My daughter has been doing gymnastics for the last year. She really wants to improve to go up a level and in order to improve she needs to practice. One of the two pieces of gym equipment she has been asking for was a balance beam. Sturdy balance beams start around $180-$200 on the web. I couldn’t find any nearby on Craigslist. During my research I’ve decided we can build a gymnastics balance beam that stays low and is used for simple practices.
- 2 4x4x8 wood
- 1 piece uncut
- 1 piece cut in 2 pieces of 2’, 4 pieces of 10 ¼. Keep the small remaining piece.
- 4 pieces of 7” 4×1 wood
- 3 yards soft padding: I purchased an outdoor sponge padding fabric. 1′ x 60″
- 3 yards of cover fabric: I got fabric that looks like faux-suede from Jo-ann’s and used a coupon for discount.
- Staple gun
- Gorilla Glue
- 32 wood screws (2 1/2”)
1. Cut the padding in 6” wide. Glue it on the side if the wood that is going to be walked on to prevent slipping.
Glue the 2 pieces of short on to the 2′ wood and wait until the glue is hardened while clamping them together.
Place the 4×1’s on each side of the stand. Drill holes for screws first, then screw 4 to fasten the two pieces together.
Wood: 10.49 x2= $20.98
Fabric: $13.49 (with coupon)
Padding: $3.39 (with coupon)
Other materials: we had them
Time it took to build
: Approximately 3 hours with kids helping us. It’s a great project to do it with the kids.
Important note: This instruction is provided for information purposes only. This is a not a professional grade balance beam. Please keep that in mind and take all precautions to make sure the beam is stable, padded properly with a mat underneath and used under supervision when practicing .