How To Make A Pull Up Bar

How To Make A Pull Up Bar At Home For A Convenient And Constant Workout Exercise

We all want to have a fit, strong, and good looking body, don't we? The reason behind this is because we want to be confident of ourselves, as well as to become more capable of doing more things in our life. We become more productive, and we start to feel happy with our lives because we're satisfied with how we look and how we can do things.

But how can we achieve this kind of body? There are a lot of ways, but one of the best things you can do is to make a pull-up bar at home. It’s through this that you’ll be able to strengthen your arm, chest, and shoulder muscles. You’ll then be a stronger person. Choose the most suitable pull up bar for yourself. Other important gears should be conducted, including resistance bands, balance board, etc.

What You Will Need

1. Piece of Wood
How To Make A Pull Up Bar#Piece Of Wood

The first thing you're going to need is a piece of wood. There is no exact measurement as to how long or how thick the block of wood should be because it depends on the place where you're going to install it.

However, it’s recommended that it should be around the dimensions of 2 x 6 x 8 inches. This measurement would fit in mostly any place you want to install it in. Just be sure that it’s of high quality.

2. Galvanized 90-degree Elbows
How To Make A Pull Up Bar#Galvanized 90 Degree Elbows

You also need to have a galvanized 90-degree elbow. Prepare two pieces. This will serve as the connector that you’re going to attach to the wall or ceiling that you intend to install your pull up bar onto. Its measurement should be around 1 to 2 inches in diameter.

When choosing one, see to it that there are no signs of rusting or cracking. Make sure that it’s in excellent condition because this is the one which will absorb most of your weight when doing pull ups.

3. Galvanized Flanges
How To Make A Pull Up Bar#Galvanized Flanges

Prepare two pieces of galvanized flanges, which measures 1 to 2 inches in diameter. If your galvanized elbows have a different size than this one, make sure you also get the same size for your flanges. Its holes should not be less than five because these give you leverage when you're pulling up your weight. See to it that its whirling pattern will tightly fit on your galvanized elbows.

4. Drill Bit Adapter
How To Make A Pull Up Bar#Drill Bit Adapter

Prepare one piece of drill bit adapter measuring roughly 3/8 inches in diameter. It's best if you get one that is coated with anti-rust or anti-corrosion layering. This is to make sure that it wouldn’t deteriorate in the long run, especially that this experience constant friction as you pull yourself up the bar later on. It would also be better if you choose one that has a patterned texture on its surface so that you can easily install it.

5. Wood Lag Screws
How To Make A Pull Up Bar#Wood Lag Screws

Prepare eight pieces of wood lag screws. You're going to need this to stick and hold up the weight of the bar on the wall or ceiling. Choose wood lag screws that have a hole hook at its other tip. This will serve as a multipurpose part where you can hang something onto if ever you need to.

6. Black Pipe
How To Make A Pull Up Bar#Black Pipe

This is the most important part you need to prepare because this is where you'll be holding onto when doing pull ups. Prepare one piece of black pipe to have a measurement of around ¾ by 48 inches. This length would be enough to accommodate your weight easily. When choosing one, make sure that the surface of the pipe is smooth and is coated with anti-rust or anti-corrosion layering.

It’s through these that you avoid getting calluses and hand sores from the constant friction between your hands and the pipe. The color black is recommended because it doesn’t easily catch dirt and stains.

7. Drill Bit Set
How To Make A Pull Up Bar#Drill Bit Set

Lastly, you're going to need a drill bit set. This is also a valuable tool because the drill bits are the ones that punch a hole through the surface where you're going to install it on. Prepare a drill bit set that contains eight pieces. This would be enough to support the pipe and the flanges. If you want to make sure that the installation process will go smoothly, settle for a drill bit set that contains more pieces. This will allow you to have a lot of options if ever a drill bit won't can perfectly fit.

Knowing the Process

Step #1: Thread the Steel Pipe to the 90-degree Elbow

Prepare the 18-inch galvanized steel pipe and thread it on the end of the galvanized 90-degree elbow. Make sure that you slowly thread it so that it wouldn’t loosen up later on. Repeat the process using the other galvanized pipe and elbow. If you have sweaty hands, you can use gloves when you’re threading it so that your hands won’t slip off of it.

Step #2: Tighten the Steel Pipe

Tighten up the 48-inch galvanized steel pipe to the other end of the galvanized elbows. As you're doing this, make sure that you the level of tightness is equal to the previous pipe and elbow that you've attached to each other. Once you're done tightening it up, you can then repeat the same process using the other 90-degree elbow. It is better if you only use your hands in tightening them so that it would the placement would be more precise.

Step #3: Thread the Flange to the 18-inch Steel Pipe

Then thread one flange on the other end of the 18-inch steel pipe. Use the pipe that you first used. Thread it in a way that the attached flange will be facing the opposite direction of the pipe. This is a vital process because this is where the strength of your homemade pull-up bar will mostly be relying on. When you’re done threading it, always try to give it a second glance and make sure your work is properly done.

Step #4: Getting the Square Shape

Turn the bar and let it rest on the ground. The flanges should be laid flat on the floor. Make sure that the positioning of the bar and the pipe resembles a square shape. If it doesn’t appear to be a perfect square, you can loosen up some of the elbows and tighten the opposite end. Do estimates in figuring out if it already looks good.

Step #5: Tighten the Connections and Mark the Spot

You then need to tighten up every connection between the elbows and the flanges. Use a pipe wrench in tightening these up. This will help give you an easier time ensuring that there are no loose threads. If you don't have a pipe wrench, you can use channel locks instead. It does the same job with the pipe wrench. After that, use a marker to mark the spot where you're going to place the support studs and beams. Know that you're going to install it on the 2 x 6 x 8 piece of wood. This is also the time where you drill holes to accommodate the lag screws later.

Step #6: Place the Bar on the Wood

Gently position the bar you’ve recently finished working on onto the marked spot on the wood. Make sure that as you’re doing this, you’re also covering the marked studs. See to it that the edges of the bar won’t overlap with the wood. A proportionally aligned bar and wood will make your pull up sessions more stable.

Step #7: Mark a Spot on the Wood and Drill for the Wood Lag Screws

Use a marker to mark the spot on the wood where you would want to punch in 4 holes. There should be four marked spots. Evenly distribute them. Make sure that they're not too close with one another and not too close to the edges. After this, drill a hole where you're going to insert the wood lag screws later on.

Step #8: Attach the Bar to the Piece of Wood

Proceed to use the eight wood lag screws in attaching the bar to the piece of wood. As you're doing this, it would also be better if you're also tightening it up. You can use a socket wrench to tighten the bar easily. When you're done doing it, don't hesitate to give it a second or third look. Remember, your safety depends on the quality of your homemade pull-up bar.

Step #9 Install it on the Ceiling

Use the remaining wood lag screws in attaching the piece of wood to your ceiling. The steel pipe should be sturdy and well positioned at this time. The support studs and beams should also be tightened even more. Use a socket wrench to ensure that it is tight.

You can also check out this video on how to make a homemade pull-up bar

Pro Tips

  • Before making your pull up bar, make sure that you do basic carpentry training.
  • You can watch tutorial videos on how to properly hold tools.
  • Inspect the ceiling first before installing the pull up bar on it. Make sure that it is strong, tight, and doesn’t have any dilapidated wood on it.


Making your homemade pull-up bar is not a difficult task. It is a doable project that will help you achieve a strong and fit body. You don't need to spend a hundred bucks just to get a decent pull-up bar. You can make your own by just following the steps mentioned in this article. When you're done making one, there's no doubt you're going to have a vigorous and good looking body that you've always wanted to have.

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