I searched and searched for great ideas for boy’s room. Thankfully, we found a couple ideas on Pinterest that got us going in the right direction. But still, there really wasn’t a lot out there. We’ve got a few fun posts as we’ve been making over his room. (links are at the bottom of this page.)
Here is the tutorial for a rustic backboard that your boy can actually HANG off! Can you imagine how happy he is going to be about that? This backboard can be built in under a day. This was our guy’s response to his new backboard. I think he likes it. 😉
Here is the full-on picture:
- 1 rim (ours was used – purchased from Craigslist – just needed to touch up the paint) but you can purchase from any sporting goods store for around $30.
- 1 net – $12
- 1 – 2 x 12 (cut to 52″ length) bolted securely into four studs with 3 1/2 inch bolts that are screwed into the four studs into your wall. Three bolts into each stud. Mount the rim to the backboard with 1/2″ bolts with 1/2″ washers.
- 4 – 2 x 6 (cut to 52″ lengths) – nailed with a nail gun into the wall.
- Cabot stain – we used Birch Mulch.
- Orange Rust-Oleum Spray Paint (optional, for rim)
- Basketball cut-out from Hobby Lobby for $10. (optional)
- Stain boards with the stain and allow to dry completely. (Optional: if using a used rim, paint and allow to dry.)
- Cut the 2 x 6 board into 4 – 52″ sections.
- Cut the 2 x 12 board into 1 – 52″ section.
- Mount the rim to the large 2 x 12 with 1/2″ bolts and 1/2″ washers.
- Find the studs and hang so the backboard is able to be secured to all four studs.
- Beginning at the ceiling, use your nail gun to secure the top 3 boards to the wall.
- Using 3 1/2″ bolts, screw the large 2 x 12″ board to the wall. Use 3 bolts per stud to ensure it is super secure. It should hold a weight up to one-hundred pounds.
- Hang your final 2 x 6″ board below, securing with a nail gun.
Wondering how we made several of the boards rougher?
My husband hit the board and scratched out our son’s initials and the dates before staining. This allows the stain to go deeper and gives a little depth to the finished product. We only did a couple so it didn’t end up looking too beat up. 🙂
Would you like to see how we built a super-cool bench for his room? Click here. How about the final bedroom reveal (it’s coming soon!)
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