How to make a cheap and safe life-size wrestling ring

Updated March 23, 2017

Wrestling rings are fairly simple; they are essentially roped-off areas with a padded floor in which you can practice your moves. Of course, you can make wrestling rings more complex, but the simpler your wrestling ring, the cheaper it will be. Wrestling rings are best placed in the back garden, as they require a reasonable amount of space -- around 6 m x 6 m (20 square feet) for the mat, with a little more for the posts on the corners and edges.

Lay four 6 m (20 foot) steel beams on the ground in a square.

Lay 10 6 m (20 foot) steel beams on the ground around one foot apart and tie them to the beams you laid on the ground in the step above. This will create the foundation of your wrestling ring.

Lay wood panelling crosswise over the steel beams. This will make the floor, although it will not yet be padded.

Put one 1.5 m (5 foot) steel beam at each corner of the ring. Drive it into the ground to ensure that it stands up.

Lay foam padding over the wood floor and tie it to the corners.

Clip three pieces of ring rope covered in hydraulic tubing to each of the corners. This is a special piece of material that sticks directly out from the corner.

Cover each of the pieces of hydraulic tubing with a turnbuckle cover. This pads it so that you can run into it without damaging yourself.

Attach the corner protectors to one another with rope. They should be tight enough to stay up and provide a firm base so you can't fall out while wrestling.


This wrestling ring is cheap but also basic. Exercise caution in executing manoeuvres such as climbing on the ropes.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood panelling
  • 14 6 m (20 foot) steel beams
  • 4 1.5 m (5 foot) steel beams
  • 6 m (20 feet) of steel-covered rope, cut into 4 90 cm (3 foot) sections
  • 24 m (80 feet) of rope
  • 7.5 cm (3 inch) foam padding
  • 12 turnbuckle covers
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Sam Grover began writing in 2005, also having worked as a behavior therapist and teacher. His work has appeared in New Zealand publications "Critic" and "Logic," where he covered political and educational issues. Grover graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Arts in history.