The squat rack is an essential part of any gym; commercial, home, or otherwise.
And as you build your ideal home workout gym, you’ll want to have a reliable, high-quality squat rack that doesn’t take up a lot of space.
In other words, you will want to have a wall-mounted squat rack.
Thanks to improved technology, squat racks have come far since they were first invented in the late ‘20s.
They used to be bulky and take up a ridiculous amount of space.
Thanks to the invention of the wall-mounted squat rack, you’re able to get the benefits you’d expect from a traditional squat rack, adding to the feng shui of your house–all without breaking the bank.
Not only that, but an excellent wall-mounted squat rack (like the ones you’ll find on our list below) allows you to utilize the wall as extra storage space for barbells and plates.
Below, we go over what to look for in a wall-mounted squat rack, and rank the best 4 wall-mounted squat racks you can get your hands on in 2020.
To round it off, at the bottom of the article, you’ll find answers to many of the most frequently asked questions people have when choosing a wall-mounted squat rack.
Without further ado, let’s get into it!
For those who want a quick overview, below is our comparison table:
We’ve always been big fans of Rogue Fitness, and they certainly don’t disappoint with this power rack. The RML-3WC Fitness Monster Lite comes with everything you need in a wall-mounted squat rack.
For starters, it’s fully retractable; so, when you aren’t working out, you can fold the entire thing into the wall so that it juts out through the width of the upright posts. You can use that space for other purposes and simply unfold the squat rack again when you need it.
This video below shows a good example of just how little space it takes when folded and how quickly it takes to set up.
But, what makes this squat rack unique is a nice safety feature called “Westside Hole Spacing.”
This means that the adjustable J-hook holes found in the uprights are closer at the bottom while further apart in the middle and top of the rack.
This provides precise spacing and racking for your bench presses and you can get really specific on where the barbell can be supported by the hooks as you rep out chest presses.
This is especially important if you plan on working out by yourself
This power rack measures 21.5 inches from the wall and it comes with two stringers that act as supportive brackets to keep it firmly attached to the wall.
You’ll use one stringer to mount the bottom hinge brackets and the other to mount the top. The stringers usually have “Rogue” etched in the middle and they allow the rack to support more weight.
With 3” x 3” uprights made from 11-gauge steel, an adjustable pull-up bar, and a variety of colors to choose from, it doesn’t get better than the Rogue Fitness Monster Lite RML-3WC Power Rack.
Final Thoughts: All told, you won’t find a better squat rack than the Rogue Fitness Monster Lite RML-3WC Power Rack. Well done, Rogue
Next, we have this sleek and sturdy model from PRx, with its myriad of positive reviews and simple but effective design.
If you want the most cost-effective squat rack, this isn’t the choice for you.
But if you want the squat rack that is well built, easy to store, takes up little space, and uses the latest technology with the most up-to-date design, this is the one you want.
It’s made from 11-gauge steel that measures 2” x 3” and it’s easy to install since all the required components are included with the package.
Also included are plastic footplates that are designed to protect your floors from getting scratched or scuffed by the squat rack.
This is in addition to a 42-inch pull-up bar and a weight capacity of up to 1000 pounds.
You’ll also be glad to know that this squat rack is fully foldable and only juts out 4 inches from the wall when not in use, compared to Rouge which juts out 5 inches (image below shows just how little space it takes up).
One caveat to note, is while it takes up very little space outwardly from the wall, it does require ceilings of 9 feet or higher to be installed. For most this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you are limited in space vertically, the Rogue or the options below will be better suited.
Final Thoughts: The PRX squat rack is a solid piece of equipment. It’s easy to install and it makes it easy to continue lifting even if you have a small area to work with. There is a caveat–the price. If you are looking for a budget option, this isn’t the one for you.
If you’re looking for a good middle ground between price and quality, the REP PR-1400 rack is the one you want.
It comes in 2 sizes–21.5” depth and 41” depth– both of which will take up a considerable amount of space in your garage gym.
If you’re looking for the more compact option of the two, the 21.5″ option is the one you want, as it juts out 6.5″ when folded. (This still takes up more space than all other options on our list).
