Make your kids' dreams a reality with this fun indoor climbing wall.

By Melissa Bahen
December 14, 2017
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When my husband and I decided to finish the basement playroom in time for Christmas morning, we discovered that we had completely different visions for the playroom. I wanted a wall of cubbies (a place for everything, and everything in its place!) and a cute art table, and he wanted monkey bars and a kid-sized climbing wall! The room ended up being a beautiful compromise: I got my cubbies and he got his climbing wall. You can find great inspiration all over the Internet for cool DIY climbing walls.

My husband put ours together in a single afternoon in a little over two hours. Some of the materials (3/4-inch plywood, a couple of 2×4s, and the bolts that anchor it to the wall)  came from the hardware store, and all of the climbing holds came from Atomik Climbing Holds and included all of the mounting hardware. The kids started scrambling up and down the wall before my husband was even finished bolting on the holds. They really love it, and it adds a fun pop of color to one end of the playroom. Check out my blog, Lulu the Baker, for more inspiration.

What You Need

  • 3/4-inch plywood
  • Pencil
  • Drill and bits
  • T-Nuts 
  • Hammer
  • 2x4's
  • Stud finder
  • Level
  • 6-inch lag bolts
  • 2 1/2-inch lag bolts
  • Climbing holds

Step 1: Mark and Drill Holes

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Mark and drill holes on the plywood, being sure to space holes at semi-even intervals. We used a penciled-on grid to drill alternating rows of two and three. 

Step 2: Add T-Nuts

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Pound in T-nuts from the back of each drilled hole.

Step 3: Attach 2x4s

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Screw some 2×4s into the studs with 6-inch lag bolts. Use a stud finder to ensure you're screwing the wood into wall studs, and check for level. 

Step 4: Mount and Add Holds

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Screw the plywood into the 2×4s with 2 1/2-inch lag bolts. Then attach the climbing holds to the T-Nuts.


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