DIY Freestanding Hangboard Setup
There are a lot of at-home workouts going around at this time and it is great to see. But what about those activity specific movements and strength training that needs to be done?
With climbing when you can’t head to the gym or the local crag due to shelter in place circumstances, you can use a hangboard. But, if you live in an apartment or building in which you can’t drill holes or the walls would not support you pulling on a hangboard, what can you do?
That was the dilemma I was facing, I had an old hangboard in storage from a long time ago but there was nowhere in my house that I could hang it without seriously damaging the door frames and structure.
After a little internet sleuthing I found just what I was looking for (major thanks to Reddit’s r/climbing community) - a freestanding hangboard setup with excellent step by step instructions.
I am by no means a carpenter and I was able to do this thing from start to finish in a single day for right around $75 give or take a few bucks - plus the cost of the hangboard.
The nice thing about these plans too is that it uses a lot of bolts so it can be taken down and transported fairly easily compared to trying to move it fully set up.
What you’ll need:
- Two of: 8’ 4x4 wood
- Five of: 8’ 2x4 wood
- Four of: 8” long ½” bolts
- Four of: 6” long ½” bolts
- Eight of: washers (that fit your bolts width)
- Eight of: nuts
- 24 of: 3” wood screws
8 of 2.5” Wood screw
- Saw (I used a table saw but you could do it with a circular saw)
- Electric drill or impact driver
- Drill bits (properly sized for your bolts)
Here's how all of that will visually come together:
Get the lumber and necessary bolts, wood screws, etc. (see list at bottom of plan). What’s nice about this setup is it doesn’t require a ton of heavy wood, I was able to haul everything myself and fit it all in my SUV without trouble.
Cut the wood into required lengths. Luckily the 4x4’s don’t need to be cut. I stand 6’ 4” tall and the hangboard sits a few inches below the top of the posts so keeping the main 4x4’s at a full height of 8’ was perfect for me.
You will need to cut 45 degree angles on the ends of four of the 24” 2x4’s, these are going to serve as the hypotenuse on the triangle base supports.
Screw together your triangles for the base supports. Ensure that the vertical 2x4 goes all the way to the ground (when it is finally connected to the pillar) and try to make the hypotenuse ends line up as evenly on the other two 2x4’s as possible. This is where I had the most trouble personally so be sure to take your time here.
Each end of the hypotenuse will require one 2.5” wood screw and one 3” wood screw, then the connection at the right angle will require two 3” wood screws side by side.
Also put the three equal sized boards together and attach them with the diagonal piece across then back as shown below (with a beer for size reference obviously).
I personally am going to add a pulley system to the bottom to help with smaller holds and my heavier weight and am also going to add some additional holds to the wood but make yours your own to fit your needs.