Chin-ups are a great way to build upper body strength and muscles, and having a chin-up bar in your home will make including chin-ups in your daily routine easy and affordable. It’s not difficult to construct a chin-up bar in your very own doorway, as long as you have the proper equipment and an understanding of how to build the bar safely and securely. The following instructions are for a chin-up bar that will fit in a 30-inch doorframe. Make sure you measure the width of your door to make sure it’ll work for you.
You will need two24 inch 3/4" steel pipes and pipe insulation, 3-directional elbows, 45 degree elbows and 90 degree elbows, duct tape and exercise tape. The amounts and lengths of pipe depend on the width of your doorframe.
Attach 3-directional elbows to both ends of the 24-inch pipe. Add the 45 degree elbows to either end, and then attach the smaller piece of steel pipe to the elbow. Then attach additional piping for the sides, which should be perpendicular to the 24-inch pipe. Add the other 3-directional elbows. Continuing in the same direction, attach the remaining lengths of steel pipe. Attach the 90 degree elbows so you build up. Attach the 4-inch pipe sections, and then the remaining 90 degree elbows. Wrap the ends of these elbows with duct tape to protect the top of your door frame.
There should be one remaining attachment site, from the 3-directional elbow between the 3-inch pipe and the 5-inch pipe. Attach the ¾” insulation there. Tighten all the pieces and make sure they’re square. Your 24” pipe most likely came with some rubber caps; attach these to the ends of the 45 degree bars, or wrap those ends in duct tape. To counteract the slippage that is likely with sweaty hands, wrap the ends of the bar with exercise tape.
Essentially, your chin-up bar will hook through the door and over the top of your door frame. As you perform your exercises, you’ll pull down on the area where it’s hooked and gravity will keep the bar in place. Make sure you test your chin-up bar carefully before giving it your full weight.
Building your own chin-up bar will make at-home exercises much more affordable. These bars are easy to use and will produce great results. Of course, if you install your chin-up bar incorrectly, you can also face serious injury. Make sure you pay attention to weight limits, the size of your doorframe and wrap handles with exercise tape or another material that will prevent slippage. These instructions are for a removable chin-up bar, but you can always reinforce the strength of your equipment by fastening it to your wall. If you’re still worried about it, consider buying one of many ready-made chin-up bars that are available at sports and athletic retailers nationwide.