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Commercial basketball hoops cost a lot of money. The rims are generally made from a high grade carbon steel material and the backboard can be made from a polycarbonate, tempered glass or acrylic material. There are ready-made basketball hoops you can buy but if you are on a tight budget or you fancy making a basketball hoop to your specifications, check out these DIY guides to follow:
Using a Wire Hanger: Easy and Budget-Friendly
If you have a little one who is an aspiring basketball player and you just want to set up an indoor basketball hoop that can be installed in your child’s room or in the play area, you can use a simple wire hanger. Here are the steps you should take:
- Gather the materials you need.
Look for a thick wire hanger. A smaller wire hanger will make a small hoop, so look for a bigger wire hanger if you want a bigger hoop. Get a thick cardboard piece as well. A recycled packaging cardboard might work. This will become the backboard of the hoop. You will also need a pair of scissors, pliers and cutter. Get strings/yarn, double-sided and paint.
- Cut the wire hanger.
Cut the wire hanger at one end where it reaches the hook. Now fashion the wire hanger into a circle. If it is a thicker wire, you can use the pliers to bend it into a perfect circle. Make sure you leave a small portion of the ends you cut to loop around the hook of the hanger.
- Prepare the backboard next.
Cut the backboard using the scissors or the cutter to your desired size. The backboard should be proportional to the hoop. If you have a backboard that is 6 feet wide, the opening of the basketball hoop should be 18 inches. You can use paint or market to make edge markings on the basketball backboard.
- Insert the basketball hook through the backboard.
Make a marking in the middle of the backboard where the wire hook will go through. Use a cutter to slice a cross mark to allow the wire hook to go through the backboard easily. Use a tape to secure the wire hook at the back of the basketball hook.
- Use the same size of cardboard and glue it at the back of the backboard.
Cut another backboard size and then use a double-sided tape to secure it at the back of the backboard.
- Make the net.
Use the strings or yarn to make a net. Connect the net to the hoop.
- You are ready to use the DIY wire basketball hoop.
Hang it or tape it on a wall.
Keep in mind that this isn’t the sturdiest installation, so it shouldn’t be used to dunk. We recommend using a light ball only.
Weld a Thicker Metal
If you want a sturdier hoop that you can install on top of a garage door or a tree and can withstand the impact of heavier basketball balls, you would want to use a thicker metal. You should make a ring out of a 12mm-size metal. Weld the metals together.
Get a flat metal with about 4 mm of thickness and fold it in a 90-degree angle. Weld the hoop you made to the flat metal. Cut two pieces of rods and then use them to secure the folded flat metal to the hoop. Now drill about 4 holes to the folded piece of metal. Make sure you drill a hole size that will fit the bolt that you will use.
It’s time to make the backboard. You can try recycling an old pallet. Cut out a pallet so that it resembles a backboard. Sand the pallet to remove dirt and even out the surface. Stain it or paint it to look achieve the look of the basketball rim and board you prefer. Also paint the welded metal hoop you made. Choose a color that will work with the color of your backboard.
Now attach the hoop to the pallet. Remember the holes you made earlier? Use a screwdriver to drive a bolt through it and into the pallet material. Make sure everything feels sturdy and secure.
Make a net and then secure it to the hoop. You can use a material made from polyester and nylon.
You are now ready to attach your DIY basketball hoop to a wall or a tree. Use a nail gun to attach it to a wall.
How to Choose Ready-Made Rims
You also have the option of buying a ready-made rim from the store. This is easier as you only need the backboard. You might not need a backboard anymore and you can just simply attach the ring to a tree or to a wall.
Here are some tips that can help you choose a ready-made rim:
- Decide between front and rear-mounted rims.
These rims are fixed. They are usually best attached to a steel backboard. If you like more flexibility with the hoop, as in the case of those who want to dunk, you should go for the breakaway type of hoop. These hoops have a design that prevent wrist injuries when duking.
- Consider where you will mount the rim.
There are specific rims that work with specific mounting options. If you plan on mounting it on a wall, go for the wall-mounted rims. If you want to install it above your garage door, a roof-mounted one might be a better option. There are also ceiling-mounted options, but these might be better for indoor gyms.
- Take into account the materials that will be used.
Consider a material that can withstand damages. If you do a lot of rough playing, the rim material should be resistant to damages.
- Consider those that are easier to transport.
Portable hoops are better because you can take them out easily when you need to move to a new house.
When it comes to making a basketball hoop that suits your needs, you don’t need to spend a lot. Just be creative and resourceful and you should be able to create one that works with your needs.
Check out our complete guide to finding the best basketball hoop for your needs here.