DIY - How to make your own pocket monkii + monkii bars 2

Our number one goal here at isn’t to sell monkii bars – it’s to inspire people to live wild.  So when we started hearing that a small number of people thought our products were too expensive and that they could make them on their own for much less, we decided to help them.  So whether you buy from us, or make your own, it’s time to get wild. 


We did not make these tutorials - they were made by normal people who may or may not have engineering, manufacturing, or technical backgrounds. Follow this tutorial at your own risk.  We can’t speak to the strength nor safety of anything you make. Use common sense - following this tutorial and using the device could be dangerous. 


pocket monkii DIY ($25)

by JakeOfAllTrades 

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Step 1: Materials and Tools

Here's what you'll need to get to make your own Pocket Monkii

pocket monkii DIY materials


  • 2 -10' Cam Buckle Tie Downs
    • Rated to hold at least your own body weight
  • 12-18"- PVC Pipe
    • I used 3/4" diameter, but you can use whatever you like to fit your hands
    • 3 Lengths of 4-6" pipe depending on the width of your closed hand
  • Thin Kevlar String for sewing
  • 3 - 2" pieces Heat Shrink Tube
    • Use 1" diameter Heat Shrink with a 3:1 shrink ratio
  • Small Carrying Case
    • I used a toiletry dopp bag
  • Gorilla Tape (for grip)
  • Foam Mounting tape (for cushion on the door anchor)


  • Scissors/Utility knife
  • Hacksaw
  • Heavy Duty sewing device (Stitching Awl, sewing machine, Sail needle, etc.)
  • Heat gun or lighter
  • Super Glue

Most items can be found at a hardware store and/or dollar store. All in all I spent about $25 on these materials.

Step 2: Design

pocket monkii DIY design



The design of the Pocket Monkii is fairly simple. It consists of three lengths of nylon webbing from the tie-down straps. The first is roughly one foot long, and will go through the padded door stop and be secured to the anchor end of the cam buckle. Through the adjustable end of the cam buckle will be another length of webbing, which will be a four feet in length and have a small loop sewn on the end. Through this loop will be last length of webbing, which will be about 10 feet in length. On either end of this strap is a "Lower Triangle."

Lower Triangle

The Lower Triangle will is made by running the end of the strap through a handle, then securing the end back onto the strap. The lower triangle will be roughly 18 inches of webbing.


There will be four sewn joints: One on each Lower Triangle, one to create the loop on the adjustable strap, and one to close the fasten the door stop strap together. Each sewn joint will be sewn in a "Box X" pattern, which is just a box with an X inside. This is a very secure stitch that will prevent any slipping or pulling apart of the webbing. Each joint (except for the door stop strap) will be secured further with a bit of heat shrink tubing. This will protect the stitching and make everything look a bit better too.

 diy pocket monkii

Step 3: Process - Cut, Sew, Shrink

Handles/Door Stop

Cut the PVC into three lengths using a hacksaw. These should be cut to just slightly longer than the width of your closed hand. For me it was about 4.5". Two will be handles, and one will be the door stop. Use a utility knife to fillet out the inside edges of the ends of each piece; this will prevent rubbing and abrasion of the straps on those corners. Wrap the handles in a layer of Gorilla Tape. I find that Gorilla Tape works best, as it's extremely durable and offers a nice grip on the handles. Wrap a couple layers of foam tape on the door anchor, then wrap a layer of Gorilla Tape over top of that. This combination adds a good about of protection for the door and creates a friction "bite" on the door that will prevent any slipping while moving around and exercising.


Measure out and cut your 10', 4', and 1' lengths of strap. Cut off any tags or hooks attached to the straps when you got them, you just want strap material. When you make a cut, burn the edge of the strap immediately to prevent fraying; just take a flame to the end and just make sure you see a line of melted nylon form across the edge.

Thread two handles and two pieces of heat shrink through the 10' strap, slide a piece of heat shrink on the 4' strap, and slide the "anchor" end of the cam buckle and the door stop through the 1' piece.


Create a Lower Triangle on one end of the 10' strap by setting a handle approximately six inches from the end of the strap, then bringing the strap end to the rest of the strap about six inches above the other end of the handle (see picture) Secure the strap end to the other side of the strap with a Box X stitch. Create a Lower triangle on the other end of the 10' strap in the same way

Create a small loop (about 3 inches in diameter) on one end of the 4' strap. Secure this loop with another Box X stitch. The other end of this strap will feed through the cam buckle (see picture)

On the 1' strap with the cam buckle and door stop, simply sew the ends of the strap together with another Box X stitch to close the loop. When complete, slide the stitched joint into the body of the door stop to hide it.


Slide a piece of heat shrink over the stitches on the Lower Triangles and small loop. Shrink it down by applying even heat with a heat gun or lighter/torch from a distance. Be careful not to burn yourself or damage the straps or stitches.

