You're at home trying to practice that new routine you learned in ballet, but putting your leg up on the counter just isn't cutting it. You could buy a ballet barre like this one, but they can get expensive fast! 

We're here to help show you that you don't have to break out your savings to practice dancing. Let's make a ballet barre for less than $50!

What You'll Need:

  • 1.25″ PVC crosses (x4)
  • 1.25″ PVC tees (x2)
  • 1.25″ PVC elbows (x4)
  • 1.25″ PVC pipe cut to 24″ long (x2)
  • 1.25″ PVC pipe cut to 12″ long (x6)
  • Closet rods cut to 57″ long (x2)
  • Spray paint (make sure it's meant for plastic, so it doesn't flake off the PVC!!!)
  • Adhesive craft foam


  1. Following the diagram above, attach the PVC pipes and joints to create the frame. The bottom part of the frame (made up of 12" PVC pipe, PVC crosses, and PVC elbows, should be able to rotate, so the legs can move to either support the barre or be flat for storing the barre against a wall. (see pictures below).
  2. Wrap a piece of adhesive craft foam around each end of the 48" dowels that will form the bars. This will keep them snug in the frame and keep them from sliding and rolling around.
  3. Spray paint the PVC frame your favorite color. Make sure to do this outside! You can also spray paint the bars, but with use, the paint may wear off, so we recommend leaving the bars plain. 


And there you have it! Your very own DIY ballet barre. Hang a mirror across from the place where you'll be using the barre and your personal studio is complete!