My wife and I recently moved into a typical downtown apartment: great location, not very much space. The apartment only has one tiny closet, and we just didn't have room for all of our clothes. Initially, we considered buying a set of shelves to put on top of our chest of drawers, but the fact of the matter is, we're both really short, and those high shelves wouldn't be of much use. Hence, the idea to make a clothing rack out of threaded pipe that could sit on top of the drawers.
Step 1: Materials and Measurements
ALL PIPES SHOULD HAVE BOTH ENDS THREADED
2x pipes the height of your stand, less ~4" (the bottom and top joints will add to the final height)
1 pipe the length of your stand, less ~4"
4x pipes 8" each, for the base (this is for a final base width of about 20", which is very stable on mine)
2x 90 degree elbow joints
2x tee joints
4x end caps (these are important, to make the base level with the tee joints; your rack will wobble without them)
Regarding the height of the rack: I measured it out so that my wife and I could both comfortably reach the top bar. I realized after it was assembled that it could've been significantly taller, because you hold the hanger from the bottom when you're taking things on and off the rack. This gives you about 9" more reach. It would've been nice to have those few inches, to make more room for storage underneath.
A small tip: my pipes came covered in grease, presumably because of the cutting and threading machinery. You'll want to clean them up well before doing anything with them!
Step 2: Screw It All Together
Screw two of the 8" pipes into each of the tee joints, such that they make a straight line.
Put the end caps on the open ends of the 8" pipes.
Screw the two remaining pipes into the open ends of the tee joints.
Attach the two tee-shaped pieces to the open ends of the 90 degree elbow joints, making sure the tee is perpendicular to the direction of the top bar.
And that's it! Make sure all the joints are screwed on tightly, and hang your clothes from them!