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Homemade Pullup Bar


I’ve always wanted a pullup bar, but I didn’t want to drill any holes in any walls or ceilings. I’ve seen some pieces of equipment that fit in doorways or closets, but I didn’t really trust that it wouldn’t ruin the wood or frame. I finally decided to just go make my own, and by utilizing the I-beam in my basement, I was able to create a pullup bar that did not require any drilling.

What You’ll Need

I went to Lowes’ to buy all the parts for this. I used 1 1/4″ galvanized steel pipes, and the total was about $60. You can probably get 1″ pipes and save a little money. Here are the parts that I used:

  1. 8 x 90 degree elbow ($20)
  2. 1 x 18″ pipe ($7)
  3. 2 x 10″ pipe ($13)
  4. 2 x 6″ pipe ($7)
  5. 2 x 4″ pipe ($7) — the depth of the I-beam
  6. 2 x 3″ pipe ($5)
  7. Electrical tape
  8. A pipe wrench or something for leverage


It should be fairly self explanatory of how to put this together. Nevertheless, here’s a few tips to help you put it together:

  • The 18″ pipe is the portion that you’ll actually grab onto — wrap this in electrical tape last, once everything is in place
  • The 10″ pipe provides the elevation to get over the I-beam
  • The 6″ pipe provides the backing/support on the opposite side of where the pullup bar is
  • The 4″ pipe is the portion of the pipe that is on top of the I-beam
  • The 3″ pipe extends the pullup bar away from the I-beam

I will tell you right now — you’ll get a really, really good workout getting this thing together. The pipes fit together easily, but it’s difficult to tighten them. You’ll need to use a lot of leverage to get the tight…I would recommend using a wrench or smaller pipe to get better leverage. Be careful not to grab the threading on the pipe — it will cut you.

Because I am not going to take my pullup bar to show you how it works, below is an image that should help you to assemble your own pullup bar

Additional Views

If you’d like to get a better view on how the pullup bar works, look at the images below

27 Responses to “Homemade Pullup Bar”

  1. Jay says:

    Made one today…I used 1″ pipe and made the bar 48″ instead of 18″. I used pipe insulation on the pipe and then tightly wrapped that with electrical tape. So I suppose the bar is around 1.25″ now. Also I changed the 3″ pipe out to a 6″ just to get further out from the i-beam. Thanks for the good idea. I was planning on spending round 200 for a VKR.

  2. N8dog says:

    I made one of these yesterday using 3/4″ pipe and spent about $48. I used a 36″ pipe for the main bar so I can do wide grip pull ups. Thanks for the great idea! I’ve been looking at other options like power towers, but they take up too much space and cost too much. Needed this for P90X.

  3. Mark says:

    I just made one with 3/4″ pipe and wrapped it with foam insulation then taped it. Works great! Cost about $47. Thanks!

  4. Salman says:

    I knew it there has be a better way than the door pull up bars.
    Great I dea and I will build one. Thanks!

  5. Terry says:

    Simple. Elegant. Thanks!

  6. Rahul says:

    Thank You.. This is a cool n simple concept..

  7. Brandon says:

    Just wanted to say thanks – built one of these today based upon your post. I used 3/4 pipe, extended out 6″ instead of 3″ from the beam and used a 24″ bar instead.

    Since I don’t have a finished basement where our home gym is getting put together this was a great solution.

  8. Steve says:

    This is a great solution for an I beam or glu-lam as shown however the grey cast iron is brittle and notorious for sudden failure especially at the elbow which is being torqued at the 5″ extension piece. the true force exerted particularly if you jump up and grab it is probably around 500-600 lb/in^2. Make sure you have padding below!

  9. jay says:

    its actually a LVL Steve

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