Barre studios are pretty ubiquitous these days. I’ve taken a few classes and have really enjoyed them … but not necessarily the price tag. The new (chain) studio that just opened in our town charges about $20-24/class, depending on what package you get. To me, that qualifies as a ‘treat’, not something I’m going to do several times a week. I do, however, see a lot of benefits in the workouts and know that there are countless YouTube videos out there with various Barre workouts that could be done at home. We already have a makeshift gym in the basement, so I’ll I’d need to save myself $20+/workout is a glorified bar. So … with that, I give you my DIY Ballet Barre. Estimated Cost: $12.
Disclaimer: this ballet barre is for amateur, recreational use. It is not built to the same specifications that a ballet barre would be in a dance/fitness studio. If you’re training to be a ballerina, this is not for you – I’d recommend purchasing the proper equipment. If you’re looking to do some basic barre fitness routines at home, then this may be for you!
(1) 36-48″ 1 3/4″ thick doweling bar (sold at Home Depot, Lowes, Hobby Lobby)
(2) Handrail brackets (should come with the necessary screws)
Studfinder (or hammer and small nail)
Fortunately, this is a pretty straightforward DIY. First, find the wall in your home where you want to install the bar. You’re going to want to find the studs (pictured below…couldn’t help myself….hee he), which are usually 16 inches apart (sometimes 24 inches). This should help guide the size of doweling bar that you purchase. I’m assuming that you’re building this for one person, but if you’re planning on have your girlfriends (or boyfriends?) over to do this, you’ll want to adapt the instructions accordingly.
So, if you have 16″ studs and are using a 36″ doweling, find the studs and place the handrail brackets approximately 32″ apart (so that each bracket goes into a stud), and about 4 feet up from the floor (if you are particularly short or tall, you may want to adjust this measurement accordingly).
Place the doweling on top of the handrails and, using a pencil, mark where the screws will go into the wood doweling. Using a drill, drill holes into doweling bar.
Place on top of handrail brackets and screw in. Voila! Now you’re ready to get your workout on. (If you felt so inclined, you could certainly stain or paint the bar prior to installing. I may actually do that after the fact, when I have the time!)
Here are a couple of great Barre workouts to try once you complete this DIY!