Indoor climbing wall for an outdoors-themed bedroom

Kids bedroom with climbing wall | Growing SpacesUp until now the twins have shared a bedroom. They’ve been more than happy with this arrangement, but now they’ve started school (in separate classes) and we’ve been encouraging their independence more we decided that the time felt right to give them their own rooms. Ez was thrilled with the idea, but Fonz wasn’t so keen, so I knew we’d have to come up with something special to win him over.

I had gymnastic rings in my bedroom as a child and my brother had a trapeze, and I wanted to come up with something similar. I’ve had a thing for plywood for a while, so I thought a plywood climbing wall would fit the bill perfectly. When I shared my idea with my husband I think he thought I was bonkers at first, but luckily he’s super-practical, and he got on with planning the specifics.

Fonz helped us to plan out the arrangement of climbing holds. We fixed the first couple of holds on (screwed onto 18mm plywood board), and then we got him to stand on these and stretch to work out the best placement of the other holds. Once all the holds were securely screwed on (the larger holds are supplied with bolts to fix them on), the boards themselves were bolted to the wall with anchor bolts. We needed to add washers to space the board from the wall, because the climbing hold bolts protruded from the back. As the kids grow, we can take the boards down and rearrange the holds so that it will still be challenging for them.

I opted for an outdoors-theme for the bedroom as a whole (I’ll share more pics soon, as well as a tour of Ez’s new space), so to finish off the climbing wall I marked out a simple mountain skyline with masking tape and painted it green (Fonz wanted his room to be black, white and green).

Happy face | Growing SpacesAs you can see, we have one very happy customer. He loves his climbing wall, and can’t wait to show it off as soon as guests arrive. We can declare the move to separate rooms a resounding success, much to our relief.

Mountain climbing wall in a kids room | Growing SpacesThe mountains are painted in matt emulsion in Grenouille from Valspar (available exclusively from B&Q). The climbing holds are from Holdz.



Disclosure: I was given a voucher to purchase the paint from Valspar for this post




  1. January 22, 2015 / 9:38 am

    there is all sorts of awesomeness here!!

    • Heather Young January 23, 2015 / 9:25 am

      Thanks Cerys! Awesome is Fonz’s favourite word at the moment, so that’s bang on 🙂

  2. January 22, 2015 / 9:54 am

    This is amazing in the true sense of the word! But you knew that right!!?

  3. January 22, 2015 / 10:03 am

    This must be the coolest little boys room ever! No wonder Fonz is grinning, it’s awesome! Xx

    • Heather Young January 23, 2015 / 9:26 am

      He does think he’s pretty cool now. Ez is pretty handy on the wall too!

  4. January 22, 2015 / 3:51 pm

    Heather this is THE coolest thing ever (apart from maybe a trapeze in a bedroom, say what?!) You are a way cool Mum. Want to adopt me?

    • Heather Young January 23, 2015 / 9:28 am

      Thanks Sarah! I would so adopt you if you promise to bake for me all the time. Yum!

  5. January 22, 2015 / 6:47 pm

    coolest thing ever . Think my husband would want this

    • Heather Young January 23, 2015 / 9:29 am

      I’m too scared to have a go in case it falls down!

  6. January 22, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    This is quite possibly the coolest child’s bedroom ever. Bravo!

  7. January 23, 2015 / 11:28 am

    Genius idea! F would love this! off to pin it x

  8. kate
    January 29, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    Do you have a blue print for recreating this? We live it and with our long Chicago winters this would be a great indoor active addition to our little space.

    Thans for sharing!

  9. February 5, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    Excellent idea, and boy does he look chuffed!

  10. May 26, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    This is AMAZING!! Someone just told me about it as I had shared a link to a different type of climbing wall. Cherry has recently started at a climbing wall and is obsessed, totally showing my OH this later! x

  11. March 3, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    What a great idea! I am featuring this on my website if you don’t mind.

    • Heather Young March 21, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      Sorry not to get back to you sooner Alyssa. Yes, of course that’s fine to share!

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  13. Lydia F.
    March 21, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    WTF? This is the worst idea I’ve ever seen, I hope your child doesn’t fall down and broke his neck.

  14. alisa
    March 29, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    Love it!! My son is two years old (today march29th!) and hubby did the same exact thing in our basement. We are trying to convert it into a playroom. I need more outdoor themed stuff for our walls. Please take more pics!!!

    • Heather Young April 1, 2016 / 4:27 pm

      That’s so great Alisa! And thanks for the request – I will try to post some more of my son’s room in the next couple of weeks.

  15. Andrea
    July 9, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    I wanna do this in my son’s room. Does your little guy still use the rock wall?

    • Heather Young July 13, 2016 / 1:44 pm

      Yes, he uses it almost everyday, and it’s still the first thing he does with friends when they come to visit.

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    Thank you for the post.

  17. Beth
    December 1, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    Is it a large room?
    It’s pretty darn awesome!!!

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