Get started on making your climbing walls, cargo nets and playroom jungle gyms with these Genius DIY Climbing Spaces for Kids Indoor Play.
Why create a climbing space for kids in your home?
Kids have an innate need to move their bodies in big ways. These gross motor activities are needed to help strengthen muscles, provide an outlet for energy, and help kids gain confidence in their abilities.
Climbing is a total body workout. So, when kids use these climbing structures, they’re able to exercise everything from their fingers (need good grip strength to hold on!) down to their toes. And it’s not just physical strength that climbing helps develop. Climbing requires flexibility, coordination, balance, and mental challenges like strategy and planning. It’s no wonder why kids get a boost of confidence when reaching new heights. These are all things we want to develop in our kids. Plus, having fun is so good for kids. We want that, right?
An indoor climbing space in your home is a great way to provide all of the benefits of climbing in a safe environment. Not to mention how great it would be to have a space like this for a fun rainy day kids activity. It’s been so cold here lately that my kids have no interest in playing outside. Instead, they’re in here climbing the walls with their pent-up energy. So, why not let them climb the walls?
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DIY Climbing Spaces for the Home
Making an indoor climbing space at home can be as easy as attaching climbing holds to a wall by their bed. Or, you can have an entire indoor climbing playset. Think about your kids’ ages and activity levels and go from there. Bigger kids will need a bigger space, but you may also be able to use space on ceilings and such.
Take a look at the ideas below and get your creative juices flowing on the best way to add an indoor climbing space to your home. You will love these ideas for creating amazing DIY climbing spaces for kids’ indoor play areas. Some of these ideas are truly genius and doable.
(quick note: These are genius ideas, but always follow safety instructions and guidelines when installing your climbing structures at home.)
1. DIY Kids Inside Rock Climbing Wall with Mural
Find out how to make this amazing DIY Kids Inside Rock Climbing Wall with Mural. With detailed instructions from designing your wall to materials, building and mural painting this guide will take you through everything you need to build one.
Learn more: Sisters, What
2. DIY Rock Climbing Wall for Kids
Kids will love this fantastic DIY Rock Climbing Wall. I love the bright colors and the step-by-step guide in this tutorial will certainly give you the confidence to build your own.
Learn more: The Handyman’s Daughter
3. DIY Pallet Climbing Wall
You might like this stylish rustic-looking DIY Pallet Climbing Wall design for a boy’s bedroom. If you head to this blog there is a video tutorial to guide you to make your own.
Learn more: Fresh Mommy Blog
4. DIY Indoor Rock Climbing Wall
Bigger kids will love this DIY Indoor Rock Climbing Wall that is decked out for a climber. The climbing holds go from wall to ceiling, but the ceiling-mounted monkey bars steal the show here. I can’t tell what is used here for the monkey bars they look a bit like these playground safety handles, but you’d need to make sure that you’re using something made to support a swinging body.
Learn more: Inspired To Revamp
5. Fun Play Gym Ideas For Your Kid’s Room
This Fun Play Gym Ideas For Your Kid’s Room post has some amazing inspiration for climbing wall designs incorporated with kids’ bedroom furniture. The hanging rope ladder, swing and rings made with heavy-duty cargo rope are extra exciting.
Learn more: Magical Nest
6. Loft Bed with Climbing Wall and Fireman Pole
The main feature of this Loft Bed with a Climbing Wall and Fireman Pole is the climbing wall going up to the loft bed. Then, getting back down is even more fun with a metal fireman’s pole. Check out the detailed look at how they pulled it together for their son’s bedroom in this post.
Learn more: Simply Designing
7. DIY Mountain Climbing Rock Wall
Here’s another creative climbing space for a kid’s bedroom. This DIY Mountain Climbing Rock Wall tutorial shows you how to create a woodland-inspired climbing space with a climbing wall and monkey bars.
Learn more: More Like Home
8. Indoor Climbing Wall for an Outdoor-Themed Bedroom
Your little Spiderman will love this Indoor Climbing Wall for an Outdoor-Themed Bedroom. The simple mountain skyline painted green adds a lovely outdoor touch to a plain plywood board.
Learn more: Growing Spaces
9. DIY Sensory Playroom
Creating a DIY Sensory Playroom in your home is a wonderful idea for kids to release some of the excess energy and calm their bodies. This room has plenty of inspiration to draw from when thinking about building your sensory room and it’s a perfect place to hang an indoor hammock.
Learn more: The Created Home
10. Indoor Tree House with Slide and Rock Climbing Wall
This playful Indoor Tree House with a Slide and Rock Climbing Wall has all the elements for the ultimate indoor fun. Find out how to make this amazing tree house with a slide, rock climbing wall, swing, bookshelf and telescope in this tutorial.
Learn more: Remodelaholic
11. Climbing Wall with a Swedish Ladder
This ultimate Climbing Wall with a Swedish Ladder will satisfy all your little climber’s needs. The structure includes a fantastic Swedish ladder, a painted rock climbing wall, a slide, a hanging rope ladder and a swing.
Learn more: Girl With A Hand Plane
12. Floor To Ceiling Climbing Space
In this Floor To Ceiling Climbing Space gas pipe fittings were used to create a challenging climbing course with a ladder, monkey bars and climbing rope for a fun space for kids to play.
Learn more: Fine Home Building
13. DIY Kid’s Room Climbing Wall
Here’s a fabulous DIY Kid’s Room Climbing Wall tutorial for you. This one will be easy to incorporate into a corner of a child’s bedroom. Find out the steps in this guide.
Learn more: Ikea Hackers
14. Woodblock Rock Climbing Wall
If you love simplicity this Woodblock Rock Climbing Wall is the perfect inspiration for you. Made with 2×4’s and construction screws this is an easy DIY project that will result in tons of climbing fun.
Learn more: Design for Mankind
15. DIY Pikler Triangle Toddler Rock Climbing Wall
Encourage your toddler’s love for climbing with this easy DIY Pikler Triangle Toddler Rock Climbing Wall. Even toddlers can benefit greatly from being able to climb. After all, they now have a whole new perspective of the world around them and love being able to pull themselves up even higher.
Learn more: Samantha Raising Wildflowers
16. Ninja Warrior Basement
Here’s a whole adventure playroom for your little Ninja! This basement was transformed into an ultimate Ninja Warrior Basement with a rock climbing wall, monkey bars, Ninja rings, trapeze wheels, pod swing and cargo net.
Learn more: Deals For Moms Blog
17. How to Make Cheap Wooden Climbing Holds
Learn How to Make Cheap Wooden Climbing Holds to add to your rock climbing wall with this easy guide out of scrap plywood.
Learn more: The Handyman’s Daughter
18. Monkey Bars Indoor DIY Guide
This Monkey Bars Indoor DIY Guide will take you through the step-by-step process of how to install monkey bars in your playroom. You can layer them horizontally or vertically for the ultimate climbing fun.
Learn more: Family Adventures
19. Playroom with Climbing Wall
This creative Playroom with Climbing Wall uses the wall space to add colorful climbing holds. This has an even greater impact if you’ve got nice, tall ceilings in the bedroom or playroom. Add climbing ropes, a ladder and a net swing for the dream play area.
Learn more: GK Design Group
20. DIY Basement Indoor Playground with Monkey Bars
If you fancy a good project to surprise your kids this DIY Basement Indoor Playground with Monkey Bars is a great inspiration. You can see the instructions on how to build it in this guide. What’s great is that the playhouses in this project can be used as bunk beds too.
Learn more: Ana White
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