How to build your own wrestling ring for free

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How to build your own wrestling ring for free
Build your own backyard wrestling ring for free. (jugendlicher übermut image by Falkenauge from

If you don't belong to a wrestling gym or don't have access to a wrestling ring, you may want your own ring. Having your own wrestling ring means you can practice any time you want and try out your moves in private. Buying professional wrestling ring design plans and having a ring with all the bells and whistles can cost thousands of dollars. With some salvaged lumber, plywood and egg foam, however, you can build your own for free.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Scrap lumber and plywood
  • Shovel
  • Egg foam
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Adhesive or duct tape

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  1. 1

    Sketch out a design. Most wrestling rings are simple squares approximately 12 feet by 12 feet.

  2. 2

    Mark the four corners of your wrestling ring and find the exact centre of the square. Dig a hole approximately 4 feet deep at each corner. Dig one more hole in the centre of the square. The centre will hold an additional support post for your wrestling ring floor.

  3. 3

    Place a 4 foot piece of scrap lumber in each of the five holes. Fill the holes with dirt. Nail wood planks to the inside of the support posts, approximately 1 inch from the top of the posts. These will be your joists. A joist is a support beam that holds a floor.

  4. 4

    Cut and fit scrap plywood to match your floor base. Screw the plywood down with wood screws every 18 inches along the joist.

  5. 5

    Cover the plywood floor with the egg foam. Use adhesive if you want it there permanently. Use duct tape if you want to be able to remove the foam.

Tips and warnings

  • Buy a tarp to cover your wrestling ring in case it rains.
  • Look for scrap plywood at building site waste bins, or ask your local building supply store if they have any waste plywood.
  • Cover any exposed wood with foam padding to avoid injury.

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