Build Your Own Affordable, Freestanding Climbing Wall

Build Your Own Affordable, Freestanding Climbing Wall

Climbing gyms are great, but often expensive for the facilities they offer. If you've got the space and want to do your climbing workouts at home, try building this freestanding climbing wall in your garage or backyard. Exact costs will vary depending on where you choose to shop, but everything necessary for this project is available at your local hardware store. On Instructables, user mga12 was able to build this wall for about $US150 ($215). You will need at least 2.5m of height and width (and 1.2m of depth) to set the wall, so a large room, garage or a covered outdoor space would be best. Here are the supplies you'll need.

  • 2 Sheets of 20mm Plywood
  • 1 30cm by 2.4m strip of plywood for the top part
  • 12 50mmx101mmx104-16mm Studs
  • 1 Box of 50mm Drywall Screws
  • 1 Box of 30mm Drywall Screws
  • 1 Box of 76mm Drywall Screws
  • 40 Climbing Holds with hardware (aim for 32 per sheet of plywood)
  • 100 Extra T-Nuts to expand your configuration options (optional)
  • 12 Plate connectors
  • 4 90 Degree connectors (76mm Angle)
  • 8 50mmx101mm Joist hangers

You'll also need an electric drill with both a Phillips head bit and a 11mm wood boring bit, a 9mm hex wrench, a tape measure, a protractor and a saw. Make sure to test the wall with caution after you finish building, since it will need to support your whole body weight (and the weight of anyone you allow to use it!) For step by step building instructions, plans and other considerations, hit the link below.

Freestanding Indoor Rock Climbing Wall for $150 [Instructables]

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