Climbing Walls Home: Design And Structure

Climbing Walls Home: Design And Structure

On this page, we will give you all the advice you need to build your own climbing walls home. We will cover different uses such as a boulder, a rope climbing chair or a wall for children. First of all, you have to think about safety, so it is not a good idea to arm it near dangerous objects, such as a table or column for example since in case of a fall we can get hurt. The ideal would be to have a garage or room clear where to mount it or a garden or terrace that allows us to mount it in the party area. The location is one of the most important factors of the entire project since it will depend on the structure that we can assemble, the size, angle of collapse, design, etc.

Climbing Walls Home: Design And Structure
Climbing Walls Home: Design And Structure

What Use Will We Give To The Climbing Walls Home?

Before we begin, we must be clear about the use we will give it. If it is for children you can put the shots directly to the wall, although it is not the best (we will see later). If it is for adults we will have to make a structure that allows fixing wooden plates in which the shots are then placed.

Climbing Walls Home – Design

For us, the design is the most important part of the construction of a climbing wall, from the largest to the humblest of the climbing walls.

The Reasons Are Several:

Once finished you will climb on the structure that you have designed and then built, so it will depend on it to be fun, functional or not harmful, more than how much money you have invested in its construction

Most of your budget will be destined to acquire good quality shots, the design of the wall will vary greatly the type and size of climbing shots you need, a vertical wall is not the same as a 35 ° crash. Think not only that your boulder is aesthetically beautiful, but that it is functional and make the most of the available money.

Security: the wall can be very nice, but if the structure fails and a panel breaks, or it falls on top of you, or a climbing socket is torn off and hits your head it can have serious consequences. That is why it is very important to be careful when designing it and then use quality materials, good wall fixings and of course use quality mattresses (crash-pads) that contain the fall well.

You must make the design make the most of the money you have and allow you to make good training and fun sessions with friends.

Before you start drawing, you have to be clear about what you want to do and what you can do. The design of the structure must be well planned and detailed, it is not the same as an anchor for a roof than for a vertical wall, nor is it a mobile crash than a “cave” boulder.

Do not limit the possibility of future extensions for a bad design, if you have room to spare, leave the structure open to possible future extensions.

Reasons Continued

You can do the freehand design if you do well with the drawing. Today, the computer is our best ally, we recommend the use of Google Sketch Up, a powerful, easy-to-use and free 3D design software. We use it to design climbing walls at the request of our customers. With this soft, you can make the design to scale, have a 360 ° view and even allow you to calculate data such as surface, necessary material for the structure and much more.

Take advantage of the structures that are already in place to mount your wall, columns and beams are of great help and can be the main support for the structure of a climbing wall.

Do not dismiss outside help. Comment your project to other climbers or people in construction/blacksmith/ carpentry. It can give you very good ideas, useful advice and can even make you radically change the project.

Make sure your suppliers have the necessary material, look for prices in different places. Mercadolibre has good prices for many things we need, from tools to supplies. Pay special attention to the dimensions and quantities, which match the request. It is common to be told that the phenolic panel has 1.22 × 2.44m when then what they send you has another measure. However, 2cm makes a huge difference once you set up the structure.

Climbing Walls Home – Type Of Structure

Climbing Walls Home: Design And Structure
Climbing Walls Home: Design And Structure

There are two main types of structure to consider:

  1. Using a previous structure:

This is the best option, as well as the simplest. Since the entire structure of our boulder will be fixed to something mounted like a wall, party wall, Columbas, etc. The disadvantage is that we have to limit ourselves to what we have already built. For example, if there is a roof we cannot make it taller, if we have a column in the middle it limits the dimensions, etc. VERY IMPORTANT: the previous structure must be strong enough, many medians are extremely old, do not cause an accident!

  • Self-supporting structure:

This is a versatile solution if you do not have a suitable place to install your wall. They have the advantage that we are free to create what we want. Then it can be disassembled and installed elsewhere without major complications. It is important that the structure is designed with awareness and support not only the loads. However, it must not turn and crush our own boulder. You can see a self-supporting structure in our post “Design and construction of a private boulder”. The focus is solely o things that are essential for the success of a particular project.

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