How to make and install a ballet barre at home

by nightask - June 9, 2019

Barre enthusiasts testify that ballet-inspired exercise can help you develop strength, firm up your core, and sculpt a dancer’s booty. Having said that, to achieve high workout performance, you may think of installing a ballet barre at home. Without it, even everyday training will not give the desired result. Hanging a ballet barre in your home will encourage practice.

Pick the place for ballet barre

Choosing which wall will be a very personal choice and will most probably count on how much space you have to spare. The barre can be as short as a couple of feet or as long as your workout room will permit. Consider hanging a large mirror on a wall opposite for checking your technique

There should be enough territory to move the legs. Make sure there is plenty of room to raise your straight leg to the front and to the back. If you are building this for small kids, you may want to consider long-term use as they grow up.

Once you have selected the best location, it’s time to plan and to measure. The longer the barre, the more brackets will you need to support it. Have the pre-measured length and number of brackets. The reason why it’s normally less complicated to have the barre pre-measured is so the hardware shop can cut the wooden pin to the size you require. I found this super useful, one less tool to have to purchase or hire.

Select the type of ballet barre

There are plenty of models of a ballet barre to choose from. They vary in both the configuration and mounting method. Sometimes the answer to picking the right ballet barre comes down to the living space you have available.

Single-row or double-row

To start with, the ballet barre can be single-row (single handrail) or double-row (one- above, the other– a bit lower). The second option is suitable only for specialized dancing venues with various age groups. For home fitness workouts, a single-row type is usually people opted for. Again, if you anticipate your child to be involved in ballet for more than a couple of months, keep in mind the body growth aspect. If you do not want to re-install a new ballet barre every other 6 months, choose the one with telescopic standpoints or multiple levels for the beams parallel to the flooring.

Fixed or mobile

If you don’t have a lot of wall available you just need to get a portable one, but if you can choose between the two of them you may wish to contemplate the following facts.

Mounted barres are a lot more steady than portable ones, so if you want to do stretches where you put your whole entire body weight on the bar or pull from it. Since it is mounted in the wall you will not be able to change the placement of it easily.

Portable barres necessitate a much easier installation, you are even able to assemble them by yourself and you have the advantage that you can relocate them around to different places of your house if you want, or even if you move to a different place, even outdoors. You really need to get a good quality portable barre if you want stability for your exercises.

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How to make a ballet barre

If you are not too wealthy, not pleased with what is offered in the marketplace, not sure that your youngster’s passion is for a long term, or ready-made alternatives do not fit in your home, you can make a ballet barre with your own hands. You won’t need many elements: a smooth polished handrail of the required length, number of supports (a minimum of three), wall plugs and some good screws.

A standard handrail is 40-50 mm in diameter. The handrail may be of various lengths, but the standard is between 2 and 5 meters. The distance from the wall is 325 mm. The barre can stretch along the entire wall or be cut off to a smaller size.

The best choice for a handrail will be beech or oak, but in case of emergency, a chrome pipe will do as well. The wooden handrail should not be coated with varnish or some other chemical form since the palm sweat is supposed to be sucked in by the handrail. This makes it possible for hands to stay dry and helps avoid traumas.

Remember – do not buy cheap parts and better use environmentally friendly materials. Chinese components for ballet barre models may contain volatile inclusions, which can actually poison you in some conditions.

Since it is now much cheaper to make a ballet barre at home by yourself, and even take into account the individual features of the apartment, lots of folks use this method.

How to install a ballet barre

According to the measured height level, places on the wall are marked. That is where the ballet barre will be installed. The handrail must be at the same level where the lowest rib of a dancer (upper – 1100 мм off the floor, lower – 750 мм off the floor) and the distance between the racks – 2 meters.

The holes in the wall then shall be drilled according to those marked instances (4 on each stand). The dowels are then screwed into the holes and the stands are mounted. The bar is inserted into the holders. If you are using a pipe rather than wood, you will want to insert the plugs in it.

The most reliable fixation is considered both in the flooring and in the wall. If the walls are thin and unreliable, the equipment is secured only to the floor, but bear in mind that the racks may loosen in time and get uncomfortable for the exercises.