How big does a home climbing wall need to be to be useful?

Posted on May 1, 2012

It is possible to get a lot of use out of a small space. The smaller the wall the more holds you will need to stay motivated. Remember it is ultimately the number of climbing holds that determines the variety of climbing. A wall that is 8ft x 8ft and covered in holds can be much more useful than a wall four times the size with only a few holds. In general we recommend that the smaller walls be more overhanging. Traditionally a home wall built for training should be 8-12ft wide x10-12ft tall and overhang 30 to 45 degrees past vertical.  If you have more space add a variety of angles. For small home walls we recommend avoiding vertical walls, as they will not provide a sufficient challenge for training.