Home Climbing Walls for Kids, and Big Kids Too

I just started rock climbing, and it has changed my life. Suddenly I actually want to exercise. I also have muscles in my arms now, which is very novel. I do my climbing at the gym, but I can't help feeling a little envious of these folks who have climbing walls right in the comfort of their own homes. If you're looking to create a fun space for your kids, or for the kid in you, look no further than these inspiring home climbing walls.

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1. Have you ever looked at the structure of a building and thought, "I wonder if I could climb that?" Well, now you can. Architect David Hotson turned the structural column at the middle of the living room in this Manhattan penthouse into a mini climbing wall. Hooked into the auto belay system (safety first!), you can climb five stories to the ceiling, or stop off at the third-floor reading nook on the way. Oh, and there's a swing. Of course. Via Handmade Charlotte.

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The architects of this Toyko home put the climbing wall on the outside. The climbing wall, located in a courtyard, is a good way to access the second floor and the roof deck if you're too badass to take the stairs. No word on how you're supposed to climb past that door.

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Here's a project that's a mite more realistic for the rest of us, from Moon Design + Build via Houzz. A rock wall leads to a loft space; the more faint of heart can take the ladder.

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The angle on this climbing wall in a home from Dwell makes for an additional level of difficulty.

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This climbing wall, in a home by Distinctive Dwellings, takes advantage of the height of a stairwell.

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6. This space does double duty as home climbing gym and garage. Although I'm guessing they probably move the car (and maybe add some mattresses) before climbing.

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Here's an adorable home rock wall for tiny climbers. It's built from plywood, mounted to lengths of lumber which are then screwed into the studs in the wall. Read more about it here.

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A kid-sized climbing wall in a home from Dwell allows access to a secret play space.

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Here's a basement gym built by some serious climbers.

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Some thoughts on making your own holds.

And of course, the number one thing to keep in mind when building a home gym is: safety! Make sure your landing surface is properly cushioned, that you have an appropriate belay system (for a tall wall) and that your holds are properly secured to the wall. This post isn't meant to be instructional, only inspirational. If you're thinking about creating your own wall and looking for more info, here is a good place to start.

(Image credits: David Hotson; Dezeen; Moon Design + Build; Dwell; Distinctive Dwellings; Indoor Climbing; Fun at Home with Kids; Dwell; Unreal Hawaii; Camp4)