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Climbing wall for the home. It's easy to do yourself
We are constantly trying to find the best and most interesting products on the market, so that we can offer you tailor-made solutions and make it as easy as possible to establish a climbing wall in your home, daycare center or institution. Before choosing one of our assemblies, measure how large the climbing wall should be. For climbing walls for children, we recommend a maximum height of 2.5 meters. If you want a price for mounting the climbing wall, we will be happy to make a non-binding offer for you. You are always welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about building your own climbing wall.
Before you build your own climbing wall
When building your own climbing wall, first research:
- Height and width of the wall. Do not build the climbing wall higher than 250 cm
- Whether the climbing holds should be mounted directly on the wall, or on a wooden board
- What type of wall it should be mounted on (brick, concrete, plaster, wood).
- Who should use the climbing wall (child, young, adult, beginner, practiced or experienced).
If you have the answers to these points, you can easily start finding boards and everything needed for mounting climbing holds.
Which boards should you choose for your climbing wall?
If you want to make your own climbing boards, you will need 15 mm or 21 mm plywood boards, which can be bought in various DIY stores. The plates are raw and typically measure 125 x 250 cm (approx. 3 sqm). In addition, you need paint and t-nuts (approx. 30 per / sqm)
You can also buy ready-made climbing board modules at Gubbies. They are ready to use and extremely easy to work with. So it's easy for you to build your own climbing wall. The boards are made specifically for making climbing walls, and some of Europe's most skilled wall builders have developed them.
So by choosing ready-made climbing boards, you get a quality product where safety is top notch!
The climbing boards are made of 15 mm furniture qualitybirch plywood (11 layers), and they measure 124.5 x 83 cm (corresponding to approx. 1 sqm). With that format, you can build climbing walls in all sizes, and they can be handled by one person.
Surface treated with durable paint and quartz sand, so that the boards have a perfect friction surface.
On the climbing boards, t-nuts have been installed on the back (30 pcs. / Sqm). The t-nuts we use are machine-mounted. The bushings are stronger, and there is no risk of pushing out the impact bushings if you screw in a climbing hold at an angle.
Bonus info: the birch tree is a fast-growing tree species that is continuously replanted in our neighboring countries (Baltics, Finland and Russia). The utilization of this type of wood thus constitutes a minimal burden on the environment.
How many climbing grips should you put per. square meters?
We recommend that you for children between 2 and 10 years put up 8 to 10 climbing holds per. Square meters on your climbing wall. For older children and adults, use between 6 and 8 climbing holds per. square meters.
Which climbing holds should you choose?
If you are in doubt about what kind of climbing holds to choose, here is a brief description of what you can find here on the webshop.
Jugs are cup-shaped climbing holds that can be held with the whole hand. It provides a good grip and feels safe when moving your hands from one hold to another. Jug climbing holds are super suitable for beginners and for children.
Pinches are climbing holds that you have to squeeze to hold. It takes a little technique to grip the holds. Pinches can vary in size from small holds you have to squeeze with your thumb and index finger to larger holds that fill the entire palm.
Pocket climbing holds only have room for a finger or two. The small pockets place great demands on finger strength and technique, and they are not recommended for beginners. Some pocket climbing holds have two pockets so they can be gripped with two hands.
Slopers are large climbing holds that must be held with the palm of your hand open. There are no pockets or recesses that the fingers can hold. Sloper climbing holds must only be held by the friction between the hold and the palm. Slopers are quite advanced climbing holds and require a lot of experience in climbing.
Crimps are very small climbing holds that are held with an almost closed hand and the fingertips pointing downwards. Crimps are tough !!
Footholds are climbing holds designed for the feet. They can be like small strips where there is only room for the tip of the toe, or they can be larger and more round and require more contact between the foot and the climbing grip.
Mix packs are climbing hold packs with a mix of the different climbing hold types. They are available in packs of 15 to 50 climbing holds.
Climbing holds for children are large or small climbing holds designed for children. For example, we have packages with different colors, climbing holds shaped like letters, numbers or figures.
Screw Ons are climbing holds that are mounted with wood screws. Screw Ons are available in different sizes and types.
Bridges are large bridges that are used in the ceiling of a climbing wall and overhangs. Bridges can be grabbed with the whole hand.
What about fall surfaces and safety?
Climbing facilities in public places must comply with the playground regulations' requirements for safety and fall surfaces. There is no requirement for this in private homes, but we recommend the following to you who want to build a climbing wall at home.
Do not build a climbing wall higher than 2.5 meters unless you use safety equipment in the form of a climbing harness and rope.
To ensure quality and increase safety, we recommend that you use climbing boards. Safety distance of 2.5 meters from the climbing wall, where there must be no radiator or furniture.
Always have a mattress lying under the climbing wall that you can jump down and land softly on. We have a folding mat suitable for the purpose.
Bolts, Screws, and T-nuts for the Climbing Wall
In our DIY category, you will find mainly M10 bolts. They are available both as galvanized and stainless steel, and in sizes from 20 mm to 120 mm. If your climbing holds are mounted on a wooden board, be sure to buy T-nuts, which you will also find in this category. If, on the other hand, you have to mount your climbing holds on a concrete or brick wall, you should choose brass or concrete anchors.
Tools for Building and Maintaining Climbing Walls
In order for the climbing wall to remain exciting, it is a good idea to continuously change the climbing routes, mount new volumes/macros and change it over time. You will need new challenges over time. We have therefore added all the tools you need to this category. T-keys for screwing climbing grips with. Bits in the right sizes, thorns, etc. All the tools that are handy to have close to the climbing wall.
Fixing of a Climbing Wall
Here you will also find everything you need to get climbing holds stuck to a wooden board, concrete wall or brick wall. We also have experience with other materials and know a lot of creative techniques and opportunities. If you have a challenge regarding the wall type, wich fastener to buy or how to do fixing please don't hesitate to reach out.
If you want to know more, you can find all the information you need to build your own climbing wall on our Do-it-yourself climbing wall” FAQ.
You can also send us an email at email@example.com with your wishes and needs for a climbing wall. Then we make an offer for you - all inclusive and ready for installation!