Using current best practice from within the climbing wall industry, CWMA (the Climbing Wall Manufacturers Association) would offer the following advice for the provision of matting beneath an indoor climbing wall. These safety matting guidelines need to be read thouroughly.

General Requirements

All matting and associated materials that are provided for use under indoor climbing walls should conform to the appropriate flame spread British Standard (BS5852). The matting should normally extend to a minimum of 2m in all directions out from most protruding part of the wall. For overhangs the point should be measured vertically from the most overhanging point.  In certain circumstances where 2m clearance is not possible, it still may be acceptable to build a climbing wall with other safety precautions or conditions of use in place.  Please contact CWMA or the BMC if you are not sure.

Climbing walls can be classed as either:

a)   Bouldering Walls: a permanent climbing wall normally up to 5m high used for unroped climbing.

b)   Other types of permanent walls including: Traversing Wall; Novice Wall; Lead Wall, Top Rope Wall, High Walls etc.

c)   A Temporary Wall: built for the purpose of holding an event and erected for a short time, only used under supervision.


Matting beneath bouldering walls should be continuous, with individual sections linked together and/or covered by a single piece sheet. It is recommended that this sheet be made from a continuous hard wearing material, securely fixed at all edges.  Generally the best bouldering wall mats are made from good quality foam, giving a total thickness of at least 300mm depth.   Some companies use dual density foams and others have mesh side panels built into the mats to allow air to escape.


A uniform safety surface of the type typically used in children’s playgrounds should be used beneath all other types of wall. The surface should be either: a) rubber tile b) wet pour rubber crumb or c) pea gravel. By far the most common are 90mm rubber tiles with a 2.7m Critical Fall Height. There are a number of different manufacturers making rubber tiles; they vary in design and quality. All materials should conform to the relevant British Standards for both installations (BS5696 for installation of Wet Pour Rubber Crumb) and use (BS7188 Children’s Playground Impact Absorbency).


A temporary wall would normally be used with ropes and only under the supervision of experienced climbers. Such walls would typically be erected for less than ten days at for instance shows, festivals or trade stands. The current practice is for no matting to be provided for such walls.

The guidelines outlined above are recommendations only, based on current best practice. It is the responsibility of the climbing wall manager to ensure that the climbing wall conforms to current Health & Safety legislation. It is the responsibility of the users to adapt their behaviour to contribute towards their own and others safety.


“The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own involvement.”

Brtiish Standard for Climbing Walls


  • The business meets the demands set by BS EN ISO 9001; 2001 & BS EN ISO 14001:2004
  • We have a comprehensive Health & Safety Policy & are members of SAFEA (Sports & Fitness Equipment Association) & the BPF (British Plastics Federation) and need to abide by specific codes of practice. For our SAFEA certificate please click here. SAFEA COMPANY Why use


  • All deliveries must be inspected before opening the packaging for any sign of damage incurred in transit.
  • Only after the items have been inspected satisfactory must you sign the receipt paperwork.
  • If any damages are found please indicate on the receipt paperwork and notify us of this damage within two days of receipt of delivery.
  • Any items not received must be advised within 5 days of the invoice date in order that this can be investigated.
  • We will not be responsible for any non delivered items after this time or failure to advise us accordingly.
  • Someone must be available to sign for the goods during normal working hours.
  • Providing the above procedure has been carried out any damaged/missing mats will be either repaired or replaced free of charge in line with the procedure in MANUFACTURING DEFECTS.
  • This guarantee does not include any consequential costs which may arise out of a delivery problem.

Manufacturing Defects

Promat Climbing Wall Matting is manufactured to agreed specifications with the customer and is guaranteed against manufacturing defects for twelve months from date of invoice. If a problem occurs you need to first make a claim by e-mail or fax. After discussion we will either arrange to collect or ask for images or view the matting on site at the customer’s premises. Following inspection we will make the customer aware of our findings. If the matting proves to have a manufacturing defect we will first undertake to carry out a repair. If this fails to resolve the problem we will replace any faulty matting free of charge. This guarantee does not cover fair wear and tear or accidental/willful damage or any consequential costs which may arise out of a manufacturing fault. Please click here to download our guarantee. Climbing Wall Matting Guarantee1


  • All installation work by Foams 4 Sports is carried out by approved qualified staff / contractors under BS EN ISO 9001:2008.
  • Quality Standards and all workmanship is guaranteed for twelve months from date of invoice
  • Following completion of installation please inspect for any faults or problems
  • Any faults or problems should be notified to us within 5 days when the procedure under MANUFACTURING DEFECTS will come into
  • Please note if installation is carried out by the customer we cannot accept any liability for damage or failure of these products if attributable to the installation