How To Make a Ballet Barre

Do you like ballet?Do you want to practice in a studio or at home?You can make your own ballet barre with simple materials and construction, it can be mounted on the wall or freestanding anywhere in the room.

Step 1: Measure and mark the height.

To mark the height of your barre, use a tape measure and a pencil.Make the mark on your first brackets, whether it’s in the middle of your barre or one end.Buy brackets for closet rods or stairway handrails.The dancer’s waist level is the ideal height for the barre.The barre will sit on top of your brackets, so the height of it could be a few inches above your mark.If you want to check the placement of studs in your wall first, you can use an electronic stud finder or find studs based on wall outlets, nails in existing trim, or measuring in 16” increments from the wall.

Step 2: Measure and mark the distance to the brackets.

Attach your brackets to the wall by marking where you want them to go.Make sure each one is at the same height by using a level.The number of brackets should be adjusted according to the length of the barre.

Step 3: Put the drill in the brackets.

Attach the power drill to the brackets on the wall where you made the pencil marks.The number of screws will depend on the type and size of your brackets, but you will need enough to attach each one to the wall as well as another for each to affix the dowel.

Step 4: There are pre-drill holes.

To mark where the brackets will attach to your wooden dowel, use the same distance between brackets that you marked on the wall.Pre-drill holes at the spots to make attaching the brackets easier.You can mark the locations of the pre-drill holes by laying the dowel on the brackets.Look at the underside of the barre.

Step 5: Attach the piece of wood.

If you want to attach it with a screw through the brackets, you have to get underneath your barre.The whole apparatus can be mounted onto the wall if you attach it to the brackets first.Make sure you have helpers to hold it all together.

Step 6: There are posts for the barre.

Four pieces of pipe should be cut at 12” long for the base or feet of the posts.Get two pieces of pipe if you want your barre to be at the desired height.Overall height will be added by the joint pieces and feet, so you may want it cut to a slightly shorter length.The pieces will make a barre.If you want to make a double barre with two different heights, you will need to have four different sections of pipe and two extra cross joints.The dancer’s waist level is the ideal height for the barre.

Step 7: The barre should be used with wood orPVC pipe.

You can get cut to your desired length for the barre.Some of the length will be absorbed by the joints used to assemble the barre, so you might want to add a few inches to your length before cutting.If you are making a double barre at two different heights, you will need two lengths.

Step 8: There are joints for the pipe.

You can buy joint pieces that are the same diameter as your pipe.Six 90-degree elbow joints and two T-shaped cross joints are required.If you are making a double barre, you will need two extra cross joint pieces.

Step 9: Take the pieces and put them together.

Pick out the pieces of your barre.Two 12” pieces of pipe with a cross joint in the middle and two elbow pieces on the opposite ends are connected.To finish your first post, place the piece for the height of your barre into the cross piece.The second post should be assembled the same way.Attach your wooden or plastic piece to the top of your posts with elbow joints.Attach your lower bar to your posts with cross pieces.Put the second piece of post into the cross pieces.Use two elbow joints to add the top bar.

Step 10: You can attach foam to the feet.

If you don’t want your barre to move around or scratch floors, buy craft foam or rubber to stick to the bottom of the feet.Cut pieces of foam in squares or circles to fit the elbow joints.If the foam overlaps the edges slightly, it will offer more protection.You can use self-adhesive foam sheets to affix the foam.