Australian Made, Wall Mounted Ballet Barres for Home or Studio’s
Monday, May 02, 2022
When we first started to pick up jobs for making ballet barres, we were a little perplexed. After all, we have always primarily marketed our rail towards stair builders and DIYers. It wasn’t until we started doing a little digging that we realised just how expensive and hard to come by ballet barres actually were. It only makes sense that people would go looking for a cheaper, locally sourced alternative!
While we won’t pretend to be dance experts, we are timber experts! Our wooden rail is locally made, durable, and available in long lengths. All these qualities make it perfect for use as dance barres. Better yet, if you’re looking to fit-out a large studio, or intend on ordering large quantities, we offer discounted pricing to other Australian businesses- just send us a quote request!
If it’s a small, at home rail you’re looking for instead however- we’ve also got you covered. All of our rails can be purchased online through our store and delivered straight to your door.
Below we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions about our rails and how they can be used as ballet barres!
WHICH TIMBER SPECIES SHOULD I USE?
We offer a huge range of different timber species in our 43mm
rail ranges, which tend to be the most popular sizes for ballet barres. The most commonly used species tend to be Victorian ash and pine, however we also stock spotted gum, blackbutt, jarrah and other species if you’re looking to match other wood features.
- Victorian Ash is probably the most popular choice for dancers, as it is an extremely durable Australian grown hardwood. It does not splinter or bow, and is available in extremely long lengths- meaning you won’t need to make any joins onsite. Vic ash is also an extremely pretty timber, as it has slight blonde/pink undertones, and can be stained to match almost any other timber species.
- Pine is a great choice for those of you looking to build a ballet barre on a budget. Like Victorian Ash, it is available in long lengths and does not bow or splinter easily. Unlike Victorian ash however, it is a finger jointed product- meaning, it is made up of multiple (short) pieces of timber. These joins are visible, and only become more apparent when stained. Therefore, it’s not considered a particularly “pretty” choice. It is, however, considerably cheaper than other timber species, and performs just as well!
If you're still unsure about which timber species is going to best suit your needs, why not check out our handy timber guide
WHAT SIZE DO I NEED?
The most popular size of dowel used for dance barres seems to be 43mm
. It’s a comfortable size for both adult and child dancers, and available in a huge variety of different timbers and colours.
The larger 50mm
diameter rail is also a popular choice, as it is a sturdier/more durable option. The larger the diameter of your barre, the less likely it is to bend or stretch between supports.
38mm and 60mm dowels can also be used as rail, however can be hard to source appropriate brackets for.
WHICH WALL BRACKETS SHOULD I USE?
Our timber rails are compatible with most ballet brackets- both open and enclosed. Depending on which size rail you choose, you should be looking for brackets to suit either a 43mm or 50mm diameter barre.
The handrail brackets
we stock are unfortunately too small to be used as barre brackets, so it is best to source them from either amazon or a local dance supplier.
CAN YOUR BARRE ALSO BE FLOOR MOUNTED?
Absolutely, our rails can be either wall or floor mounted. As we mentioned above, you’ll just need to ensure your floor mounted supports are compatible with either 43mm or 50mm rail.
We’ve even had some customers build their own floor mounted supports using our galvanised pipe fittings!
IS YOUR RAIL VARNISHED/OILED/LACQUERED?
No, all of our barres are provided as raw, unfinished timber. This allows you to add your own stain to the barre before it’s finished- giving you greater control of the end colour.
We’ve done all the hard work sanding the barre for you, all that’s left to do is apply your desired finish. Most painters will also be happy to do this sort of work for you, provided that the varnish/oil/lacquer is supplied.
If that seems like a little too much effort however, the barres can be used unfinished- it just makes cleaning/maintenance a little harder. So, we think it’s worth your time in the long run.
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