DIY Clothes Rack

Use basic plumbing parts to make this DIY clothes rack.

| June 2014

  • This DIY clothes rack is a new take on the standard version. Using basic plumbing parts, the frame is minimal and portable.
    Photo courtesy Laurence King Publishing
  • Cut 2 of the plumbing tubes to 80 inches, and the other two to to 40 inches.
    Illustration by Christopher Stuart
  • Join parts A and parts B with three-way joints (C) to assemble the clothes rack.
    Illustration by Christopher Stuart
  • To find a good incline for the clothes rack, lean it against the wall and position a hanger at a height that doesn't touch the wall.
    Photo courtesy Laurence King Publishing
  • Connect the long tubes and short horizontal tubes using the 3-way joints.
    Photo courtesy Laurence King Publishing
  • Place your completed rack against the wall and hang clothes.
    Illustration by Christopher Stuart
  • “DIY Furniture 2” by Christopher Stuart features thirty new designs from leading and upcoming designer-makers.
    Cover courtesy Laurence King Publishing

Celebrate simple, modern and functional designs with DIY Furniture 2 (Laurence King Publishing, 2014). In his latest book, Christopher Stuart offers thirty new designs by leading and up-and-coming designers. Both conceptual and contemporary projects include diagrams and easy to follow instructions. In the following excerpt from the “Bedroom" section, plumbing parts are used to make a DIY clothes rack.

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This is a new version of the standard clothing rack, made out of basic plumbing parts. The design has been kept as easy and uncomplicated as possible—it is essentially just a frame that leans against the wall.

The weight of the clothes pushes the rack against the wall and makes it sturdy, while the simplicity of the design also makes it really easy to deconstruct and move around.

DIY Clothes Rack

You will need: 

Plumbing tube, 7/8 inch diameter, 160 inches long
Plumbing tube, 7/8 inch diameter, 80 inches long
Four 3-way joints for plumbing tubes
Roll of strong plastic tape


1. Cut the 7⁄8 inch-diameter plumbing tube to the following lengths:

Two x 80 inches (part A)
Two x 40 inches (part B)

2. Put the long tubes against the wall at an incline, with the bottom approximately 30 inches away from the wall.

3. Position a hanger at a height where it doesn’t touch the wall and mark this spot on the tube (see Fig. 1). This is where the horizontal tube (part B) will be located.

4. Put a piece of strong tape around the ends of the horizontal tubes (parts B) before inserting into three-way joints (parts C) to prevent them from sliding.

Once all four joints have been placed, finish assembling the rack by connecting the long tubes with the short horizontal ones in between (see Fig. 2).

5. Lean the rack against the wall, hang up your clothes, and enjoy! Optionally, two screws can be put into the floor where the tubes meet the ground so as to fix them in position.

Want more simple designs from DIY Furniture 2? For an easy seating option check out Make a 3-Legged Stool.

This excerpt has been reprinted with permission from DIY Furniture 2: A Step-by-Step Guide by Christopher Stuart and published by Laurence King Publishing, 2014. Purchase this book from our store: DIY Furniture 2.



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