It’s Week 8 of the One Room Challenge, which means this DIY indoor climbing wall is the final component of this room makeover. This room has seen such a transformation over 8 weeks, to see how the room turned out and tutorials for each component, check out the Game Room Makeover here.
Build a DIY Indoor Climbing Wall
Building a climbing wall is easy! This is a great beginner project and only requires a few tools. Plus, it’s one that kids *and adults* will love. I’ll admit that I’ve climbed to the ceiling a few times, to test it of course.
I wanted a climbing wall as the final touch to this room to give it that extra touch of fun. I had an empty piece of wall next to the DIY built in shelving that I made was tucked away from the rest of the room. It just begged for a fun feature like this!
What you need to build an indoor rock wall
- 2×3 boards (cut to length of your rock wall)
- 3/4″ plywood (cut to the size of your wall)
- 3″ construction screws
- stud finder
- climbing holds
- miter saw/circular saw
How to make the rock wall
Determine the size of your rock wall. Mine was 2′ wide by 8′ tall, so I was able to buy two 2’x4′ plywood sheets to stack for this project.
Cut the 2″x3″ studs so that they can run across the width of the rock wall, and enough to space them 16″ apart for the entire height of the rock wall.
For this wall, I did six 2″x3″s spaced 16″ apart for the height of the rock wall.
Once cut to size, use 3″ construction screws to attach the 2″x3″s horizontally into the studs. This will look like a ladder when complete.
Assemble the rock wall by drilling holes where the climbing holds will be, and using the mounting hardware to attach the holds to the wall.
When determining the spacing of the climbing holds, do not place any holds where the plywood will meet the 2″x3″ brackets behind the wall.
Once the plywood wall is complete with the climbing holds, attach the rock wall to the 2″x 3″s on the wall with the construction screws.
The rock wall is complete!
I chose to spray paint the climbing holds with white spray paint and textured stone spray because I didn’t want the colorful climbing holds. I also painted the plywood, but you can choose to leave it natural or paint it whatever theme you like!
This DIY indoor climbing wall is one that my kids really enjoy, and it has provided the perfect final touch to this fun, kids game room.
CHECK OUT ALL OF THE POSTS IN THIS SERIES FOR PROGRESS
- Week 1: Game Room Makeover Plans and Mood Board
- Week 2: Make a Faux Brick Wall
- Week 3: DIY Built in Gaming Console from Stock Cabinets
- Week 4: DIY Faux Marble Countertop with Epoxy
- Week 5: DIY Picture Frame Shelves
- Week 6: DIY Neon LED Light Sign
- Week 7: DIY Couch with Stool Seating
- Week 8: DIY Indoor Climbing Wall (current post)
- Final Game Room Reveal