Build A DIY Rock Climbing Wall In Your Home Or Back Yard

Build A DIY Rock Climbing Wall In Your Home Or Back Yard

Exercise is good for you. Nobody can argue with that statement, and the benefits that you reap are down to the form of exercise that you choose to practice. For example, strength training will make you stronger (as you would expect) while running a marathon will usually improve your endurance.

When it comes to rock climbing, you will find that there are countless benefits to be gained from it because of how versatile a form of exercise it is. Rock climbing manages to work out your whole body, so it makes sense that it will be able to improve your health much more broadly than other kinds of exercise.

Of course, the one problem with rock climbing is that you can’t just do it anywhere; you need a dedicated course to be able to enjoy rock climbing safely

However, there is a solution to being unable to rock climb at home, and it consists of making a DIY rock climbing wall somewhere in your home.

You may think that it sounds unrealistic to make your own climbing wall, but you will find that it is much easier to do so than you would expect.

Before we get into the details of how you can create a rock climbing wall out of a few raw materials, let’s go over the benefits of installing one of them.

DIY climbing wall.

Why Is A DIY Rock Climbing Wall Such A Great Choice?

There are many benefits to a rock climbing wall DIY, and we'll just go over a few of them in this section. First off, having a rock climbing wall at home means that everyone in your house can scratch their climbing itch whenever they please, which is not a luxury that is available to many families.

Another advantage is that you can save on pricey fees when you plan on going rock climbing for a short while, as many venues will have a relatively high cost even for shorter climbs. While your DIY rock climbing wall likely won’t beat a professional indoor one, it is a great choice for those quick climbs.

If you are making a DIY kids rock climbing wall, then you will also find that creating the wall presents an excellent opportunity to have some fun with your children. If you want, have your kids help you with the construction process of the wall, but always ensure that they are old enough for the task.

In the end, building your home rock climbing wall is a task that is both rewarding and worth the effort in the long run. Enough about what you’ll gain from creating one of these walls and onto the process itself, however.

How To Make Your Own Rock Climbing Wall

There are a few different things you’ll have to consider before you build a rock climbing wall, such as the materials you will need and the process, and we’ll be covering everything.

A drill on plywood.

Rock Climbing Wall Materials

  • However much ¾-inch plywood you will need for your project - measure it out.
  • Extra ¾-inch plywood
  • 12 T-nuts per square foot of plywood you purchased
  • Wood glue
  • Wood screws
  • Climbing holds
  • Drill

Making a Rock Climbing Wall

  • The first thing you’ll want to do is drill holes in your plywood board. You can choose the right spacing for your climbing style, but drilling a larger number of holes means that you will be able to swap out handholds whenever you want to. We would recommend a spacing of around 3 inches between the columns and rows of holes.
  • Once you have drilled your holes, you will want to insert the T-nuts into the board. Ensure that they are all set tightly into the wood so that your handholds won’t end up getting loose when you climb.
  • Use your extra plywood to create spacers on the back of the board from which it can be mounted to the wall. These spacers will ensure that the handholds don’t end up damaging your wall.
  • Mount the board to your wall from the spacers.
  • Find the right handholds for your needs, and don’t be afraid of getting a variety of them that you can swap out whenever you feel like.
  • Mount the handholds to the T-nuts in the board and you are finally ready to go.

Ideal Locations

There are many places where you can position your DIY rock climbing wall, though there are two main kinds of areas. The first option is an indoor setting for your wall and the second is positioning outdoors, and your choice will depend on a variety of different factors.

DIY Outdoor Rock Climbing Wall

If you choose to place your rock climbing wall outside, you will have much more pleasant climbs during milder days, but you will have to consider the weather. If you live in a state like California where you can expect sunlight year round, then you won't have too many problems.

However, if rain is more frequent where you live, then you may have some problems with a wall outdoors, and it should light enough to be moved inside at a moment’s notice. Placing your rock climbing wall outdoors allows you to avoid the need for air conditioning as you work out as well.

DIY Indoor Rock Climbing Wall

Should you position your rock climbing wall indoors, you won’t have to worry about the elements getting in the way of your climbs. While you won’t have much of a view, an indoor rock climbing wall can also be supported against an interior wall, meaning that they can be simpler designs.

Indoor DIY climbing wall.

An indoor wall is often the right choice if you want to avoid adverse weather conditions such as rain and snow or if it’s simply too cold outside. One of these walls will allow you to exercise no matter the season.


Building your own rock climbing wall doesn’t have to be a challenge, and we hope that this guide has helped you realize that. Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know how your DIY rock climbing project went.

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