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 $150. You will need at least eight feet of height and width (and four feet 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 3/4″ Plywood
- 1 1′ by 8′ strip of plywood for the top part
- 12 2’x4’x104-5/8″ Studs
- 1 Box of 2″ Drywall Screws
- 1 Box of 1.25″ Drywall Screws
- 1 Box of 3″ 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 (3″ Angle)
- 8 2×4 Joist hangers
You’ll also need an electric drill with both a Phillips head bit and a 7/16″ wood boring bit, a 3/8″ hex wrench, a tape measure, a protractor, and a saw. Make sure to test the wall with caution after you finish building, since it’ll 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