Climbing Triangle

£ 9.98

Video Tutorial Below

Make this Climbing Triangle and Slide using these easy to follow plans. The Climbing Triangle was developed by Hungarian paediatrician Dr. Emmi Pikler over 100 years ago. She believed kids should explore the climbing triangle on their own terms. If they can climb it, they should be able to do so freely (although always with supervision).

It can be used for children as young as 6 months to roughly 4 years old. The Climbing Triangle allows children to learn their on boundaries in their own time. The point of the triangle is that it doesn’t need to be adjusted as your child grows because it works as the foundation on which they reach with their developmental milestones. For example, babies can first play beneath it. Once they’re ready they can use it to pull themselves up, then proceed to climb the structure. They use their imagination and learn new skills.

Great care and research has gone into the design of this Climbing Triangle. An important factor is size; too big is unsuitable for younger children and too small is not engaging for older children. This triangle is designed to be somewhere in the middle, so it can get the most use. It measures approximately:

Height x Bar Width x Leg Spread
34″ x 34″ x 40″
85cm x 85cm x 101cm

Another important factor is the ease of folding and crucially a self locking leg design. Our design opens and creates an interference connection that is very strong. There is a locking thumbscrew that keeps it safe, but importantly this is not structural. This makes our design a compact fold, easy to unfold and very strong. The slide for this project, is also compatible with our Kids Bed Project, why not build your child the complete set.

These simple to follow step-by-step plans contain 19 highly illustrated steps to make this Climbing Triangle. As well as separate plans to make the slide (10 steps).

Printable PDF plans include:

✓ Step-by-Step instructions
✓ Lots of pictures
✓ Accompanying video tutorial
✓ All measurements are in Standard (imperial) units
✓ Materials shopping list
✓ Tools list with recommendations
✓ Single-use license, not for resale or professional use

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Skill Level

Easy Project… provided you follow all the steps correctly, you should find this a beginner friendly and enjoyable project.

Metric or Imperial Units

The plans are written in Imperial units. Although typically we like to write them in both units, for this project it was just easier to stick with Imperial (inches).

Required Tools

Helpful Tools


The items listed below are only approximate.

Materials Required

  • 18mm [3/4″] Birch Ply or Furniture Board
  • 30mm [1-1/4″] Beech Dowels

Hardware Required


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Here’s a brief article we wrote about why we are confident you will be happy building from our plans…

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If the plans come with an accompanying video, we would recommend you watching that first. If you still aren’t sure, maybe test yourself first with one of our beginner friendly projects.

What if I can’t get the same dimension lumber?

We understand that finding the same size lumber can be difficult. Read the ‘Materials Required’ section carefully. We try to specify if a dimension is critical or if you can substitute for something close. Our plans try to accommodate variation in lumber dimensions wherever possible.

Please read the entire manual before ordering any wood, once you have a good idea of the process, it should all become clear.

I don’t have all the required tools, what do I do?

The nice thing about woodworking, is that there are many ways to do something. Our plans will often offer alternative methods of completing a step, although for obvious reasons, it isn’t possible to include all the ways in our plans. But usually it isn’t hard to find a workaround.


For instance, we might say you need a band saw, but you could use a jig saw. We try our best to list the tools required, with potential alternatives.


If however there is an essential tool that you just can’t do without. Then I am sorry, this isn’t the right project for you. Or maybe it might just be the excuse you need to buy new tool. ;)

What tools do you recommend?

We have a whole section of our website dedicated to answering that question. TOOLS WE USE lists all the tools we use on a regular basis along with a short review of that tool and links where you can purchase them.

Your video gives everything away, why should I buy the plans?

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Our plans go into much more detail about the various steps, alongside various hints and tips we just don’t have time for on YouTube. Also, we believe it’s very helpful having a printable document, that can accompany you into the workshop.

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