Although neither of our boys asked for a climbing wall for Christmas, Santa surprised them with one Christmas morning!
The idea of an indoor climbing wall came about when I was trying to figure out what to get our soon to be 3 year old for his birthday. The boy loves to climb–chain link fences, retaining walls, kitchen drawers! Unfortunately, the idea came a little late to make a reality for his birthday so we decided to save the project for Christmas. Neither my husband or I are climbers, so I spent some time learning about the parts we’d need, reading how to put it together, and finally ordering the parts the beginning of December. The actual construction of it was left to my husband. And in true fashion he waited until Christmas Eve day to pick up the missing piece (a sheet of 3/4″ plywood) and put it all together.
While I kept the boys out of the house on Christmas Eve, the husband got busy putting it all together. I begged him to take picture of the process so I could share with you, so here they are–compliments of his iPhone.
There are a few options when it comes to the type of wall and holds to use. We decided to go with the bolt on holds because you can rearrange them from the front of the wall, where the screw on type have to be changed from the back. All of our supplies–the holds, t-nuts and bolts were ordered through Atomik Climbing.
We decided to install the climbing wall in the toy room–which is possibly the worlds smallest room (really I’ve had closets bigger) which I am really excited to finish and reveal later!
Step 1: Cut plywood to size. They come in 4×8′ sheets, but we knew that in order to get it down the stairs and into the room it could only be 7′ tall.
Step 2: Use a chalk line to mark where to drill the holes. We spaced them 6-8″ apart.
Step 3: Drill the holes.
Step 5: Install the wall and bolt on the holds! He added wood spacers behind the climbing wall for added support, and to give enough room for the bolts to poke through on the other side.
We’re already glad we went with the bolt on holds, because our little guys’ reaches were a lot shorter than we thought and we ended up moving all the holds closer together Christmas day.
Our boys have had fun climbing on it, although after a few times up and down they say they get tired–music to this mom’s ears! Here’s a video of my 3 year old climbing it Christmas Day. He’s quite a bit quicker now and ready for the holds to be rearranged and wondering if we can make it taller–what a little mountain goat!