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How to Make a Dumbbell Rack

author image Parker Bowles
Based in Denver, Parker Bowles has been a wellness writer since 2006. Her work has appeared in "Yoga Journal," "Elephant Journal" and "CafeWell." Bowles holds a Bachelor of Science in biology with a concentration in nutrition from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Science in kinesiology from King's College. She is also a certified health coach with a certificate in holistic health and nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
How to Make a Dumbbell Rack
A homemade dumbell rack is an inexpensive way to get your weights off the floor and organized. Photo Credit: alexmillos/iStock/Getty Images

A home gym or weightlifting room wouldn't be complete without a dumbbell rack. Not only does the rack keep weights from cluttering your exercise area, it also organizes them so its easy to pick the dumbbells you need when exercising. In addition, a rack makes cleaning your weights a more efficient process. If the price point of a dumbbell rack is deterring you from having one in your home, consider making your own.

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Measure the Railings

Step 1

Measure the length of the bed frame railings. If they exceed 20 inches in length, cut them with a metal saw. Leaving 20 inches ensures you will be able to fit at least three sets of dumbbells on each part of the rack.

Step 2

Smooth any rough edges of the bed frames with sandpaper to avoid injury.

Step 3

Measure your bed frame railings again, confirming that each railing is the same length.These railings will be the shelves on which the dumbbells will rest.

Assemble the Rack

Step 1

Use the measuring tape to ensure the two planks of wood are exactly the same length.Cut the planks with a band saw or shape with sandpaper to ensure accurate length.

Step 2

Lay the four railings between the two planks of wood.

Step 3

Use the measuring tape to mark two vertical holes 2 feet apart on the side of each plank.

Step 4

Add another mark 6 inches apart from each horizontal hole. These are the marks where you will be attaching the bed frames, so make sure they match up on each side of the plank.

Step 5

Attach the railings to the wooden planks using the marks you measured. Use a cobalt drill bit and heavy-duty screws to attach the planks to the bed frame.

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