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  • Writer's pictureStruan Bourquin

DIY Custom Garage Gym Squat Rack with Pull-Up Bar

Updated: Jul 6, 2023

Videos of the build, materials list, design files and even a discount code to purchase gym equipment can be found below.

Home gym squat rack with pull up bar, bench for bench press and weight tree

I've always enjoyed building and creating. Moving into a new house with loads more space and a few things that needed a healthy dose of DIY, the first project being a steel railing at the end of the patio, I decided to invest in a MIG welding machine. It is one of the best investments in DIY that I have ever made. There is something extremely satisfying about "glueing" steel together. It takes your ability to do-it-yourself to another level. I have no welding qualification or training, simply an online tutor called Youtube!


After welding together a fairly impressive railing (considering it was my first attempt at welding, I was hooked. And as a regular gym goer, I had my sights set on putting our new double garage to good use - creating a home gym. My wife and I both had cars that would need to co-inhabit the space so I needed to come up with a solution...


And it was a simple one. Everything would need to be mounted to the wall on one side of the garage, including Olympic barbells, weight plates, etc, in order to maximise floor space when the cars were parked inside. Then when it was gym time, the cars could be moved out and the gym gear could be used as needed. I was also keen on a rig/rack for squats, bench press and pull-ups. But it would need to fold flat against the wall when not in use to make space for the cars, but also easy enough to fold out when needed for a gym session.


The best part of all was that I decided to build my home gym in January 2020 and completed it in February just one month before the pandemic struck and gyms would be closed for months to come.


So how long did the squat rack take, and what did I need?


It only took 3 weekends (effectively 6 days) to fabricate the entire thing from nothing but raw, 6m lengths of steel.


Equipment I used:

Handheld drill: https://amzn.to/3BQptV6

17mm drill bit (heavy-duty for steel): https://amzn.to/3IzpZu9


Materials:

3"x 3" (76 x 76mm) mild steel square tubing

3"x 1/5" flat mild steel bar (76 x 5mm)

32mm mild steel round tubing for the pull-up bar

16mm solid round bar for j-hook and locking pins

76x5mm flat bar for hinges, j-hooks, etc


Design:


You can get your hands on my design files which include all of the major dimensions here.


The quick and simple option:


If you just don't have the time or tools, you could simply order one online through a reputable gym equipment supplier. I can highly recommend Bulldog Gear's rig and equipment in general. My gym is fully kitted out with Bulldog Gear. The best part is, having partnered with them, if you order ANY items through this link, you'll be entitled to a 10% discount off ANYTHING you order when using the code "STRUAN10" at check-out, that's a pretty impressive deal! Just make sure you visit the link above and use my discount code at check-out.


If you want to see how I built my home gym, the videos are below: the overall build as well as a video specifically on the hinges and j-hooks.




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