Indeed, maintaining your sense of balance, coordination skills, and responsiveness is on the to-do list of many. Among the various ways to achieve this, incorporating a balance board into a fitness routine offers fun, engagement, and effectiveness. From safe and fun boards for your little ones’ wobble boards to a professional-looking personalized board for adults, this list of 7 DIY Balance Board Ideas has compiled all kinds of boards.
DIY Balance Board Ideas
Following our 7 DIY Balance Board Ideas, you can design one that aligns perfectly with your fitness goals, skill level, and aesthetic taste. The tangible and mental benefits of building and subsequently using your DIY balance board are promising. So, let’s create a balance board that’s personal, cost-effective, and creative by following the amazing list of ideas we provided.
Skate Balance Board
This DIY project features a sturdy construction with a securely attached base to prevent slipping while enjoying the thrill of balancing. With no risk of the roller coming loose, children can enhance their balance and coordination skills while having loads of fun.
To make this DIY, start by painting a PVC pipe and allow time for drying. Optionally, you may add decorative elements, like initials, using stencils and paint. Once dry, apply grip tape strips for added safety. After ensuring the board and pipe are dry, mark and drill two holes at the center of each end of the board through the pipe. Secure the assembly with bolts. You’ve now successfully completed your project.
- blank skateboard
- 3″ wide PVC pipe cut to the width of your board (ours was 8″)
- 2 bolts with locking nuts 3/8″ wide
- spray paint (optional)
- letter stencils (optional)
- craft paint (optional)
- grip tape(optional)
Wobble Balance Board
This wobble board provides an engaging way to improve balance and is a playful addition to your backyard or play area. With its large surface, multiple children can enjoy the balancing game at the same time. The clever design ensures there is zero risk of falling from it.
Create a DIY balance board using scrap wood following this tutorial. Cut arched rocker shapes and attach them to a center support using screws. Then, apply glue and lay out the rocker piece onto a plywood top, ensuring it’s centered. Carefully flip it over, attach the top with countersunk screws, sand well, and paint as desired. This simple, fun balance board project offers a great challenge for kids.
- 2 – 2×4 @ 10”
- 1 – 2×3 @ 13”
- 1 – ¾” plywood @ 13” x 19”
- wood glue
- 3” & 2” wood screws
Simplest Balance Board
This DIY Balance Board project is perfect for therapists, teachers, and parents looking to support their children’s sensory development effortlessly. The best part is that it can be made with the basic materials already in your home, and the items can again reused.
To make a DIY balance board, you need a 1/2-inch thick piece of wood that is 10 inches wide and 2 feet long and a 2-foot long PVC pipe with a 1-inch diameter. Place the pipe on the floor and put the board over it. You can also customize the board by decorating it with duct tape, paint, or fabric.
- 1 piece of wood (¾ inch thick, 10 inches wide, 2 feet long)
- PVC pipe (1½ inch diameter, 2 feet long)
Pine Wood Balance Board
Have a look at this Pine Wood Balance Board that can be made with minimal effort and tools but lasts for years. Whether you’re a skateboarding enthusiast or a surfing pro, this homemade balance board is a fantastic way to build and maintain your core boarding skills.
Begin by cutting your board to the desired shape and sand it smooth. Add stoppers under each end using small wooden blocks if desired. Customize the board’s decoration, making sure to maintain some grip on the surface. Once your balance board is complete, position it on the pipe, step onto the board carefully, and enjoy improving your balance skills!
- Couple of pine wood boards
- Few screws
- Pencil or marker for drawing
- Optional: paint, varnish, or grip tape for decorating
Plywood Surfer Balance Board
This DIY Surfer Balance Board is just perfect for improving balance, agility, and core strength, making it an incredibly fun way to work out. Its bonus features consist of optional bumpers for safety and a grip tape to prevent slipping. Decorate it your way with colorful duct tape or paint for a personal touch.
Start by cutting your board to shape, sanding it smooth, and adding small wooden blocks as stoppers on the underside. Stain or paint the board and apply polyurethane to protect it. Once dry, attach grip tape for better footing and use a foam roller or PVC pipe as the balance component. Customize the design as desired, and enjoy your DIY balance board for practicing future surf skills!
- A Jigsaw (optional – the board can easily be modified just to have straight sides if you don’t have one)
- Safety glasses
- Sandpaper (a small palm power sander isn’t required, but will speed up the sanding process)
- Wood glue
- (4) Small screws
- Power drill or screwdriver
- 1/2 pint clear gloss polyurethane
- 3″ diameter PVC pipe cut to 18″ – OR – a 6.5″ diameter 18″ high-density foam roller
Rectangular Balance Board
Enhance your balance and surfing skills right at home with this DIY Indo Balance Board. This board is a budget-friendly and efficient alternative to store-bought models. Another innovative feature is the addition of safety guides made from plywood corners, which serve to keep the board stable and prevent it from shooting out from underneath you.
To create a DIY balance board as outlined by Stoke Drift, start by deciding on the size of your board. Their example uses plywood measuring 18 x 30 inches. You can add safety guides to the bottom by cutting off the corners and screwing them into the base to prevent the board from slipping off the roller. Use a foam roller with 6 x 36 inches dimensions for balance. The safety guides can be adjusted for varying degrees of difficulty.
- Foam Roller: 6-inch diameter.
- Plywood: 30 inches wide x 18 inches high x 3/4 inches thick.
Curvy Balance Board
This DIY balance board is a wonderful combination of fun and learning for children. It features a graceful, curved design reminiscent of Waldorf-style playthings. Constructed from half a sheet of 1/8″ thick utility-grade plywood and fortified with wood glue, this balance board is robust and durable. The use of Darbin Orvar’s beeswax polish imparts a smooth finish, enhancing the natural beauty of the plywood. A remarkable aspect of this board is its role in developing motor skills, engaging both physical and cognitive facets of a child’s development. So, why not consider this for your little one?