Are you a home workout fiend? Many of us have had to adjust to working out at home, and that means we're looking for ways to upgrade our spaces. Whether that means buying a stationary bike, pulling out our favorite running shoes, or snagging a couple of dumbbells for your home gym, we're all adjusting our workout routines.
Now that we've been stuck inside for so long, it might be time to consider some serious updates. I've been thinking of adding in a pull up bar to my home gym. But every time I've used one of the tension based door bars, it simply doesn't hold. I've been looking for a truly sturdy option that won't break the bank.
The more I thought about it, the more obvious it was that the perfect solution was to DIY a pull-up bar for my home gym. If you're in the same boat as I am, making your own pullup bar is a great way to add tons of new exercises to your home gym (it's not just pullups), and choose exactly where and how you want it placed.
Whether you're looking for a DIY wall mounted pull up bar, or you'd rather try your hand at a ceiling mounted pull up bar, we've got you covered. Keep on reading to get a step by step on how to build your own diy pull up bar and make sure that it's sturdy, safe, and the perfect addition to your home gym. Not only do you end up with an incredibly cool piece that is very functional, you also get the fun of knowing you created it yourself.
Let's make 2021 the year of getting swol, and start by building your very own diy pull up bar. Time to lift, bro.
What kind of homemade pull up bar do you want?
The first question to ask yourself when you start the process of building your pull up bar is what kind do you want? You could use a doorway option, a wall mount, a ceiling mount, or even something freestanding. For this tutorial we're going to be showing you a ceiling mount, but you can certainly adjust it to fit other options for your diy pull up bar.
Get your materials
Here are the materials we're looking at for this project:
A single board, either 2x4 or 2x6. This is the base for your project, and you can choose the length. We recommend 54-60 inches.
3/4 inch pipe (the sturdier the better)
Two 3/4 inch flanges
Two 3/4 inch elbows
16 wood lag screws
Gather your tools
In addition to your materials you'll also want to have a socket wrench, a drill and drill bits, a stud finder and pencil, and a wrench. If you want to add a little something extra, you can also get spray paint for the pipe or stains/paints for the wood. Truly, whatever makes your heart sing.
Cutting your pipe
The pipe is the most important element of this DIY pull up bar. It's what you'll grip when you actually do your pull up. We recommended 3/4 inch pipe, but you could go slightly larger if you wanted. See how each size feels in your hand before making your selection.
In terms of length, you're looking for the length of your pull up bar here, so make sure that you choose the length of your board first, then make your pipe about ten inches shorter. You can also cut two smaller pieces if you want your bar to hang lower from the ceiling. We recommend about nine inches.
You can most likely get the pipes cut when you buy them, so bring your measurements along!
Start with beautifying your DIY pull up bar
This might seem backwards, but if you are planning to paint or stain your project, that's what you'll want to do first. Since you'll want to spray paint your pipe separately from your wood, it's important to do this before you put all the pieces together.
Find your studs
Next up, use your stud finder to locate your studs and mark them. This is where the pull up bar will sit. If you're tweaking this plan to be a wall mount, you'll want to locate your studs first so that you size your board correctly. You want the ends to be sitting right on those studs.
Put together the pipes
Start by taking your shorter pipe pieces and threading them into the elbows. Then add your long piece to the other side of the elbows. Do your best to make it as square as possible. Add your flanges at the open ends of the short pieces. Use your wrench to tighten everything up. Voila! Here's the base of your DIY pull up bar.
Connect your pipes to your wood
Now you're going to want to place this pipe contraption on your wood and use your pencil to mark the flange holes. Pre-drill for your screws, then attach it all with the screws. You can use a wrench if you need.
Put that pull up bar on the ceiling
Pre-drill a few more holes through the board and into your ceiling, and attach the whole thing to the ceiling with your final screws. Make sure these ones are good and tight, since they're going to be holding your body weight.
Test it out!
Whatever you do, do not jump up and put your full body weight on your fresh, homemade pull up bar. Start by pulling a chair under it and adding more and more weight to make sure it will hold you. You always want to be cautious when trusting your body weight to a piece of equipment.
Now you're ready to start banging out those reps with your very own DIY pull up bar.