Do It Yourself Spreader/Hanger Bar by MasterN8
I am not sure what commercial variations go for in your local “dungeon supply store”, but I made 2 spreader/hanger bars for less than $20.
(1) 10’ 2x4 (sawn in half at 60”) (already had it)
(4) 1 3/4” Eye Bolts (5/16) - for the wrists or ankles
(1) 2” Eye Screw (5/16) - to hang from ceiling
(1) package of 10 5/16ths washers
(1) Can of black spray paint (should have gotten 2)
(1) Roll of Duct Tape (already had it)
I held the tape measure one end in each hand and measured the span of my arms outstretched over my head. It measured about 60”. I knew little Ginger has less of a span than I so I subtracted 10” from the overall span/length of the board.
I placed the board on the flat and measured in 5” from each side and drilled a 1/4” pilot hole completely through each end in the center of the 2x4. On the “head-spreader bar” I placed a screw-eye hook in the direct center of the board at 30” (again in the center of the 2x4) so it is perfectly balanced. I measured the depth of the screw-eye hook, and then transposed that measurement to the drill bit, marking it with a magic marker so I knew the depth to drill. Not drilling a pilot hole will almost ALWAYS cause the wood to split, ruining the board.
I placed washers on each side of the eye-bolts, and finally the nut. I spray painted the bare wood with a flat-black, rubberized finish. There will be a potential sharp edge on the opposite side of the eye bolt, so I covered each bolt head with wraps of duct tape on each end of each bar.
littlegingersub has already been spread out from the ceiling using the eye-hook for our swing as an anchor, and she seems to love it, but she can answer that for herself ;)
I made them versatile enough I think so I could have her laid out on the bed with these on her wrists and her ankles. She really is a good girl! :)