You should now have three separate pieces:

  • The 10' strap with a Lower Triangle on either end
  • The 4' strap with a loop on the end
  • The 1' strap with the door stop and cam buckle

Step 4: Assembly, Storage and Setup


Feed the 4' strap end (without the loop) through the back of the cam of the cam buckle, and pull the end through to your desired length. Feed the 10' strap through the loop on the 4' strap so that the loop bisects the 10' strap, and the Lower Triangles hang evenly when holding the whole system by the door stop.


This system is fairly tangle-proof, as there is much less hardware and strap material flying around. You won't have to wind the straps or disassemble anything; the whole thing can be stuffed into the case of your choosing. I chose to go with a toiletry/Dopp bag, as it just fits with the travel theme of this system. You can use something like a pencil case or Nalgene bottle, or just fold the straps up and wrap an elastic around the handles or something, you can't really go wrong here.

Door Setup

IMPORTANT: Make sure you are setting up on a door that opens away from you, in this way the force you apply on the Pocket Monkii will be pulling the door into the door jamb, and not into the open position.

Simply open the door, place the door stop at the top of the door on the side opposite from you, then close the door (see picture). Adjust the height of the handles by adjusting the strap going through cam buckle.

Bar/Branch Setup

Wrap the anchor strap around the bar or branch and feed the straps through the loop of the anchor strap, tying the system in a Girth Hitch around the bar. Pull it tight, adjust the cam buckle strap, and you're good to go!

monkii bars 2 DIY ($40)

by JakeOfAllTrades 

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Step 1: Understand What You Are Building
Do your research on what the product is and isn't. Check out their videos, website, and awesome free training app. monkii bars 2 is a complete suspension system for improving your flexibility, mobility, strength, and endurance. Understand how the product is used and that will help guide you while building your own.

However, I wasn't ready to spend $195 on an (albeit incredibly attractive and well-built) piece of fitness equipment. So, I decided to would adapt this product to meet my own requirements as well as my own budget. I was able to make something very similar to their Ultralight Kit for about $40. Here is how I did it.
monkii bars 2 diy
Step 2: Materials
Most of the materials for this project were ordered from Strapworks is a one-stop shop for webbing, rope, buckles, and hardware. The rest of the materials and tools were bought at my local hardware store or found around my house.
Materials List
48' of 3/4" polyester webbing
I used 40' (anchor straps) in grey and 8' (handle/foot straps) in green.
Compared to nylon webbing, polyester webbing has higher abrasion resistance, greater water-resistance, and lower stretch/elongation, making it the ideal material for this project.
(4) 3/4" Rounded Metal Sliders
(2)  3/4" Metal Cam Buckles
Always test these ahead of time, sometimes they can be faulty made-in-China parts.
6 feet of 550 Paracord
You really only need the inner threads, you'll be using it for sewing. It has a high tensile strength and increases the max load of this system to about 300 lbs.
Sail Needle ---OR--- a sewing machine capable of sewing through webbing.
(2) 7" Lengths of 1" diameter PVC Pipe
You can cut the PVC with a hacksaw or miter saw.
(4) 1" PVC Pipe Plugs
I had to sand the shanks of these plugs down a bit to make them fit easily into the PVC pipe ends.
(2) Small Quicklinks
(make sure they can fit inside the PVC pipe)
(2) Small Metal Swivel Clips
(make sure they can fit inside the PVC pipe)
~32" of VELCRO One-Wrap straps
Cut this into (2) 10" straps and a 12" strap
12"x6" Piece of Neoprene or similar fabric
Gorilla Tape
Step 3: Bars and Straps
You'll be cutting webbing with scissors, and you'll need to burn the cut ends in order to prevent fraying. Do this is a well-ventilated area.
Measure and cut (2) 20-foot lengths of webbing. These will be your anchor straps.
Next, cut (4) 2-foot lengths of webbing. These will be your handle and footstraps.
Use the scissors, utility knife, or sandpaper to round off the inside corners of the PVC pipe. This will prevent abrasion on the bars and footstraps
When sewing hardware to the ends of your webbing, this is the technique I used. Feed the strap through the hardware about 1-1/2 inches and fold it onto itself. Sew the tag end to the webbing using a running stitch in a "Box-X" pattern along the tag end. This proves to be quite difficult with just needle and paracord thread, so I recommend using a heavy duty sewing machine.
Sew a metal cam buckle on an end of each anchor strap.
Sew a metal slider to each end of the handle strap.
On each footstrap, sew a swivel clip to one end and a quicklink to the other.
Tightly roll up up each anchor strap. Start by rolling the cam buckle first. Secure each wrap with a piece of 10" VELCRO one-wrap. This is how you'll store the anchor straps.
Wrap each PVC handle with a layer of Gorilla Tape. This greatly improves grip and comfort in my opinion.
Step 4: Make the Case
The monkii Bars 2 Ultralight Kit has a very ingenious minimalist case to hold the system together. I had a piece of fabric-backed neoprene from an old tablet case, which I cut up to make a similarly functioning case. If you want to make a case, here's how I did it; or you can use silicone bands to hold everything together.
Lay each rolled-up anchor strap side-by-side in the center of the fabric and trace their outline onto the fabric.
Set the bar side-by-side on top of the anchor straps.
Fold the ends of the fabric straight up to meet the end of the bars. Trace this outline onto the fabric for each bar.
Draw curves connecting the four circles to the outline of the anchor straps in a pattern that you like.
Draw a small circle inside each of the four circles.
Cut out this pattern, and cut out the small circles.
Ensure there is enough fabric left for the outer part of the circle.
Insert a PVC plug facing up into each of the holes you've cut into the fabric.
Ensure the fit is snug, but not too tight.
Step 5: Assembly
Stick the VELCRO-wrapped anchor straps side-by-side on the case.
Roll up the handle and footstraps and stuff them into their respective bar.
Lay the bars on the anchor straps.
Fold the plug ends of the case up and secure the plugs into the handles. This holds the whole package together.
Wrap the 12" VELCRO one-wrap around the center of the assembly to hold everything together tightly.
Step 6: Put Your Gym Where You Want It
To set up your bars:
Find a good spot to anchor your straps.
I like sturdy tree branches, exposed rafters, doorways, car roof racks, and field goal posts.
To set up in a doorway, loop the straps around a broom handle or t-shirt and shut it into the door so that the straps are pulling the door closed, into the doorjamb.
With 20-foot straps, you have a maximum of 10 feet of webbing from bar to anchor.
Throw the anchor strap over your anchor.
Thread the handle strap through the bar and hold the metal slides together so that the slots align.
Thread the tag end of the anchor strap and through this slot.
Thread the tag end of the anchor strap through the cam buckle. Make sure it's threaded from the back side of the buckle, so that the cam engages when you try to pull the strap back through
Adjust the strap through the cam buckle to get your handles to your desired height.
Repeat steps 26 for the second strap
If you will be using your footstraps, thread them through the bar and clip the swivel to the quicklink, then feed the hardware back into the handle so that only the strap is exposed.
Step 7: Work out like a monkii
For workout and movement ideas check out their FREE monkii training app. It's awesome, it walks you through tons of movements and contains hundreds of programmed workouts. 
I hope you enjoyed!


