STM Studio Supplies by Professionals for Professionals

Unit 3, 33 Lower Gibbes Street Chatswood NSW 2067 T: 02 9417 3000 F: 02 9417 3111 E:

Thank you for investing in our beautiful barres and brackets. Due to the organic nature of the timber, there can occasionally be a natural curvature to the barre. If this is the case, simply lay the barre on the brackets or stanchions with bows facing up and screw the fixings in sequence from one end to the other. This will gently coax the curve down and out of the barre before fixing the next end.



Timber or 


Degree of Difficulty

5 Pointe Shoes = Call a professional

1 Pointe Shoe = Home handy man easy job


FBS Rectangular Masonry

FBSD Double Barre

Pilates XWB

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Fixings dependent upon wall composition and number of brackets

Dowel if applicable


You will have discussed the installation process with your consultant prior to ordering. Please ensure that you have completely understood the need for reinforcing your walls should you be installing into timber, plaster or gyprock. Please refer to the Mirror Wall Bracket guide for specific installation instructions for these brackets.



Timber or 



Fixings dependent upon wall composition and number of brackets

Dowel if applicable

  1. Unwrap your goods and check that you have received all parts.

  2. Establish the required height, all measurements quoted are to the top of the timber barre

  3. For Ballet/Dance Barres, The RAD, Royal Academy of Dance specifies heights of 102cm and/or 115cm, you will find that other dance societies and training organisations will have differing opinions. The national organisation representing dance in the United Kingdom, One Dance UK and CEDFA, who are based in the USA both state that the height of the upper barre should be somewhere between 90cm. and 1.2m. Falling within this range are the recommendations from Dance Studio Owner, 1.07 – 1.17m. Sport Scotland just over 1m and Cecchetti’s Complete Manual of Classical Dance 93cm. The Centre national de la danse, CND, of France recommends an upper barre well above all of these, at 1.5m!

  4. Correct positioning for individuals is slightly above waist height with the hand positioned slightly forward and to the side of the body. To assess personal height, have your dancer place their arms in a low 2nd position and measure from there. The hand should rest lightly on the barre as if partnering, no gripping

  5. For Pilates Barres Booty Barre: 915cm, Xtend Barre: 990, For other styles please refer to your head office

  6. Carefully measure and mark the height required to measure up from the floor at your left and right bracket positions and run a string line between.

  7. As the floor, will not be perfectly level, use a spirit or laser level on the line of your barre before you finalise your position.

  8. Refer to the layout provided and mark your bracket spacing accordingly

  9. Carefully mark and drill the screw holes, first drilling a leader hole of 5-6.5mm and then screwing in the 10x 50mm coach screws with the washer. This process can be improved by first lubricating coach bolts with soap.

  10. Screw all of the brackets loosely to the wall checking the level as you go

  11. If joiners required, connect the joiners by simply screwing the two pieces together

  12. Align the predrilled holes in the barre to the holes in the brackets and loosely tighten

  13. Check the level with a spirit or laser level, tighten all screws, checking the level as you go

  14. Finally, install timber barre to bracket receivers using #8 x 25mm screws enabled by a 3mm or 1/8th” pilot hole with 250-300mm cantilever at each end or as appropriate.



Maintenance - once properly installed, the wall-mounted barre system needs little maintenance. However, it is advisable to check after a month of use that your fixings are coping with the wear and tear they have received and are going to receive. They might need some tightening on the wall fixings and barre to bracket fixings. If this is extreme, you might need to reassess whether the fixings used are adequate. You should repeat this check at three-monthly intervals.

Cleaning - is a straightforward matter and is subject to the amount of use the barre is receiving. Having said that, a regular weekly schedule is better than a major assault when dirt has accumulated to the point of being visible or the barre has become sticky. A light wipe with a low strength mild detergent and a soft damp cloth is recommended. It is undesirable to saturate the barre.

Also recommended is the addition of a few drops of disinfectant or eucalyptus oil. This is particularly the case during winter when colds and sniffles can literally be handed on via the barre. You might consider adding our antibacterial wipes to your cleaning regime, avoid alcohol wipes.

Scratches - the greatest source of damage to your barre will be rings. If you think you are getting an undue amount of scratching you may have to try and identify the culprit, and politely request they remove the offending jewellery or otherwise wear a glove. White cotton gloves are very cheap and will solve the problem simply and perhaps avoid a major struggle removing a stubborn ring.

Recoating Timber Barres - There is nothing to prevent you recoating your timber barre down the track. A light sanding with 150-180 grit papers or finer, will give the following coat of clear acrylic a good “tooth” or grip. There is generally no need to try to sand out the scratches, as they will substantially disappear with the fresh paint. Cabot’s Clear Floor, and the furniture grade equivalent, is a good hard wearing product that is readily available. We do suggest that you do a small test piece before embarking on a wholesale renovation.

Metal Barres - If you have purchased a metal barre the same regime applies to the connections and fixings. For the barre itself, a light wipe with a low strength mild detergent and a soft damp cloth is recommended as well as the addition of a few drops of disinfectant or eucalyptus oil.

Portable Barres - whilst the above applies equally to portable barres, a little more maintenance is required due to the robust nature of their life. It is important to regularly tighten the locking screws as they will work loose over time. A monthly check is ideal and again it is better to do small amounts often than to discover a foot is falling off or the barre has become wobbly before trying to find where you put the tools.

ALWAYS lift and carry your STM portable barre by the legs to prevent damage to the timber or connecting screws

A 3/16th Allen key is supplied with your barre and should it have gone walkabout is readily available from your local hardware store

Should any of this need further explanation or you have a problem it does not appear to cover feel very welcome to call or email us for further advice.

We have also developed a MWB - Mirror Wall Bracket system which allows you to mount a dance barre close to your mirror without damaging the mirror itself