The other option–the 41” option– is great if you want to do more specialized movements, like kipping pull-ups.
If you’re looking to save space, however, look elsewhere, as it juts out 2 feet from the wall when folded.
When it comes to quality, this Rep model is excellent–it’s made from 11-gauge steel and measures 3” x 3” in the uprights
And where it excels, is in its versatility.
It has an easy-to-adjust 1.25-inch pull-up bar, which means you can place it wherever you want and grip it with ease.
And regardless of the size you choose, this power rack is compatible with other REP Fitness equipment, such as their PR-4000 Landmine attachment (great for shoulder and core exercises) and PR-4000 Dip attachment.
Another awesome thing for this model is its own unique take Westside spacing.
At the bench press area of the uprights, there are J-hook holes measuring an inch apart.
Above and below the bench press area, the J-hook holes are spaced out at 2 inches apart. This makes for a safe lifting experience, no matter what movement you’re performing.
Final Thoughts: With its simple design and affordable pricing, it’s easy to like the REP PR-4100. The main issue with it is the fact that it takes up a lot of space compared to the other models on this list, but it makes up for this with its affordable price tag.
A list of the best wall mounted squat racks wouldn’t be complete without this T-3 Series short folding power rack from Titan Fitness.
In many ways, Titan ripped off Rogue, and while Rogue is American sourced with a high standard of quality, Titan outsource their manufacturing to China.
So what do you get?
A low-quality squat rack at nearly half the price.
So the real question is, how much worse quality is it?
I can tell you first-hand, as my brother owns one of these in his garage.
It’s not amazing, but it’s decent.
There are a couple blemishes in the appearances and a couple screws were missing in the initial delivery, so installation required a couple drives to Home Depot.
You won’t get this with Rogue or PRx.
But all in all, it’s been great for him, and nearly a year in to having it, he has no complaints and was able to save a bit of money.
So let’s dive into some of the features.
This budget-friendly rack is just 21.5” deep, matching the wall depth of all the other racks on our list, and just out only about 5 inches from the wall when folded (see above image).
It’s made of 2” x 3” 11-gauge steel upright posts for a solid maximum weight capacity of 1100 pounds–which should be more than enough for what you need it for.
Also included is a 2” pull-up bar which is thicker than a traditional pull-up bar, making it awkward for some to grip–not a dealbreaker, but can be annoying.
One thing I like about this Titan Fitness model is that it comes with four J-hooks in total–two more than the other models on this list.
Not a huge deal or a reason to end up choosing this Titan model, but can be nice to have attachments set up for both bench press and squatting without having to constantly switch them.
It also comes with 6” spaced side holes, making it easy to attach other lifting accessories as well, like a dip bar or battle ropes if you like.
Like mentioned above, its major downside is that it’s not the best quality. Unlike Rogue, which is made of American-made 11-gauge steel, Titan Fitness is sourced from China with lesser quality materials.
There’s also some little things here that pose a problem, like the fact that it doesn’t come with stringers, so you’ll have to find your get a stringer on your own.
For some reason, they often don’t include instructions, so I emailed Titan to ask if they had installation instructions to give you guys and they sent me this here, which should be helpful.
From reading through their reviews, and going through the various reddit forums, expect things to be more challenging to set up and imperfections in the steel.
But when you consider the fact that this Titan model is so damn affordable, you can’t really complain here.
Let’s be clear, like I mentioned above, the quality is decent, and should be good for most. And with a price point of just $299, for what you’re getting, this is an unbelievable value.
So, in summary, if you want the best quality option, Rogue and PRx are the no-brainers here, but you’ll pay for it.
But if you want a budget option that is solid for 90% of what people need a wall-mounted squat rack for, this Titan model gets the job done, and I highly recommend it.
Final Thoughts: Its simple design, large weight capacity, and ridiculously low price tag make the T-3 series from Titan Fitness a great option for those wanting a decent squat rack at an unbelievably affordable price. Look elsewhere on our list if you are looking for a top-quality option.
With anything in life, it’s much easier to make a decision when you know what to look for.
