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United States

#42 Jan 2, 2007
YTR..i noticed no one really answered ur question. I've been trying to make my on barre at home too, cuz u know we all need to practice outside of the studio. I found a website that shows how to make one. Heres the info on it:

If you want to build one yourself, I recommend the following:

Freestanding barres are not stable, but they can become more stable by using sandbags where the barre comes in contact with the floor. If you have decided that you want to build one directly on the wall (which I do not recommend for home use), then you must contact a carpenter. The reason for that is, new houses are basically using 2 x 4’s and sheetrock with some amount of fiberglass in-between, and the walls are not meant to take that much pressure. For making a freestanding barre, go to a plumber or a hardware store where they have the ability to cut and thread metal poles. Try different size pipes. If you are building it for a child, obviously the pipe cannot be too thick. There has to be a size that she can grab the barre with comfort and yet strong enough for use. And that goes for the adult as well.

For thickness, 2 inch (Or before purchasing, try different pipe sizes. When you hold the pipe, it should feel comfortable to hold.)

In regards to height, 36 to 38 inches should be fine but for a personal barre stand upright, put your arms to the side, bend your elbow and bring your forearm to a 90 degree angle to your humerus (upper arm). Have someone measure the distance between your elbow all the way to the floor. This is the height that you want for your barre.

In regards to length, depending on availability of space choose a length that is most suitable for you: 4 feet, 6 feet, or 8 feet.

Once you have decided on the size and the type of metal you
want to use, you will need the following:
a) 2- 90 degree ‘elbows’
b) 2- T fittings
c) 4- end caps (you can also use 4- 90 degree ‘elbows’) These
are used for support and minimizing scratches on the ground
d) 4 pieces of 1 foot pipe (these are supports which hold the
barre and that connect to c)
e) pipe length: 1)either 4 feet, 6 feet, or 8 feet
f) 2 pipes-the length that you have decided for the height
minus the potential height that T fitting and 90 degree elbow
will add.

Remember that these items have to be threaded and only the individual that has the equipment to do so can do this. Secondly, both sides of all pipes have to be threaded. And third, the 90 degree elbows, the T fittings, and the end caps (and/or 90 degrees elbows) will add to the overall height of the barre-so do take that into consideration and notify the individual who is cutting pipe for you.

1)Take (a) and connect one to each side of (e)
2)Take (f) and connect to the other side of (a)
3)Take (b) and connect it to the other side of (f)
4)Take (d) and connect one to each side of (b)
5)Take (c ) and connect one to each side of (d)


Las Vegas, NV

#43 Jan 9, 2007
Trying going to this site. they have information on making your own Ballet Barre.

Queenstown, New Zealand

#44 Sep 29, 2007
No stairs in NZ!!!! of course we have stairs in in houses in NZ
Where is that Ch CH person coming from!

Rails,dowel, every hardware store and timber merchant as well as brackets and wall mounted mirror.
Go Yellow Pages

Shorewood, IL

#45 Sep 29, 2007
ok guys. when i was little, i made a ballet barre. you need:
one long peice of medal pipe or that plastic pipe
two kind of medium peaices for the sides
and two more a little smaller than the med. ones that have twist on parts that come up so u can twist on the tooside peices
and you need 2 curved peices to connect the long part and the two side peices

ok. i doubt that made any sense. sorry. I LOVE THIS WEBSITE.
Pas de Deux

Richmond, TX

#46 Sep 29, 2007
I have a pretty black metal daybed, and the sides of it make a great barre. I also use the banister (it's not real sturdy, though) or the back of a chair.

Santa Clara, CA

#47 Sep 29, 2007
The design Ballet Mom Debra linked too works great. You can build up a 4'- 6' long barre with a height anywhere from 36" to 48" for about $70.00. If you go to Orchard Supply, Lowes, etc. they will cut and thread the pipe for you and all you have to do is assemble the parts.

Adelaide, Australia

#48 Sep 30, 2007
There is a fanstastic new range of costumes and dancewear coming out with the brand name Elevate. Elevate makes tutus, dance cotumes and dancewear.

Tutu2You and Elevate are currently situated on EBay.

Tutu 2 You also sells acessories to go with the costumes like tiaras, bun covers, fans and masks.

Elevate and Tutu 2 You have really great service. I have bought a number of things from them. They are really really great quality. I also bought a tutu for my esteidford. It was the most beautiful tutu i have ever seen, and i got great comments from the adjudicators. The comments included:
"Beautiful tutu"
"Effective costume"
"Appropriate costume for character"
"Stunning tutu"

I hope you check out Elevate and Tutu 2 You. When you need your next costuume, tutu or just dancewear, they are the place to go.

From Dancer

Shorewood, IL

#49 Oct 7, 2007

United States

#50 Feb 11, 2008
ytr wrote:
Can anyone tell me how i can make a ballet barre (from piping etc.??)if you do pleasee let me know!! There too expensive and i really need one for practice!
use pvc pipe, u will need one 4 ft. piece, two 3.5 ft, pieces, and four 1 ft. pieces. u also need 2 90 degree elbows, 2 one and a half inch t joints and 4 end caps if u want them. use one and one half inch pipe. it will cost u about 20.00 dollars for all the materials. use the 4 ft. piece for the top , the 3.5 ft. pieces for the sides of barre (standing part) attach the 90 degree elbows to the 3.5 ft. pieces (at top, will also attach to the 4 ft. piece) and use the tee joints for the bottom then add each one ft. piece to each side of the tee joint, u barre will be done.

Boynton Beach, FL

#51 Dec 7, 2013
Nichole wrote:
Trying going to this site. they have information on making your own Ballet Barre.
Looking for an inexpensive ballet barre for a 3 year old.
Any suggestions


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