How do I mount a wall mounted barre?
Wall mounted barre brackets should be mounted into the studs of the wall securely. Hardware for mounting into wood studs comes provided with your wall brackets. If you have metal studs or a concrete wall, etc. you will need to purchase appropriate hardware from your local hardware or home improvement store. For this type of installation, we strongly recommend the use of a 1" x 6" backer board which is securely attached to the wall or to every stud. Then the wall brackets may be mounted to the backer board at the desired spacing.
Careful - do not mount the backer board at the height you want the barre to be. The brackets must be mounted lower than the barre height to compensate for their significant "up-swing".
Never mount a barre into just the drywall as it can easily pull out.
Should I purchase a single or double barre?
A double barre is beneficial when there are multiple users of different heights. (ie. a teacher and a student) Even for a single user, having the second barre is a luxury so that you can have both barres set at heights you desire without needing to change them.
Do you recommend putting a finish on the wood barres?
Most people use the wood barres unfinished as they are and let them naturally patina. We do not recommend staining or varnishing the barres because this may cause a sticky buildup or may wear and need to be re-finished. For a wood preserver, we do recommend using a Danish oil or Linseed oil every few months. For cleaning, we recommend using Murphy's oil soap.
How much weight can a wall mount barre hold?
When properly installed, all of our mounted barres are rated at 100 lbs. per linear foot distributed evenly along the length of the barre. The closer the wall brackets are spaced together, the stronger the barre will be. We recommend approximately 4' spacing between brackets.
Can I install a wall mount barre to a mirror?
You should not attempt to mount wall brackets directly onto a mirror as it will surely crack the mirror. You may have the mirror cut out for the brackets to mount directly into the wall studs but this can get costly. We recommend a better method of attaching a 1" x 6" backer board to the wall, securing it to the wall or to every stud, then mount the barre onto the backer board. Then you may install a mirror above and below this backer board. Another method is to install vertical mirrors leaving a small space between the mirrors to mount the brackets into the studs. When a barre cannot be mounted onto a wall due to mirrors or windows, a floor mounted barre is another option.