Children can burn plenty of energy with a climbing wall in the backyard — and you can make them one!

Ours consists of two panels, about 45 inches wide and 7 feet tall, which we join at the top to hinge like an A-frame ladder.

We construct the two panels from pressure-treated 2-by-4’s screwed together with 3-inch deck screws.

The vertical, 7-foot pieces are on the outside with the horizontal pieces attached about 6 inches in from either end of the vertical pieces.

One panel should be 3 inches narrower than the other, so it can fit between the verticals of the other panel.

Add a vertical 2-by-4 in the middle of the wider panel to support the 1-by-6 boards that will hold the climbing grips.

Nail or screw the 1-by-6’s horizontally across the frame, starting from the top, horizontal 2-by-4’s and work down to the lower one.

Align the tops of the two panels with the smaller one inside. Drill a 5/8ths-inch hole through the boards on each side and install a 5/8s-inch galvanized carriage bolt through each hole before securing it with a washer, lock washer and nut.

Spread out the cargo net in the opening of the smaller panel so you can mark locations for the rope that secure it.

Drill 5/8th-inch holes to thread the rope through and tie it off.

Finally, you’re ready to attach the climbing grips to the larger panel. Drill random holes all over the surface before attaching the climbing grips with the supplied bolts and T nuts.

The bolts thread through the grip and then the panel before attaching the T nut on the backside of the board.

After one fastener is in each grip, rotate the grip to your preferred position before drilling the second hole and adding the other bolt.

Once all the grips are secured, position the wall at the angle that best suits your children.

That’s it! Now your children can explore new heights in your backyard.

Watch the video above to see the process step by step.

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    • Hi, Becca!
      We’re glad this project inspired you to build a children’s cargo net/climbing wall.
      All materials needed for this project are mentioned in this article.
      Quantities will vary based on the climbing wall’s size.
      We recommend determining the A-frame’s size (whatever fits best for your backyard) and providing those measurements to your local home center.
      The home center’s employees will be happy to cut and provide enough 2-by-4’s and 1-by-6’s to meet your project’s unique needs.
      Good luck with this project, and please share photos with the community after it’s completed! 🙂

  1. After it is finished. You say position the wall at an angle that best suits your children. The design allows you to change the angle which is brilliant, but how does the structure keep from falling if it is able to move/change degree of angle?

    • Hi, Dan,
      This structure is pretty heavy and supports its weight, but it can be moved.
      The legs dig into the ground to keep them from spreading apart
      Thanks for your question!


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