DIY Pullup Bars

Are you tired of moving and squeaky door frame pullup bars? Here is my DIY recipe for building solid, variable & removable pullup bars.

Instead of pressuring the door frame by an expanding pullup bar or attaching all of the weight to the frame itself I always build pillars out of small wooden boards. At the bottom I usually make a cutaway for the plinth. This way most of the load is transfered to the ground.  Start by drilling out holes with the diameter of the pullup bar at the desired height. If you  make various holes, you can move the bar around if someone smaller or bigger wants to train with you or if you want to mount multiple bars.  When you are done with the drilling connect the holes to one side at an angle of around 45 degrees with a jigsaw or whatever you have at hand. If your hole is at the top your cutaway can also face upwards. In most of my cases I had wooden frames so I only had to screw the pillars into the frame to hold them in place after I finished painting them. In picture one I made a bar for this oriel and simply screwed the board into the wall with screw anchors.

Plans for the future: Mounting the pillars at an angle of 20 degrees as a base for a removable campusboard! Let me know if you got some inspiration from this or if you build one yourself. Have fun pulling yourself up - the world looks better from above :)

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Abraham (Tuesday, 06 March 2018 23:33)

    This is cool! Excellent idea!

  • #2

    Birthe (Wednesday, 06 June 2018 19:29)

    Hi, I really like your wooden bar. Which wood and diameter would you recommend for a bar of 1,2m length?

  • #3

    Fingerschinder (Wednesday, 06 June 2018 19:51)

    Dear Birthe,

    For 1,2 m length I would recommend a metal one with a diameter of 35 mm and a wall thickness of 3 mm to be on the safe side. I personally would use ash wood only in tighter doorframes.

    Let me know if you have any further questions.
    All the best for your pullup bar DIY project.


  • #4

    Andrew (Friday, 02 August 2019 14:01)

    This is such a great idea, I'd like to make one of these with slots for adjustable heights for my daughters bedroom doorway. Can you tell me the dimensions you used for the wooden uprights?
    For the bar I was thinking of using a metal pipe with an outside diameter of 1 ¼", does that sound about right?

  • #5

    Fingerschinder (Friday, 02 August 2019 14:45)

    Dear Andrew,

    Thank you very much, it's cool to see that someone reads the blog :) The dimensions for the upright were 10 cm x 2,5 cm (roughly 4 x 1) and 4 cm (roughly 1,6) diameter for the bar, both the wooden and metal one. The wooden bar is used in a small doorway while the metal one is used for a wider 1,2 m gap between two walls. These dimensions work fine for my weight of roughly 70 kg.

    While a smaller diameter bar is maybe enough for kids I would recommend a wider outside diameter than 1 1/4. A solution like this lasts more than a lifetime so it's cool if it is also strong enough for the whole familiy.

    Another point to consider is safety when it is being used by kids. The solution shown above has no locking mechanism that prevents the bar from falling out if you push it upwards or if you drag it towards the "open" side with anything attached to it. Please think about modifying the design and adding some sort of locking mechanism to keep the kids safe.

    Train safely and good luck with your own build.

  • #6

    Andrew (Friday, 02 August 2019 16:53)

    Dear Jakob, thanks for writing back so quickly!

    Good suggestion, I'll go for a wider diameter bar - I think the monkey bars she uses in the park are thicker too.

    Great point about safety too. My daughter is 6½, although she's pretty good at being safe but I can imagine the bar could easily come out if enough momentum is generated :) I'll have a think about some kind of locking mechanism that could be added (a shaped peg that slots in might be one possible solution) but I'll let her try it without first while I'm there to see if it's necessary.

    Have a good weekend.