Building Home Climbing Wall

Home Climbing Wall

I’ve always like the idea of having a home climbing/bouldering wall and since we got this place i always said that an old bar nook would be a good place for one. I took the old bar out not long after we moved in when i built the new one and the nook has just been a junk storage place since.

Wall phase 1

Rather than going the whole hog and building in one go i did it in phases to decide if i was going to use it and it worked ok. Phase 1 was just a straight side wall just screwing the plywood into the existing studs + a few extra noggins that i added. The width was awkwardly wider that the width of a ply sheet and higher than a sheet so i had a few small off-cuts to fill in the top after adding some extra stud work.

Wall phase 1

I used this a few times a week it was good to have and certainly build up some old climbing strength and remembered some techniques. As we went into yet another lockdown and Michelle told me i should aim to do the next phases before the New Year i figured that i may as well crack on with it.

I used this a few times a week it was good to have and certainly build up some old climbing strength and remembered some techniques. As we went into yet another lockdown and Michelle told me i should aim to do the next phases before the New Year i figured that i may as well crack on with it.

Wall phase 2

I eventually managing to get hold of some timber, I had to resort to treated timber for the studs as there is a shortage in Australia at the moment. The next phases were to add an overhang and add the left wall too. After stripping the old wood off the wall i added some horizontal beams into where the bottom of the overhang would be. I could then cut the beams for the overhang, these were shaped to fit around the horizontals and into the ceiling joists that run perpendicular. After that i added a few noggins and plates to attach to the existing ceiling joints and wall studs.

Wall phase 2

The next step was cutting the plywood panels to size and marking up with the positions of the timber behind so i could drill the holes for the t-nuts in the right place at ~200mm spacing. I also drilled and countersunk pilot holes for the screws to hold the panel in place also at 200mm spacing. I also added a few noggins between the ceiling joists and attached a ceiling piece.

Wall phase 3

The right hand wall is a brick wall so i decided to attach studs using masonry screws which was a massive pain as it is super hard brick! I added the studs on top of the plasterboard so the studs can be removed and the wall re-plastered if the wall is taken down i the future. I cut the sheets and attached them to these studs again at 200mm screw spacing.

The holds i have been buying when i have found deals online, i’ll probably need some more going forwards so will keep an eye out for deals. Now i just have to get my strength and technique back up, i was quite surprised how much upper body strength i have lost. I’ve probably switched upper body strength for lower body strength with all the cycling!

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