Pull up bars are an excellent way to get a full body workout at home without taking up too much space. You can add pullup bars in your backyard, garage, or even an apartment doorway. For the advanced athlete,
add a weighted dip belt to increase intensity.
We’ve pulled together these DIY pull up bar plans so you can make your own rig for a fraction of the price.
This bars use minimal equipment, repurposed materials and can be made cheap.
This A-frame style pull up bar is made from a frame of 8-foot long 2"x6" wood. The bottom of the frame is a sqaure, four feet on each side, that makes up the base.
This setup uses a steel pipe for teh bar itself, with flanges to attach it to the frame.
This setup is also designed for outdoor use, and includes steps to paint and seal the wood to protect it from the elements.
The design is short enough to easily lift and maneuver, and stable enough for pull ups for most people (though you may want to tie it down for muscle-ups).
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This free standing pull-up bar is made as a single, verticle frame. You'll need 2 posts (the example uses 3.5" x 3.5"), each as long as you want the frame to be tall.
The supports for this are made of several shorter pieces, fitted diagonally at the bottom, as well as supports to stabilize the base.
Fully attaching the base like this makes the whole frame more stable, while the bar itself holds things together at the top.
Like the last one, this pull up bar uses a threaded steel pipe for the bar, with flanges to attach it. The frame is rectangular, with a square base.
This project can take as little as an hour, and while not the smallest, it's easy to move around, from the garage to the yard and back again.
This free-standing pull up bar is a little more involved. It requires more tools, and is best done in a shop.
The goal is to produce a frame with a more professional finish, rather than a functional but less aesthetic setup to keep in the garage.
However if you have all the tools, this setup is durable and high-quality, and it minimizes the number of bulky pieces involved, since much of the frame is welded together.
The design is ultimately simpler, since the steel attachments are significantly stronger than 2"x 4"s.
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This garage chin-up bar is made from 2" x 4"s and a steel pipe, and is meant to be mounted to a wall.
It's much smaller than the previous three frames, and is made with basic supplies.
The design provides a downloadable cut list to simplify your work.
Overall, this design is one of the smaller DIY pull-up bars, and while it isn't mobile, it can fit in just about any space, so long as it has wall studs to drill into.
The Cook & The Coach
This pull up bar design is the most portable free-standing frame.
It's designed to set up and break down in just a few seconds, and can fit easily into travel packing.
It's also a simple design, and materials total around $75. The frame and bar are both made from steep pipe, with a sturdy wooden base.
The base is simple for supprot, with flanges that attach to wider pipe than the frame -- so the frame just slides right into the base.
This setup is designed as a bodyweight gym.
It's similar to the first for the pull up bar section, but the full base also includes a set of dip bars for a larger variety of bodyweight exercises.
All of these are attached to the same base, which is fully built out.
This setup is extensive and less portable, but is very sturdy. It's meant to be used as a more permanent garage or backyard setup.
Build Things From Stuff
This is your standard door frame pull up bar, but made at home and designed not to break the bank.
The design is super portable, as you would expect from a door frame bar, but made entirely of PVC. Materials can be found for less than $30, and the same amount of time.
Simply cut and assemble the PVC pipe, elbows, and crosses, and this setup is good to hang over any door with a frame.
This setup is the only one that offers a full 4 positions. Like the others, materials are easy to find, but building it requires a little more care.
The bar is assembled first and then bolted to a mount. The hold frame is then bolted to ceiling studs with 5-inch lag bolts.
As this bar is bolted to the ceiling, it isn't portable; however, the design is compact and out of the way, so it can fit in any space.
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If do-it-yourself projects are not your thing, or if you want something to match the rest of your home gym, consider purchasing a pre-built pull up bar.
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