DIY Pull-up Bar in 10 Minutes

DIY Pull Up Bar

Want to know how to setup a DIY pull-up bar in 10 minutes or less?

End of Three Fitness has gotcha covered.

First, a little back story. When Emily, William and I first made the trek to from Texas to Florida I, of course, had to disassemble the DIY Power Rack for the move. When we moved into our new house, I was itching to start using the garage gym right away…but I didn’t want to take the time to reassemble the power rack, which, coincidentally, is the only way I can normally do pull-ups. So, as a temporary solution, I set up a very quick DIY pull-up bar that I thought some of you Eo3 Enders may find useful.

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What you need to know:

  • Time – 10 minutes or less
  • Cost – For me, free…depends on what you have around the garage.
  • Difficulty – Insanely easy

A few more things to note:

  • This IS NOT a great solution for kipping pull-ups.
  • This IS a great solution for muscle-ups and ring dips (as shown below).
  • This really only works if A.) You have attic access, and B.) said attic access is in your garage.

Step 1: Gather/Buy Material

DIY pull up bar materials

Gather the following:

  • 2 – Rings (optional)
  • 1 – 1″ galvanized pipe, length does not matter
  • 2 – Ratchet tie down straps
  • 1 – Bar of some sort

A little explanation:

  • Rings are optional, while this pull-up bar is only a temporary solution for me, this is my permanent solution to muscle ups and ring dips.
  • Bar of some sort…I actually use a black pipe (as seen in picture above) that goes in my attic. You can buy a galvanized pipe from Home Depot or Lowe’s, or if you have an extra barbell, you can use that as well. I chose to use the barbell in the DIY pics, simply because most people looking to do this project will have a barbell (I hope).

Step 2: Open Attic & Place Bar

DIY pull up bar

Clear out your crap.

DIY pull-up bar

Place bar.


  • Use a long bar. You want the bar to rest on as many horizontal support beams in your attic as possible. Doing so will ensure that the weight is distributed across multiple support beams, and that you won’t end up on the floor of your garage with half your attic on top of you. A barbell is about 7′ and the black bar I use is about 8′ and reaches many support points in my attic.
  • Be safe getting the bar in the attic. Get a friend to help you if you can. If not, just make sure you are stable. I got it up there by myself no problem.

Step 3: Hang Straps/Bar/Rings

pull up bar

Measure out the length you will need to be able to do pull-ups without smacking your face into the ceiling. Or you can do pull-ups to where your head is going into the attic every rep.

diy muscle upsIf you will be using this setup for muscle-ups and ring dips, it is more important to get the length of the straps right for the muscle-ups than it is the pull-ups.

Step 4: Use it!

The best way to use it is to half-close the attic. Instead of using any pics or a description, this video of me doing a muscle-up will probably answer most of your questions.

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Optional Step 5: Employ Infant Helper

William HelperLittle man was out in the garage for the entire project (with motherly supervision). Which really just goes to show you how quick, easy and safe this project is.


Good luck with your DIY endeavors! If you have any questions, just add ’em to the comments and I’ll be sure to answer what I can. Also, if you haven’t already, check out the Eo3 DIY Corner.

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  • Jason Minion

    Great post. Are those co-branded BLONYX shorts by Real Xtreme Rx in that video?

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  • tommie slade

    how do I make a pullup bar for my apartment without having to tear the walls up. I tried all that fancy stuff in stores but it tears up the molding, and I can’t drill holes in the walls for that stuff that hold brackets. Any ideas?

    • Jerred

      Do you have access to an attic? Are you allowed to drill or hang things?

    • Michael

      Build a free-standing rack, or Power Rack as it’s called here.

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  • james scott

    Check out as you can buy a pull up bar for outdoor use. They do ship to USA if you contact.