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How to Make a Basement Pullup Bar

Pullup bars are a great addition to a basement gym. They are a simple piece of exercise equipment that can help increase your upper body strength -- particularly your biceps. Pullup bars can also help you shape your abdominal muscles. Incorporating pullups into your exercise routines can be a great way to tone these muscles. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money to have a pullup bar installed in your house, you can build your own basement pullup bar to enjoy the convenience of doing these exercises in your home.

  1. Measure the location where you want to attach your pullup bar. Allow enough room between the pullup bar and the ceiling or wall so that you can pull yourself up comfortably when you exercise.

  2. Attach the plywood to your basement ceiling or wall where you plan to do your pullups. Use nails or screws that will hold your plywood securely in place.

  3. Attach one of the mounting braces to your plywood using the hardware that comes with it. Slip the pipe into the brace and ensure that if fits properly.

  4. Attach the other mounting brace to the plywood.


    You can mount your bar on a wall with studs, on the ceiling, between two corners or above a door.

    If your basement ceiling is finished, avoid drilling into it and find an alternative location for your bar. If your ceiling is unfinished, however, you can easily hang a pull-up bar from the ceiling rafters.

    According to Handy Owner, corner mounts are a good place to build pull-up bars if you want them to be out of the way. Wall mounts for these bars are strong and adjustable.

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Things Needed

  • Galvanized pipe
  • Plywood
  • 2 wall-mountable braces

About the Author

Ripa Ajmera has been writing for six years. She has written for, General Nutrition Center (GNC), TCW Finance, Alliance for a New Humanity, Washington Square News and more. She was a Catherine B. Reynolds Scholar from 2006-2008 and graduated from New York University Stern School of Business with an Honors degree in Marketing.

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