To help with this, we put together the following features that one should consider when choosing a wall-mounted squat rack, the most important one being what it’s made of, so let’s start there.
When it comes to wall-mounted squat racks, specifically, the first thing you must keep in mind is the material and size.
We recommend a wall-mounted rack made from 11-gauge steel with dimensions of 3” x 3”. Rack columns of this size offer the best stability and you can have peace of mind when working out knowing that your rack won’t buckle under pressure.
Sure, you could opt for 2×3 sized rack but just make sure that it’s made from quality gauge steel otherwise it won’t offer the same level of stability as the 3×3 size.
Unless you’re planning on lifting light, then it’s best to stay away from racks that use 2×2 columns because they won’t be able to handle a lot of weight and will most likely be disappointing when put them under pressure.
U.S. companies are known for making the best steel in the “biz”, so you should definitely opt for a U.S. steel unit as opposed to a Chinese import that might come with imperfections.
What you’re looking for here are laser-cut components and powder coating that gives it that smooth look without sticking to your clothes, and that’s what U.S. manufacturers guarantee.
Next, look out for a wall-mounted squat rack that you can use to experiment with different exercises, including squats, deadlifts, and floor bench presses.
Of course, a squat rack wouldn’t be complete without the capacity to hold an Olympic-size barbell and bumper plates/weight plates.
Keep in mind that the wider the distance between the upright posts, the better weight distribution you’ll have for your gear.
Another important consideration to make when looking for the best wall mounted squat rack are adjustable j-hooks.
These allow you to rack your barbell at various heights and they’re the key to floor presses, deadlifts, and shoulder presses.
Your j-hooks should be easy to adjust by sliding them in and out of spaced-out holes at differing heights.
Lastly, it’s nice to have a wall-mounted squat rack that features a fold-back design, especially if you have a small space. This makes it easier to store the rack by pushing it back against the wall after your workouts.
No. These machines have high-quality attachments so you can secure these racks to the wall without worrying about wall damage. As well, you can use additional brackets — extra security to attach the rack to the wall — to ensure the integrity of the wall doesn’t get wrecked.
The quick and dirty answer is yes, but there is one thing to keep in mind. Most of these racks aren’t built to withstand the elements; they will inevitably rust and break down faster than if they were mounted indoors.
However, there are ways to curtail this. You can use a sealant of some sort to protect the frame coating or, if you have an outdoor area that is covered by an awning or overhang, you should be okay for most of the year. Our suggestion? Do both just to be safe.
Seeing as most squat racks are made out of 11-gauge steel or stronger — and 11-gauge steel is mighty strong — a wall-mounted squat rack can hold a significant amount of weight. Whether you have a normal wall-mounted rack or a folding wall-mounted squat rack, it should be able to handle anywhere between 400 and 500 pounds.
This is important because you could reach a point in your lifting journey where you have a barbell and four plates on each side. That’s 405 pounds right there; if you’re squatting 405 pounds for reps, your legs are gonna be thick and muscular!
Look at each of our wall-mounted squat racks above to see each of their weight capacities.
Thankfully, each of our options above come with instructions on how to safely and correctly mount your wall-mounted squat rack. This will make sure you mount this exercise equipment the right way onto your wall, protecting both the wall and the rack.
If you want more information, check out That Tech Teacher explaining how to DIY-install your home gym folding rack. (He’s installing a Rogue Fitness Monster Lite RML-3WC folding weight rack, which is one of our products listed above.)
Now that you have your options narrowed down to four, go ahead and choose the wall-mounted squat rack that feels right to you and works within your budget.
If you were to ask us for advice on the best wall-mounted squat rack money can buy,, we’d definitely recommend the Rogue Fitness Monster Lite RML-3WC Power Rack. Why? Because it’s built like a tank and ticks all the boxes you would want from a perfectly made wall-mounted squat rack.
But, if you’re okay with sacrificing quality (but still gets the job done) in favor of a more affordable option, then you will love the Titan Fitness T3 Series.
Well there you have it. Now you have everything you need to make the right purchasing decision to get one step closer to having your ideal home gym.