DIY Backyard Bowling Alley


Few people interested in bowling know that this game emerged in Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Roman Empire. However, the current form of it dates back in 1885.
Besides being a fun activity, bowling could also be considered a physical exercise similar to walking with free weights. You can burn calories and work your muscle groups while enjoying time with friends and family. Furthermore, this is one of the few sports extremely accessible to elderly people that can practice it easily at advanced ages.

In order to get the best results you have to understand the game technique and have an adequate space to play in. If your town does not provide such a place, why not build your own? Below you can see images on the process of building a bowling alley, from concept, to sketch, to construction.


Our local bowling alley closed down. So I decided to build my own.  From Concept, to Sketch, to Construction, to Redgreen-ing/Macgyver-ing, heres the final product for now.




DIY-Backyard-Bowling-Alley-5 Here’s The beginning work of “in theory” pully pin reset system.

11 Responses to “DIY Backyard Bowling Alley”

  1. Nick says:

    Those neighbours must hate you! Did you put some rubber on the back wall at least to suppress the thud they all must be hearing whenever you play?

    • Mark says:

      I think the idea is clever but what a horrible neighbor. If this guy thinks that kind of noise is ok then he must be an absolutely self-centered annoyance as a neighbor.

  2. Jeff hanes says:

    Awesome, thanks for the idea

  3. Jeff hanes says:

    Can you please send me the complete plans?

  4. Kellie says:

    It’s a cool idea in theory but….what happens to the pins that you knock down when you go for your spare? Also, how does the ball go to the outter edges to roll back to you? I see a few technical issues that I don’t think could be overcome unless you have a person stand at the end and moves the knocked down pins and makes sure the balls land in the gutter thing to roll back to the player.

  5. Kellie says:

    Oh and one other thing….I feel sorry for the people who live in that house…they have NO privacy in their back yard with the apartment building towering over the fence. That’s gotta suck!!!

  6. Manfred Eglseder says:

    Würde mich freuen einen Plan zubekommen

  7. MeiYue says:

    This is great!! Thank you for publishing it. I do have some questions though. First, how did you protect it from rain & bad weather? Second, how do you drain water out of the gutters without bugs & things crawling up through the holes? Certainly thinking about doing this also. Thanks again!

  8. Michelle says:

    How can I get these plans?

  9. Ken says:

    Love the idea and won’t to have a go at building one can you send me the plands thanks.

  10. Jim DIYer says:

    This looks like a great idea, and I have a friend that has already sent me 31 real pins and 5 balls, and it looks like I have a line on some used lanes from a real bowling alley. I am considering really doing this, and just seal the heck out of the lanes before exposing them to rain and sun….but this is a start. and yes, I see the drawbacks to spares etc., but, if you are playing with two teams, one team can be pin setters while the other team bowls, this saves a lot of technical questions and makes it a game similar to horseshoes in terms of participation! Think positive! if anyone has engineered these issues away, feel free to give us a suggestion or two.

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