It's no secret - I like to look good. And a large part of my stylings involve wearing a dress shirt and tie. In my short life, I have acquired quite a few ties, (only some of which are shown here, most are in storage). I've had a few different kinds of tie racks which have worked well, but since my wife and I started traveling and living in a fifth wheel trailer, space is pretty limited. For the longest time, I've kept my ties on a suit hanger, with the pant bar clamp keeping them in place.

This has been far from ideal considering the space it takes up in the closet combined with the fact that I have to unclamp the bar to take off a single tie at which time half of the other ties always fall off. Plus, there isn't that much room on the hanger, so it's hard to see what ties I actually have on the hanger bar.

With these issues in mind, I set out to make a new tie rack to more efficiently organize my ties in the small space I have available. This project uses minimal parts, mostly what I had lying around. The new rack has two rows with a raising clamp to keep the ties in place while we are on the road. 

Step 1: Parts and Such

Like I said, most of the parts and pieces I used in this project were things I had already. With that in mind, many things could be replaced with something else.


4 Dalrods - The length is whatever you need for you project. I was able to cut them in half (only needing 2). I would recommend at least 3/8" or thicker diameter, it will make drilling into the rods a lot easier.

Flat Aluminum Strip - I used about 2' of fairly thin, 3/8" wide pieces I originally got from Lowes. These will form the frame, so use your best judgement on what you need.

L-Shaped Aluminum Strip - I used about 8" of fairly thin, 3/8" wide pieces pieces I originally got from Lowes. These are used to mount the rack to the closet door.

Screws, Bolts, and Nuts - 8 screws to mount the dalrods to the metal frame. enough small nuts and bolts (6 sets) to hold the frame together, 4 or so screws to mount the rack to the closet.

Felt Material - Any sort of felt like material will work, such as velvet. You will need four pieces a few inches in length and as wide as your finished dalrods.

Window Rubber Insulation Strip - In case you don't make the pieces line up perfectly, this can be added to the clamping bars so they are definitely working.


Drill with various sized drill bits
Hand saw (to cut wood and metal)
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Duct Tape
Spray Paint
All your ties are geometric. You should get a few Jerry Garcia ones. No, I am in no way saying you have bad taste, but sometimes curves are better than just geometry. <br>I found some on sale, not a bad price really, some look pretty interesting. <br>http://www.absoluteties.com/jegatirele.html (never bought from these guys before, just found them on a Google search} <br> And yes, trying to travel with ties is sometimes a challenge. <br>I keep rotating mine so I don't only wear a few of them. I have a rack for the ones I have worn lately and another for ones I haven't. I take them off of the one wear them and then put them on the other. When they are all transferred then I reverse it and go back the other way. <br>
Thanks for the tip. Yes, I like geometric ties - must be the mathematician in me! Some of those look nice, but a lot of them just scream &quot;used car salesman.&quot; I do have some like what you are talking about, just not with me at the moment... I like the tie rotation. My wife does the same thing with dresses - every time we visit our parents (where we store all of our stuff while we are traveling) she takes a handful of clothes home to swap with other things she hasn't worn in awhile.

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