Indoor rock climbing is a popular activity for both children and adults. Many sports centers have climbing walls and the growing popularity of this sport makes people install climbing walls in their homes. Until recently, a climbing wall was a feature typical for playgrounds, home gyms or as an element of kids’ bedrooms and playrooms designs. We selected some inspiring ideas to show you how you can construct a climbing wall in your home.
Indoor rock climbing – important consideration and planning the design
Indoor rock climbing walls provide an opportunity to all those who are fans of climbing to improve their skills without leaving their home. Regardless of age, indoor rock climbing gives a lot of emotions and a powerful energy boost and this is the reason why this sport becomes so popular. When you plan to install an indoor climbing wall at home you need to answer a few questions before you start the construction as they are essential for the type, appearance and safety of your wall.
One of the first things you need to determine is where to place an indoor climbing wall? Professional climbing walls are installed in gyms where the height is significant, but you can arrange them in a conventional flat with standard ceiling height. The most popular places for constructing a climbing wall are children’s rooms, bedrooms, garages, cellars and courtyard areas. It is important that you select an area with a height of at least two meters, i.e. – a vertical wall or a wall sloping inwards.
Make sure that the indoor climbing wall will withstand the load. The design and type of wall will be different when it is meant to be used by children and when it is meant to be used by adults. It is best to seek a professional advice for the strength and reliability of the walls where you plan to fix the climbing wall and if necessary, to strengthen them additionally. Consider what type of equipment you will need for the indoor climbing wall with reference to who will use it – children or adults.
It is advisable to hire a company specialized in constructing indoor climbing walls but many homeowners opt for constructing the walls by themselves. Especially when the climbing walls are installed in children’s bedrooms or playrooms, you can opt for cheaper materials like plywood, which will greatly reduce the cost of the project. However, if your indoor climbing wall is intended to be used by adults, it is better to hire professionals who will give you advice on the right type of wall and will take care for the correct installation and safely fixed holds.
Indoor rock climbing – fun activity for children and adults
Indoor rock climbing walls come in a variety of designs – straight, curved, smooth and plastered or completely repeating the relief of a rock. It is logical that the more complex the design, the more budget is required. As we mentioned, plywood is a cheap material, suitable for climbing wall construction and is easily installed and removed. Keep in mind that safety is a priority not only when the indoor climbing wall is installed in a kids’ room. Residential climbing walls must meet all the criteria of professionally built walls in sports centers or public areas. Whether a DIY project or a custom built indoor climbing wall, one thing is certain – you will have a sports facility which will be a real asset in your home.