How to Build Pull-Up Bars in a Garage

Updated February 21, 2017

Having workout equipment at home has its advantages. You don't have to pay an expensive gym membership. You'll never have to wait in line for a machine and take unnecessary breaks in between sets. You'll also have the luxury of working out whenever your body feels the need. One simple but effective workout tool that can be installed at home is a pull-up bar. Pull-up bars can be placed in a way that takes up little to no space either in a basement or a garage.

Clear off two joists, which are the 2-by-4 supports that hold the roof up. The joists run parallel with each other where the ceiling would be in a house.

Cut four 6-inch-long pieces of 2-by-4 using a table saw.

Place one of the cut boards up against the first of two joists. Make sure you have a couple feet on both sides of the area you are placing the pull up bar. Line the cut edge of the 6-inch board up with the bottom of the rafter. The 6 inches should be vertical with both 4-inch sides of the board and joist up against each other.

Screw the cut board to the joist using a power drill and 3-inch carpentry screws. Drill five screws through each board with four on the corners and one in the middle. This is not intended to hold any weight so the five screws will be enough. Repeat this process directly across from the first 6-inch board.

Place the bar so it is on top of the two joists and up against the first two cut boards. Place the third 6-inch board up against the other side of the bar so the bar is snug against the already secured 6-inch board. Screw the third board in place. Repeat this step on the fourth board and the bar should be secure.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-foot-long 2-by-4
  • Power drill
  • 3-inch screws
  • 3/4-inch metal pipe


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Jason Kurz has been a published writer for and for less than a year now. Kurz attended Kent State University of Ohio for Computer Aided Design.