Simple Steps to Build a DIY Squat Rack at Home | 22 Words | 22 Words

Do you love working out at home? Even if you don't, COVID has made most of us adjust our workout routines and turned us into self-motivators. I'm looking for ways to upgrade my home gym, and I know I'm not the only one. Whether you're finding a new stationary bike, trying to snag a couple of dumbbells, or putting in a pull up bar, now is the time to improve your home gym.

One of my biggest pet peeves about working out at home is that I can't really load up for my lifting without a proper power rack. The solution? Make my own! I took some time and figured out how to create a homemade power rack, and luckily for you, I'm sharing that with you. Now you'll know how to build your own squat rack, and you can DIY it all at home.

Not only that, but it's significantly cheaper than buying a rack. You'll only be spending about $50 on materials, and the whole thing can be done in about one afternoon. This is one of those times where the DIY squat rack is definitely better than the buy.

The best part is that these plans can easily be adjusted. You aren't limited to a DIY squat rack. You can add different levels for bench or other exercises too. All you have to do is cut your posts higher or lower to match the size you want. In just ten slides, I'll show you how to build your own squat rack, and you'll be free to start getting those reps in no time.

Let's make 2021 the year of getting swol. The best way to start is with those glutes my friends. And that means it's time to head down to squat town. Let's start doing some reps!

Choose Your Space

Home gym with squat rack, weights, and bench.


A DIY squat rack takes up quite a bit of space. Your first step is to decide where you're going to place it and measure that area. This plan has measurements on it, but you can adjust them to fit your own space if you want. Make sure you know what will fit before you start cutting!

Get Your Materials

Blurred stack new wooden bars on shelves inside lumber yard of large hardware store


Now it's time to go shopping for the materials for your homemade power rack. Here's what you'll need:

  • Two 5 gallon buckets
  • Two 60 pound bags of concrete
  • Two four by four posts, 8 ft long
  • Six quarter inch by six inch lags


Female carpenter measuring wooden board in workshop


Ideally your homemade squat rack will be slightly below your shoulder height. This means you'll be able to unrack your bar without getting stuck. Measure yourself and mark the size on your 4x4s. Make sure you make this mark on all four sides of your post to ensure you're cutting at the right height.


A young woman cuts a board with a large saw


Cut your posts at the height you marked! Since these posts are so thick, you'll probably need to do a few passes. The best way is to cut, then flip the post and cut again. You're now most of the way done with your homemade squat rack. Told you this would be easy.

Make your notches

Carpenter working on an electric buzz saw cutting some boards, he is wearing safety glasses and hearing protection to make things safe


On each of those posts, measure down about an inch. Mark at the center of the post, then turn to the opposite side and mark the center there. You'll want to cut a v shape into the wood starting at the top corner and going down to that middle mark. This is where your bar will rest, which is a pretty important part of your DIY power rack.

Anchor your posts

Pile of Cement in bags, stacked for a construction project.


Stick your post directly in the center of your bucket. This is what is going to hold your posts in place. All you have to do is add in your dry concrete, level your post as necessary, and add the water. Depending on your type of concrete, the wait time will vary. But most likely you'll be waiting about 24 hours for that concrete to set.

Again on the other side!

A muscular man squatting a heavy barbell drawn in a colorful cartoon style


Make sure you have each post anchored in its own bucket. Your DIY power rack is done! Seriously, it's that easy. If you want to upgrade you can always paint or fine-tune it a little bit, but you've got a working homemade squat rack on your hands.

Set it up

Home gym with mat, weights, and stationary bike


Now all you have to do is move your buckets to your squat location and you're ready to start working out. Remember that these are freestanding: you're not going to be anchored to the wall at all. You may want to use a bit of extra caution when racking and unracking on your homemade power rack.


A young woman in the middle of a squat


My favorite thing about this low-cost squat rack is that the buckets aren't connected to each other. If you need to slide them into a corner for storage, they take up almost no space. If you get a new bar that's a different size than your old one, you can adjust the width of your stand to match. There are some benefits to this DIY squat rack.

Get lifting

A man reaches the top of his squat and racks his bar


The only thing left to do now is to use your DIY squat rack. It's time to start lifting! Let's get in some reps!