How to Make a Trapeze

A trapeze can be a fun indoor or outdoor item for adults and children. Working on a trapeze can be great exercise, promoting strength and flexibility, even for children. A simple trapeze for fun in the yard or in the home during the winter can be made from a strong dowel or piece of PVC pipe hung from two lengths of chain or poly rope.

Cut two lengths of chain or rope the length you want the trapeze to hang from your ceiling.

Screw an eye bolt into each end of your trapeze bar. The bar can be made of heavy-duty PVC pipe, a dowel or a length of steel bar cut to your preferred length. Most trapeze for children are about 18 inches long.

Screw two eye hooks into a beam or stud in your ceiling or into a door frame.

Attach a screw-lock style carabiner to the length of chain and then attach it to the eye hooks in the ceiling.

Attach the trapeze to the chain with a screw-lock chain link. Alternatively, you can drill two holes into the ends of the PVC pipe or dowel and thread poly rope through it, knotting it at the bottom. Attach the rope to the screw-in eye hooks on the ceiling by using rope clamps to clamp them securely.

Things You'll Need

  • Dowel or PVC pipe
  • Eye bolts
  • Screw-in eye hooks
  • Chain or poly rope
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Michelle Hogan is a writer and the author of 13 books including the 2005 bestselling memoir, "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America." Hogan studied English at American University and has been writing professionally since 1998. Her work has appeared in "The New York Times," "Redbook," "Family Circle" and many other publications.