How to Build a Pull-Up Bar at Home

As finances get tighter and living a life of fitness increases in popularity, you might find yourself turning to homemade workout equipment. However, you may not know if or how you want to tackle this challenge. Let’s take a look at the pros, cons and how to build a permanent and temporary pull-up bar at home. It is possible you have everything you need simply laying around your house!

Build a Pull-Up Bar at Home

Why Build Instead of Buy

The first and probably the most obvious reason is to save money. If one has all the supplies laying around to make one, they may not have to spend a dime!Next, it’s very simple and quick to build one. This may come as a surprise to you, but nearly anyone can do it. Plus, it’s always fun to explore your creative side and make something you can be proud of!Finally, you can place it wherever you like! If it’s wanted in the backyard, garage, attic, etc. you may put it there! In this way, even if you rent you can still have access to one without causing any damage to the house, like most of the pull-up bars on the market today inevitably do.

Can I Mess it Up

Making one homemade is really, really easy, it would be hard to mess up, however I suppose it is possible. Some things to consider:

  • Do you have experience with power tools? For some projects, you will need knowledge of how to use them. If you’re not experienced, do you know a friend or family member who can help?
  • Are you willing to sacrifice safety assurance for a cheaper, or free, price? A homemade bar does not come with a safety guarantee, even though, if made correctly, they are very stable. Do you want to chance an injury due to a mistake in your craftsmanship?

How to Make a Temporary Structure

This is for those of you who have limited supplies and/or need something you can easily take down and then reassemble when in need of it.What you will need:

  • 1 long bar/pipe
  • 1 shorter bar/pipe
  • 2 tie down straps
  • An attic


  • Open attic and place the long rod evenly across opening.
  • Loop both tie down straps from the rod on opposite sides and adjust length to allow for a full chin-up (you don’t want to hit our head on the roof).
  • Place shorter bar in loops.
  • You’re done. Test it out!

Insanely easy, right? And very likely free to build! An additional benefit is this particular project doesn’t require any power tools.It will not be as stationary as other homemade ideas, as it sits on flexible straps, but it will serve through some intense workouts!

How to Build a Permanent Structure

This is for those looking for a more stable, stationary built piece of equipment, this will be comparable to the strength of the Ultimate Body Press Wall Mounted Pull-Up Bar. It involves a little more supplies and time to make, but it is usually the more preferred method. This has to be made and used outdoors.

What you will need:

  • 2 large wooden beams
  • 2 pins (iron and capable of holding the beams inside)
  • 8 hex screws
  • 1 pipe/rod
  • 2 fittings for the end of the pipe/rod
  • Ratchet wrench
  • Hammer
  • Drill and bit


  • Mark beams approximately 3 inches from the top.
  • Drill holes completely through the beams where you made your marks. Be sure the holes are large enough for the pipe to fit into.
  • Use hammer to whack the iron pins into the ground.
  • Attach beams to the pins and secure each with 4 screws using the ratchet wrench and drill.
  • Slide the cross piece into the holes on each beam and secure with the fitted ends.

That’s all there is to it! Another mind-blowingly simple way to construct one!

What Are You Waiting For

You have everything you need to get started! So, get out there and start building and saving money to improve your fitness levels! If you’re lacking in some supplies, a great place to look is at any local junk yard. They always have random parts laying around they have little use for. If you ask nicely, they might give stuff to you for free. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.However, always remember to put safety first and to educate any children who will be around on proper ways to use your structure. In this way, you will alleviate concerns anyone may have on using a homemade product that has not been tested professionally for its strength or durability. Good luck on your journey to physical fitness and a healthier, happier life in the future!