monkii bars Minimalist ($15)

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In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to build your own Monkii Bars that can be taken anywhere and are virtually indestructible. This is also, one of the easier DIY projects I’ve ever done for such a useful piece of equipment

The problem for many people however is pretty simple, they don’t want to pay for them. Sure they have what some would view as a pretty hefty price tag, BUT the quality of Monkii Bars is unlike anything you can make out of things you get out of the hardware store.

Although you won’t have the quality of the Monkii Bars on something you build yourself, you can have most of the same features and functionality, in what is essentially, just an uglier format.

Let’s begin…


  • One 1” at least 2 ft. long piece of PVC Pipe
  • 24 ft. of 550 Paracord
  • Four 1” PVC Caps
  • Two Stainless Steel Chain Quick Link’s


  • Miter Saw (Alternatives: Hack Saw, Hand Saw, etc.)
  • Scissors/Knife
  • Lighter
  • Tape Measure/Ruler


  1. Measure out two 7 ½” sections of your 1” PVC Pipe and make a mark.
  2. Cut the PVC pipe along your line using a Miter Saw/Hand Saw/whatever you have that cuts things. (PVC pipe is pretty easy to cut so if you had the fortitude, in reality you could do this with a pocket knife.)
  3. Grab your paracord, measure out 12 ft. and make a cut with your scissors/knife.
  4. Using a lighter/match burn all four ends of your paracord lines to keep them from fraying.
  5. Thread your paracord through one of the Stainless Steel Chain Quick Link’s and tie an Overhand Bow using both ends of the cord. Repeat with the other line of paracord and quick link.
  6. Wrap up one of your paracord’s and quick links, place inside of your PVC pipe, and place your caps on. Repeat with the other pipe, cord, and caps.
  7. That’s it!

Total Cost: ~$15-$20

How to use:

  1. Uncap the handles and place caps to the side.
  2. Throw your carabiner and paracord over a horizontal support. (ex: field goal, tree, pullup bar, etc.)
  3. Thread the carabiner through the PVC pipe.
  4. Tie your untied piece of paracord to the carabiner using a knot of your choice. There are many that can be used, I personally prefer the Buntline Hitch or the Double Overhand knot. If you’re unsure which one, or how to tie them, simply Google them for many different tutorials and options.
  5. Repeat for the other handle.

The problem in this is ensuring that the handles are at the same height. This will take some time to figure out in the beginning, but after you’ve done it a few times, it becomes pretty easy.

Final Thoughts

monkii bars are an awesome tool for those that like to train in the outdoors. There’s something really fun about hitting a trail with monkii bars in hand and knowing at anytime you can set up a station for pullups, dips, and whatever else you want to do.

This is such a cheap and easy DIY, there’s little reason to not make them. I think they’re perfect for anyone who travels a lot or likes going on trail runs.

Give it a shot, and more importantly, get outside of the gym more. This is the perfect tool to help you do so.

Stay Strong, Live Long,