls give you a soothing sense of relaxation. The flowing water echoing through the room can install a feeling of calmness in your mind. If you do not want to spend a lot of money on an indoor fountain, don’t worry about it. You can still have one, all you need to do is put a little bit of effort into creating your own. In the end, you might even find that this is a better method. After all, you get to customize your waterfall to your exact preference, and not worry that it will not fit the space in your home. Your waterfall might not end up looking like the ones in Detroit or Singapore, but it will be a creation that you can fully be proud of.