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Custom Ballet Barres

Pricing: $19 – $66 per linear foot* (rounded up to the nearest foot)
*Price includes Free Ground and Freight shipping within the contiguous USA.
Note: All ballet barres longer than 8′ are shipped by Freight Only, unless picked up locally from our warehouse.

Whether you are using your fitness or ballet barres for personal or professional use, we know barres are an important investment. Alvas manufactures high quality barres that will last for decades, not just a season or two. An investment in the right quality keeps dancing safe and profitable. Our barres are ideal for ballet or fitness use.

Since our custom ballet barres are made to order, customized to your specifications, a Custom Wood Barre Authorization Sheet must be completed for each type of custom barre ordered. Please download the form to complete it, then email to the office. Approved, completed forms must be received before we can process any custom order.

Choosing The Type of Wood for Your Barre

Wood is the Standard, Traditional Choice

Wood barres are the preferred and standard traditional choice in the professional ballet industry and barre fitness / exercise classes. Unlike metal or plastic barres, the natural product will absorb sweat (won’t get slippery) and provide slight flexibility. This slight flexibility in wood barres provide anti-stress on joints, especially with the ballet barre method training.

Since they are made of natural wood, grain and coloration may vary.

Every square inch of our wood barres is inspected by hand. Splits, cracks and checks are cut out leaving beautiful straight grain lumber of the highest quality.

Ballet Barres arrive unfinished, hand-sanded smooth and ready to use- With beveled ends, so no sharp edges. They are ready to use if the paint coating is not desired.

All of Alvas barres are grown within the United States and meet or exceed FSC standards. Additionally, American hardwoods are known as the natural choice for environmentally conscious builders, architects and designers looking to specify green materials.

Cleaning Alvas Custom Ballet Barres is simple and easy. See FAQ for instructions.

Maple Wood Barres

Maple Barres are made of beautiful Hard, White Maple wood with a light shade. It is a solid hardwood that has the preferred silky smooth feel.

Oak Wood Barres

Oak Barres are made of beautiful Red Oak wood with a medium shade. It is a solid hardwood that has a smooth feel with a pronounced grain.

Poplar Wood Barres

Poplar Barres are made of beautiful Tulip Tree Poplar wood with a light shade. It is a solid hardwood that has a smooth feel and is easy to stain (if preferred).

Choosing Your Custom Ballet Barre Lengths

Length Conversion Calculator

Alvas Custom ballet barres are available in lengths up to 16′- or splice joint pins may be added to give the appearance of a longer, continuous barre. Each barre is custom manufactured with the option of no holes or pre-drilled holes, spaced according to the customer’s specifications.

All Alvas wood barres will maintain a tight length tolerance of +/- 1/8″.
The diameter of all Alvas Custom Ballet Barres are approx 1-7/8″, +/- 1/8″.

Dance Ballet Barres

Is the dancer new to ballet and not sure which barre length to get? 4’ barres are commonly used for beginning children while 6’ barres are commonly used for beginning teens and adults. 8’ barres are the most popular and give additional room for stretching. 8’ to 16’ barres give ample space for multiple people to use at the same time.

Fitness Barres

Alvas barres with standard hole spacing were designed for ballet use. If you will be utilizing barres for fitness, Alvas recommends a minimum wall mount ballet barre bracket spaced every 4’. If you are unsure what length barres and bracket spacing to use, we strongly recommend contacting your local Barre Fitness Studio and asking their specifications for that type of barre exercise / fitness class.

Adding Splice Joint Pins (Optional)

Alvas Splice Joint Pins are used to create a joint, attaching two barres together end to end. A hole is drilled into the center of the ends of two barres, which are then slid toward each other (over the Splice Joint Pin), giving the appearance of one long, continuous barre. The corners of the adjoining barres are rounded slightly (beveled) to avoid pinching.

Splice Joint Pins are made of a 4″ long, 1/4″ round, smooth metal stock bar. Each pin is made in the USA and weighs approximately 1 oz.
Refer to the Splice Joint Specifications for the tolerance with splice pins and brackets on barres.

This is an ideal solution if you:

  • Want Alvas to drill the precise holes for the Splice Joint Pins for you.
  • Want your barres to look longer than 16′.
    • Alvas offers barres in lengths up to 16′. If longer barres are desired, splice joint pins are the solution since they create the appearance of a long, continuous barre.

The cost for Splice Joint Pin (with labor) includes the Splice Joint Pin, plus the required labor for drilling the precise holes into the ends of custom barres.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The diameter for Alvas wood ballet barres are 1-7/8”, + or – 1/8”. Wood will not be perfectly round.

Alvas ballet barres are hand-sanded smooth and ready to use.

Every square inch of our wood barres is inspected by hand. Splits, cracks and checks are cut out leaving beautiful straight grain lumber of the highest quality. Our barres are then sanded smooth and ready to use if the paint coating is not desired.

Adding a clear coat finish may be done, but is unnecessary. As the wood barre is used, the natural oils from hands cures the barre and give the barres a hand-rubbed look that is traditional and often preferred.

Our wood barres arrive ready to be stained, lacquered or painted, if desired. Some people paint a clear coat (or stain and then add a clear coat) on wood barres to achieve and maintain a look. If you choose to paint them, it should be done immediately after taking the barre out of the cardboard tube since the wood will be sanded and clean.

