Introduction: Hangboard Stand (No Holes in Wall)

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So you want to keep up (or improve) your rock climbing training with a hangboard? No problem just follow the steps at to make your own.

But what if you don't want to drill holes in your nice walls, or you're renting and you can't drill holes? How are you going to mount it?

Here is how to build a Hangboard/Suspension strap stand with no holes and no screws in your door frame.


What you will need:

18mm Ply Wood (Legs X 2, Backboard X 2)

Hand Tools (saw, drill, measuring tape, etc.)

6mm Rope (350mm X 2)

Hangboard (

Suspension Straps (

Step 1: Measure Your Door Frame

Measure the height and width door frame you intend to use. Easy

You will also need the thickness of the wall (including any trim around the door frame). For this you will need a calipers or a couple of speed squares and a straight edge.

Once you have these measurements we can start the next step.

Step 2: Hangboard Stand (Legs)

You can design your stands legs any shape you like but the main measurements you need to add are (see diagram);

A: The thickness of your wall including any wood trim from your door frame.

B: The thickness of your backing board (18mm).

C: The height of your door frame.

I did intend to make these from a single sheet of ply wood but I didn't have a sheet long enough so I extended the legs with some 2x5 timber I had in the shed.

Check for fit and make any adjustments.

Step 3: Hangboard Backing Board

This is what you will screw your hangboard to.

This will need to be wider than your door frame.

Measurement D needs to be the exact width of your door frame to eliminate any side to side movement when in use.

Two 18mm slots are cut into the backing board to accommodate the legs.

Check for fit and make any adjustments.

You can now attach your handboard to the backing board.

Optional - you can drill two 8mm holes for adding work-out attachments. Tread the 6mm climbing cord/rope through hole and tie the ends with a reef/square knot to make a loop (for extra security you can tape the ends with electrical tape). Alternatively instead of the rope loop you could use a D-shackle.

Step 4: Assembly and Accessories

Stand the two legs either side of your door frame.

The back board should slide down, with the legs held in the slots.

If your measurements were correct the stand should be held firmly in the door frame with little or no movement.

If there is a bit of wiggle you can fix it with some card wedged in place.

The weight should be transferred to the ground through the legs and the door frame is just for stability.

You can use the loops to attach:

Resistance bands - to aid with pull-ups

Suspension Straps - for bicep and shoulder work

Power Balls - for grip strength

Pull-up bars, etc, etc.

Always be careful starting a new training routine as you can do a lot of damage to yourself if done incorrectly.


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