How to build a wood basketball backboard

Updated April 17, 2017

Although basketball is not as big in the UK as it is in the United States, putting up a basketball hoop in the garden will give the kids something to occupy their time. You can make your own backstop or backboard either as a replacement for a worn backboard or for the initial fun of the game. This backboard is sturdy and will endure hours of rugged basketball play. If you are moderately skilled in wood working, you can make this backboard. The backboard can be mounted on a pole, a prefabricated post or on a wall such as over a garage.

Cutting the board

Measure the 2 cm (3/4 inch) plywood to dimensions, 91 cm x 137 cm (36 x 54 inches). With pencil and the straight edge draw marking lines to create a 91 cm x 137 cm (36 x 54 inch) rectangle.

Using the saw cut along each marked line.

Paint the 91 cm x 137 cm (36 x 54 inch) board and let it dry overnight.

Making the shooting rectangle

Measure 45 cm (18 inches) from each side of the backboard and mark at 12.5 cm (5 inches) from the bottom of the board. This will be the bottom corners of your shooting triangle

Measure 45 cm (18 inches) from each side of the backboard and mark at 45 cm (18 inches) from the bottom of the board. This will be the top corners of your shooting triangle

Place orange tape on backboard from corner to corner with the tape on the inside of each corner point. This should create the orange triangle for your backboard. Using the Stanley knife, cut the tape at the corners to make sure they are squared off.

Using the paint brush, apply varnish according to the directions on the can. This will seal your backboard and keep the orange tape adhered to the board.


Be sure to let the paint dry before attempting the next step. Painting both sides of the backboard will help seal it and deter rot.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cm (3/4 inch) plywood
  • Saw
  • White paint
  • Orange tape 5 cm (2 inch) wide
  • Stanley knife
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge
  • Tape measure rule
  • Basketball goal
  • Clear varnish
  • Paint brush
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