Searching for an easy way to DIY indoor basketball hoop? Here is an easy way to make a DIY basketball hoop even if you aren’t too savvy with power tools. If I could make it, pretty much anyone can make it too!
If your son/s or husband enjoys having a basketball hoop in their bedroom, playroom, office, man cave, etc, you know the struggle! Because if you are anything like me who just thinks the regular acrylic or plastic, colorful basketball hoops are just such an eyesore, and you want a nicer alternative, then a DIY basketball hoop will be your best bet!
This homemade basketball hoop is super easy to make and trust me, I made it and don’t have a clue what I am doing so it’s definitely beginner friendly.
I decided to try making a custom basketball hoop out of plywood after redoing my son’s bedroom decor. Because I wanted a nice basketball hoop, he could still play with and enjoy without it being an eyesore. And so I made one for him!
With that said, in this post, I share my step-by-step instructions on how I DIYed a basketball hoop for my son’s bedroom. And although I made it for his bedroom, this basketball hoop is great for an office, man cave, playroom, movie room, etc. Just find an empty wall you can mount it on and you’re all set!
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DIY Basketball Hoop – The Steps
Here is how to make a homemade basketball hoop:
Table of Contents
Step 1: Gather Supplies and Tools
- Plywood (mine is 24×17 and you can get it cut to size at Home Depot)
- Rim + Net (mine is 8 inches and I got it from Facebook Marketplace and just removed the original backboard) But keep the hardware, you will need it to attach the rim to the backboard.
- 4 – 4″ lag screws (to secure the basketball hoop to studs on the wall)
- Stain: these are the ones I used: Varathane (Briarsmoke) for the backboard and the target box and border squares: Rust-Oleum (Gloss Black)
- Lint-free rag
- 1-inch wide tape
- Measuring tape
- Stud finder
- Mini basketballs
I highly recommend getting on Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, etc, and finding a used basketball hoop there. They are much more affordable than buying new ones. However, if you prefer to buy one new, here is the one I used. This is an 8-inch rim.
Step 2: Measure and Tape the Outline for Target Box and Border
To move forward to this step, you want to have all supplies ready to go and your board cut to size. My board is 24×17 but you can do it in whatever size you prefer. You might also need to lightly sand the board. (I got my board cut at The Home Depot)
And once you have everything set to go, measure and decide where exactly you want the target box and border to be for your homemade basketball hoop. (I just eyeballed mine based on the rim size) Once you measured and marked the measurements on the plywood, apply the painter’s tape. The tape should be about 1 inch wide.
See the image below to see what lines I am referring to.
Step 3: Stain Backboard and Remove the Tape
Once the tape is where you need it, press down on all the edges of the tape to minimize the stain from bleeding through. Next, stain your entire backboard with your desired stain.
Then when you have stained the entire backboard, you can remove the tape. This should expose the unstained lines for the target box and border.
Step 4: Tape and Add the Final Stain Color
Next, to paint/stain the border and target box squares you need to add new tape. Outline the border and target box squares with tape and add the final stain color
See the below image to better see what I am referring to:
Once you are done staining remove the tape.
Once your board is fully stained, you can add a protective finish if you want, however, I did not. We have had our basketball hoop for about a year and a half now and it has done perfectly fine without it.
Step 5: Stain Sides and Install Rim and Net
If you want the sides of your plywood to be stained, do that at this point. See below to see what I am talking about. I stained ours black but you obviously can stain whatever stain color you want or leave it unstained.
Once that dries, install the rim and net.
Mark circles on the bottom of the board that matches the spacing of the holes in the hardware that came with your rim, then drill the holes. Once the holes are made, install the rim to the backboard.
As I mentioned above, I use a second-hand basketball hoop/rim and removed the original backboard, and only kept the rim/net and original rim hardware. I then used the original hardware that came with the hoop and installed the rim to the homemade backboard.
Step 6: Mount DIY Basketball Hoop to the Wall Directly Into Studs Using Lag Screws
Lastly, how to mount a basketball hoop on the wall? Well, you’ll need 4 – 4″ lag screws to securely mount the basketball hoop to the wall.
Use a stud finder to find studs on your wall, then use the lag screws to secure the homemade basketball hoop to the wall by screwing the screws directly into the studs. One lag screw for each corner of the basketball hoop.
If you prefer to mount the basketball hoop in a different way, I am sure you can find alternative ways online that might work out better for you. But if you don’t mind holes in the wall, this worked out for us. The basket hoop has not moved or fallen and we have had it for over a year now.
I hope you found this DIY basketball hoop tutorial super easy to follow and that it encourages you to give it a try! I promise it is super easy to make, and it turns out SO beautiful and my son loves it! And it is seriously the best DIY indoor basketball hoop!
This homemade basketball hoop would be a great gift for dads for Father’s Day or a birthday, or cool birthday gift or Christmas gift for your son or daughter, or even just something cool to make for the entire family to enjoy!
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