How To Build a Backyard Climbing Rock Wall For Kids In 8 Steps

Get all of our advice on how to build a backyard climbing rock wall for kids. This DIY outdoor project is a big hit with our kids!

Again, we are safe at home and trying to figure out how to stay sane while making sure our kids are healthy and doing well.

We knew we needed to create our own outside play set with a DIY climbing wall as soon as we realized we wouldn’t be allowed to go to a public playground.


Considerations When Build a Backyard Climbing Rock Wall

  • How tall would our rock wall be?
  • Should it only be vertical? Or do you have a slant?
  • What kinds of holdings should we buy?
  • Think about safety precautions for your environment (whether it’s an outdoor or indoor climbing wall).
  • What materials are appropriate for outdoor use?

Recommended Materials

  • We required 4) 2′′ x 4′′ x 16′ (We required 4)
  • Holds Rope Rock Climbing Wall
  • Deck screws made of stainless steel (make sure you order deck screws that are meant for outdoor use)
  • Circular Saw
  • Sawhorses
  • Power Drilling

Because the standard-sized anchors that came with these rock holds were insufficiently long, we did not utilize them. They were 1.25″ long, and the rock hold was too thick for a 24. Screws were used to secure these climbing rock wall holds.

Buying Climbing Rock Handles

We chose these rock wall grips for kids since they could be supplied quickly, were highly recommended, and were reasonably priced. We reasoned that we could test them out and return them if they didn’t function well. Not to mention that this kit included a really solid climbing rope, which we fastened to the play set.

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These rock wall holds were also fairly simple to put up. My husband was able to incorporate them into his rock wall structure in under 30 minutes. We love it when DIY projects don’t take forever!

The Drawbacks of Rock Holds

The two greatest disadvantages of these rock wall holds are their small size and the fact that we had to use our own screws to secure them to the 2 x 4s.

My husband wishes they were a little bigger, but our kids seem to enjoy using them. He secretly wishes he could build his own rock wall, but these are too small for his hands.

How To Build a Backyard Climbing Rock Wall For Kids

As previously indicated, our rock wall is connected to our playset. Depending on where you put your do-it-yourself rock wall, you may need to build a bigger structure to hold it up.

At first, my husband planned to build a completely vertical wall. Fortunately, he knew that young children would require an angle to fully climb the wall. The angle of the wall made it much easier for our youngsters to climb up.

Step-by-Step Tutorial

  1. Our initial “landing” is 5 feet above the ground. If you wish to calculate your climbing angle, apply the Pythagorean Theorem (a) to determine how far your base is from the side. To get the climbing angle you desire, draw a triangle and do the arithmetic.
  2. Cut two 2 x 4 boards to the size you want for the hypotenuse, or angled part of the climb.
  3. We spaced our diagonal hypotenuse boards 42″ apart to create a 42″ wide DIY climbing rock wall.
  4. Cut 2 x 4 boards to the necessary width (again, 42″ apart for us). The number of 2 x 4s you use will be determined by the amount of space you desire between the boards.
  5. Cut extra 2 x 4s to make your children’s climbing rock wall. Our modest gaps between boards are around 1.5 to 2 inches apart. 
    If the rock wall grips are spaced widely apart, it will act more like a ladder (in addition to the rock wall handholds). If you’re simply interested in the rock wall, attempt to get the planks as close together as possible.
  6. Screw all of the cut rock wall 2 x 4s boards to the two angled 2 x 4s.
  7. On the boards, draw a grid and place one rock hand hole every 10 to 12 inches along the grid.
  8. Drill pre-drilled holes in the locations where the holds will be installed.Drill and install rock holds in specified locations. To assist us in spacing out the climbing grips, we adopted a grid layout.
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How to Arrange Holds

We measured across to place the rock wall, as shown in this picture. We reasoned that these lengths would allow two children to climb up at the same time if they so desired. Our wall holds are around 10-12 inches apart and have been shown to be effective for even our youngest child.

Additional Safety Measures

First and foremost, we are not responsible for the design of our or your playset. When building a DIY playset for your children, always follow all local regulations.

We simply enjoy sharing what we do for educational purposes. We thought it was important to put up some safety measures to make sure our kids were safe.

Our rock wall is 5 feet off the ground because that is the maximum height of the slide we ordered. When I went to the link, our 5-foot slide was not an option, so I linked to the 4-foot version we had.

We did make one mistake when designing our rock wall. The slide, rock wall, and ladder were all placed on one side. This made it a little less safe, so we put a pressure-treated 2×4 across the top to fix it.

Install a Top Safety Rail

We had safety railings all over the place, and we realized we needed something to keep youngsters from falling from the platform. The bar is high enough that the kids can still duck beneath it. Once we see how our kids use the playset safely, we might put another one right below it.

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If we were to redesign this, we would most likely place the ladder, climbing wall, and slide on opposite sides so that we could have more full rails with fewer spaces.

I hope my tutorial on how to build a backyard climbing rock wall for kids was helpful. Check out these backyard playground ideas if you need more inspiration for creating a lovely and engaging playground for your children. Also read how to make colorful tree stumps in the backyard.