She was so happy about her new barre and began practicing right away. :) She plans on decorating it more up the sides with different colors of tulle.
We went the route of doing two bars across, that way its more stable and one is for use now and the other is for when she gets taller. You can remove the two small vertical pieces in between the two bars across and put in shorter or slightly longer pieces if need be. This is also a good option if you have two or more kids that like to practice their ballet at home. You can have one child working on one side at the shorter bar and another child who is taller working on the other side on the taller bar.
Measurements of our barre:
Aprox. 4ft 3in tall x 4ft 1/2 in long x 3ft wide
Our daughter is roughly 49 inches tall so we based the measurements off of her after doing research online and talking to dance teachers.
What You Will Need:
We shopped at Lowes, keep in mind, prices do vary depending on where you live.
21 Feet of 1 1/2 in pvc pipe
.43 cents a foot = $9.03
We went with this bigger pvc pipe because it was more the shape and size of the ballet barre my daughter uses at her studio and because it felt sturdier than the smaller pipes they had in stock.
4 1 1/2 Tees
$ 1.13 x 4 = $4.52
2 1 1/2 in elbows
$1.12 x 2 = $2.24
4 elbows with one side 1 1/2 and the other 1 1/4
$2.11 x 4 = $8.44
4 1 1/2 Caps
.76 x 4 = $3.04
Our PVC Cuts:
2 x 48in
2 x 8 in
2 x 32 in
4 x 18 in
You will change up the measurements to fit your child. These are for a child that is roughly 49 inches tall.
Put your pieces together, making sure you push them together hard to ensure a tight fit. You can glue them if you want but we opted not to because of the smell and the fact that we wanted to be able to adjust the barre as needed. Its really sturdy without the glue and works perfect for our daughter.
Finish up by attaching the legs and caps and you are done!
Now your little one has a custom barre that they can practice on at home. :)
Grand Total: $27.27 for a custom ballet barre.
That's a pretty sweet deal for endless days of ballet practicing. :)