Traditionally, a ballet barre should be approximately waist height of the user.

However, the following statistics are very popular:

  • Single Barre Height*:    32” – 46” from floor (waist level)
  • Double Barre Height*:  32” – 34” lower barre; 44” – 46” from the floor for upper barre
  • Distance from Wall to Barre:
    • Inside = 7-1/4” (approx)
    • Outside = 9” (approx)

* “Barre height” is the distance (height) between the floor and the barre, or  more simply, how high your barre is off of the ground.

“Barre height” is the distance (height) between the floor and the barre, or  more simply, how high your barre is off of the ground.

With any of Alvas Wall Mount Ballet Barre Adjustable Brackets, Alvas Freestanding Ballet Barre Frames or Alvas Floor Mount Ballet Barre Frames, the height of your barre(s) can be adjusted – without uninstalling the Extension Units.

How to adjust the height of your ballet barre:

  1. Grab the Barre next to where the Extension shoulders touch the wood.
  2. Give the Barre an up and down wiggle, as needed, while loosening or tightening the Wingnut.
  3. Then slide the Extension up or down the Channel to your desired height, and re-tighten the Wingnut.

Pro Tip:

The Extension Units can also be made so they do not adjust by hand by replacing the Large Wingnut with a Hex Nut on the Extension. Alvas Hex Nuts are perfect if you prefer to not have barre heights adjustable since the barres can be made “fixed” with this simple hex nut. The barre height can still be adjustable at a later time of your preference, but will prevent the public (or children) from adjusting the barre height indiscriminately.

All Alvas Standard and Custom wood ballet barres with maintain a tight length tolerance of +/- 1/8″.

Perfect straightness is difficult to obtain in a natural product like wood.

Measuring ballet Barre Warp Tolerance diagram

Step 1: Sight down barre to determine apex of the warp.

Step 2: Center the 4’ level on the apex and secure the level to the barre (using tape, tie, etc) as shown in the diagram.

Step 3: Attempt to slide the 3/16” drill bit into the gap.

Step 4: If the drill bit slides freely and completely through the gap, then the barre is beyond our warp tolerance. Immediately call Alvas for return instructions.

Like most items that receive heavy use we recommend cleaning your ballet barres daily. You can clean them with an all-natural wood cleaner such as, Seventh Generation, Honest, or Method. Simply spray the cloth with the cleaning product and wipe down the barre the same way you would clean a table. If you prefer to use cleaning wipes that is okay too!

Don’t worry about drying out your barres. During use, the natural oils from hands will create a warm patina around the barre helping prevent the barres from drying out.

Customer satisfaction is important to us. One way we demonstrate this is by sending product samples to ones who are interested in seeing the product before purchasing it.

We also have a showroom in which our local customers may see our products in a larger scale. If you would like to visit our showroom, please contact us for an appointment.

Barre Wood Samples

Upon request, we will provide free ballet barre wood samples of Alvas Maple, Oak and Poplar wood. Contact us for more information. When contacting us, please provide the full mailing address, whose attention we should mail it to and which samples you would like.

Alvas Custom Ballet Barres are manufactured with the option of no holes or pre-drilled holes, spaced according to the customer’s specifications- Signed Diagram required. Pre-drilled holes are required to attach Alvas ballet barres to our wall mount brackets and floor mount stanchions.

Spacing Accuracy Tolerance
All Alvas wood barres: +/- 1/8″

Barre Length Tolerance
Alvas Custom wood barres: +/- 1/8″.

Barre LengthDiameterMax SpanMax OverhangMin Overhang
1' - 16'1 7/8", +/- 1/8"
80"20"2"

The holes in Alvas Standard Barres are always separated by multiples of 16” to allow the mounting of every bracket directly into a wall stud- most wood wall studs are 16” apart. (If you are unsure of your stud spacing, we recommend using an electronic wood wall stud finder or consulting a contractor).

Holes are pre-drilled into the barres so that Alvas Fixed Brackets and Extensions* are ready for installation and actually screw into the rear side of the barre. This allows your hand or foot to slide across the barre without hitting the brackets.

* Extensions are used on Wall Mount Adjustable Brackets, Free Standing Frames and Floor Mount Stanchions.

Spacing Accuracy Tolerance
All Alvas wood barres: +/- 1/8″

Barre Length Tolerance
All Alvas wood barres will maintain a tight length tolerance of: +/- 1/8″.

Barre LengthBracket Number & Spacing
4’ Barre: 2 brackets spaced 32” apart (8” overhang)
6’ Barre: 2 brackets spaced 48” apart (12” overhang)
7’ 10'' Barre: 2 brackets spaced 64” apart (15” overhang)
10’ Barre: 2 brackets spaced 80” apart (20” overhang)
14’ Barre: 3 brackets spaced 64” apart (20” overhang)
16’ Barre: 3 brackets spaced 80” apart (16” overhang)

Alvas carries Maple, Oak and Poplar ballet barre wood.
Alternative types of wood may be special ordered with an additional set up fee.

Wood is a natural product so the grain and/or coloration of the wood can vary. Alvas cannot guarantee the grain color you receive.

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