Inside: Make a wall-mounted wood ballet barre in this easy step-by-step tutorial.
Bend, squat, kick and dip…as long as you can do all that you have space to install a ballet barre in your home. If you don’t have a home gym you can put it in a bedroom, office or in a laundry room and have it double as a way to hang wet clothes.
The cost of a wall-mounted ballet bar including the handrail mounting brackets costs around $20
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*Before you get started make sure you have your Safety Gear. For this project, I recommend safety goggles, ear protection, and a P100 mask.
How to Determine the Height, Length and Diameter of a Ballet Barre
The height to hang a ballet barre varies based on the height of the person using the barre. Therefore the height for a child will be lower than for an adult. Also, consider if it’s for a short vs. a tall adult. Mount the barre at about the height of the main user’s elbow/lower ribs area. To see more specifics check out this post on barre height installation.
I installed my barre at about 41 inches high and I am 5′ 3″. My suggestion is to install it at the height that feels most comfortable to you that fits with your specific exercise routine.
The length of the bar should be no shorter than 24″ and as long as the available wall space. The diameter can vary between 1″ to 2″.
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Here is what you need, and the steps to make and mount the ballet barre.
TOOLS NEEDED FOR DIY BALLET BARRE
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR DIY BALLET BARRE
- Wood dowel 2 inches x 48 inches long
- Painter’s tape (optional)
- Wood stain – I used Minwax Dark Walnut and Weathered Oak
- 220 grit sandpaper
- 2 – handrail brackets
CUTS FOR DIY BALLET BARRE
*Base your cuts on the space available and desired length. If you don’t have access to a saw, have the hardware store cut the dowel for you.
- Dowel – 44 inches
*Tip wrap painter’s tape around the wood when sawing to help prevent the wood from splintering.
STEPS TO MAKE DIY BALLET BARRE
Step 1) After the cuts are made apply your chosen stain. I chose two stains and layered them starting with dark walnut then Minwax weathered oak and one more time with dark walnut. This layering effect gave the wood a gray-brown color. Lightly sand the dowel to give it a more rustic look if you prefer.
Step 2) Use a stud finder to locate the studs on the wall. Mark the holes for the handrail bracket screws. Since studs are usually placed 16 inches apart I was able to place my brackets about 32 inches apart. Drill holes for the brackets and install the screws.
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Step 3) Mark and drill the holes for the handrail brackets.
Step 4) Center the wood dowel on the handrails and screw the brackets in place to attach the wood dowel.
Now bend, squat, kick and dip til you can’t dip no more!
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