How to Build a DIY Climbing Wall for Tireless Kids

Child climbing a rock wall
The long, chilly months can be tough on parents of young children who get bored and restless easily, especially for stay-at-home moms. While spring is officially here, the weather is not always cooperative and the kids may be getting a little stir-crazy from spending so much time indoors over the past several months! When the kids get antsy, their excess energy can leave YOU climbing the walls! What's a parent to do when the great outdoors isn't quite an option yet and the kids are bored to tears? Build a DIY rock climbing wall! It's a straightforward project and if you have some time on your hands, this could be fun for everyone – even you!

What do you need to build a DIY climbing wall?

The list of things you need for this easy project is fairly short, and if you already have the tools, the materials can likely be purchased for less than $150. Here's what you'll need:

  • Plywood (8 x 4 sheet)
  • Wall anchors (lag bolts)
  • Climbing holds
  • Padding (foam floor mats, mattress topper, anything to "cushion" in case of a fall)
  • Drill
  • Nut drivers

Building a DIY rock climbing wall is possible, even if you're not usually someone who attempts a project yourself! The kids will have a blast, and you'll take pride in the fact you built something yourself that provides them with endless hours of fun and enjoyment. Now, let the fun begin!

DIY Climbing Wall Tips

A 35-pack of climbing holds can be purchased for less than $100. Once you've got all your supplies ready, follow these steps:

1. Fasten 32 of the climbing holds to an 8’ x 4’ sheet of plywood.

2. Fasten one hold per square foot of plywood or wall space.

3. After the climbing holds are securely attached to the plywood, anchor the plywood into wall studs using wall anchors drilled directly into the studs for solid support.

4. You can make your rock climbing wall more attractive by adding a coat of textured paint.

5. Finish the adventure by adding a bell at the top of the climbing wall so kids can celebrate their triumph as they reach the top!

Safety Note: Wall anchors are available for a variety of needs and include self-tapping screw anchors, however, lag bolts work best for securing a wall stud.

Early spring is unpredictable and several cold or rainy days may limit outdoor playing time for the next month or two! This project can be a perfect remedy for "cabin fever" This unique option gives kids a physical way to work off all that excess energy! Mr. Handyman, a Neighborly company, has professional technicians who are experts at residential and commercial repair, maintenance, and improvement projects and we also offer lots of great DIY tips and ideas to help inspire your own, cool projects! If you need our help, request service from Mr. Handyman near you or call.