If you have decided to attach a ballet barre to the wall by yourself, I’m crossing my fingers for here you. This is a heroic act for the benefit of your family and finances. For a calm and confident installation, you need to store some important information and make certain steps which I will talk about in this article.
So that the installation does not take you forever, and your nerves remained intact before ordering components and installing the barre, do the following.
Determine the type of barre
Double or single ballet barres. Single-level choreographic barres with wall-to-wall fasteners are used when you need to install a small barre for one/two persons. Mounting on the wall can be both between the mirrors and directly into the mirror which is necessary to pre-drill for the brackets.
Warning! This type of fastening is not suitable for the installation of long-row barres, as additional floor supports are required for long lengths.
Wall ballet barres are usually attached to the wall with rectangular supports: 4 fasteners for a single-row bracket and 6 for a double-row. These brackets are coated with a layer of black, scratch-resistant varnish. A ballet barre can also be mounted along the wall of a sports gym. And you can limit the size to a single section.
When ordering equipment online, the brackets are usually supplied with screws and wall plugs and can be installed at any height.
- Handrails are fixed at a distance of 135 mm from the wall.
- Fasteners for wall-mounted barres (for a single-row ballet barre) are 150×40 mm at 6 mm thickness and for double-row barres – 300×40 mm at 6 mm thickness.
- The distance between the handrails of the double-row barres is 228 mm.
- On the double-row bracket, both wooden handrails are located at a distance of 228 mm. Such a barre is installed at a distance of 1100 mm from the floor (top handrail) and 750 mm (bottom).
- Clutches for the handrail with a diameter of 50 mm and a length of 1.5 m.
- The bracket does not have sharp corners and protrusions.
- All welds must be processed and cleaned manually for safety reasons.
In the case of the entire hall, the joints will not be visible due to the fasteners, as the handrails are joined inside them.
Brackets are mounted on 4 anchor bolts each, and every bracket has holes for mounting in it. The type of fastening depends on the construction of the wall.
Wall ballet barres require special attention to the reliability of attaching to the wall. Let’s consider this issue in detail.
Brackets selection and wall material
For the correct selection of fasteners, the first thing to start with is the wall material. Here you can find the following options:
- Foamed concrete block, cinder block, gas-ash brick, etc.;
- In the case of concrete walls, the use of wedge anchors is an excellent result. Both nut and bolt anchors can be used. The anchor length must be between 100 and 150 mm (depending on the thickness of the plaster layer of the concrete wall). The anchor diameter is 10 -12 mm.
- For bricks, plastic plugs with hexagonal bolts are required. Length of the plugs should be not less than 180 – 250 mm. A lag screw is chosen according to the length of the plug. The diameter of plugs is 12-14 mm (they usually go in a set with bolts). High-quality plugs are very much “unfolded” inside the hole along the entire operational length when screwing in the bolt and hold the construction even in the hollow brick.
- For foamed concrete block and other similar materials, there are special plugs. In addition to them, you can use a frame plug. The length of the plugs should be from 100 to 200 mm, and 12-16 mm in diameter. If the wall blocks are sufficiently dense, the fasteners described in the paragraph above may be used.
- For the wood, to attach a ballet barre, it is sufficient to use a 6-8 mm diameter lag screw. The length is selected depending on the wall thickness. Usually, 60-90 mm is enough. Beforehand, it is necessary to drill the holes in the wood 2-2,5 mm less than the diameter of a bolt.
How to attach the barre to the wall?
Depending on the length of your bracket, determine the number of fasteners for the wall.
- 4′ barre: 2 brackets spaced 32″ apart (8″ overhang)
- 6′ barre: 2 brackets spaced 48″ apart
- 8′ barre: 2 brackets spaced 64″ apart
- 10′ barre: 2 brackets spaced 80″ apart
- 14′ barre: 3 brackets, 1 centered with 64″ space on each side (20″ overhang)
- 16′ barre: 3 brackets, 1 centered with 80″ space on each side (16″ overhang)
- Take a pencil and mark the holes on the wall to attach the bracket (depends on the bracket model). Use the level to evenly mark out the brackets.
- Drill the wall in the marked places and attach brackets to it (according to the marked places). The number of bolts depends again on the size and type of brackets. You will need enough to attach each bracket. And don’t forget about the handrail! The same distances you marked on the wall (between the brackets), use to mark the handrail(s) – it is logical that the brackets will be attached at the same distance. Drill holes in the handrail in the appropriate places.
You can also make holes in the handrail alternatively. Mark the places to drill and screw the bolts into the handrail by placing it on the brackets. It’s all done from the underside of the handrail. However, in this case, you will need an assistant with “steady” hands who will hold the handrail evenly in a place.
Or you can take a different approach and first attach the rail to the brackets, then attach the entire finished structure to the wall – you are the boss!
Tips for choosing a ballet barre
Finally, if you decide to use the services of a company (because anything can prevent you from completing the job on your own, whether it’s work, other household chores, heat, laziness, or your hands…) here are a few good tips for you:
- Do not save on this equipment.
- Buy expensive but enough qualitative and non-polluting materials.
- Choose companies wisely. Address the ones that genuinely specialize in such equipment, get acquainted with their work.
- A hand-rail should be made of solid wood, not covered with varnish or any other chemical composition, as during the lessons the sweat should be absorbed into the handrail which allows hands to stay dry and help avoid injuries.
- It is best to order ballet barres made of a stainless polished or ground steel, as it does not give corrosion over time, in contrast to brackets made of ferrous metal and brushed with powder-coated paint which, in turn, phonates and emits chemicals in the air.
- Purely from the aesthetic side – the barre from stainless steel looks more respectable and will serve you for many years without any investments.
- Before ordering a ballet barre, you have to decide how and where you want to mount this structure. If you already have a mirror and can’t drill it for brackets, it’s better to choose a floor mount with an additional parallel-stand. If you order the barre before the purchase and installation of mirrors, it is better to choose a mounting in the wall as it does not take up much space and the main thing is to inform the mirror company that they would prepare holes for fixing the ballet barre. And the best thing is to order mirrors and ballet machine in the same company.
- The ballet barre, or rather the handrail, can be differently long, but the standard height is 1.5 and 2 m. The upper handrail’s (double-row barre) height from the floor should be at 1100 mm, and the lower handrail’s – 750 mm.
The diameter of the handrail is 40-50 mm and, as already mentioned, should be made of hardwood.