Introduction: Sliding Pants Rack

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I bought a wardrobe from ikea to store my work clothes in. While walking around at ikea, I came across a Pax wardrobe with a Komplement pants hanger on rails. Unfortunately, they did not make them in the size for the cheapo Kullen wardrobe I bought, and I sure as hell wasn't going to shell out 900+ for a Pax just so I could have the hanger. Plus, it was made out of wire for the most part, and flexed a lot and made a nice "twang" sound when you flicked it.

Step 1: Plan It Out

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I started off by measuring the space that I was to mount this in. it ended up being 31" x 19".

The sliders occupy roughly 1" of space, so my needed to be ~ 30" x 18" or so.

The frame needed to be able to hold its shape and not flex, and it needed something a bit more substantial than one single hole to hold the dowels. i decided on something like this:

Step 2: Materials

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I headed over to my local Home Depot and picked up some wood, among other things.

1 1" x 2" x 8' piece of wood. $2.09
3 1/2" x 48" wooden dowel $4.17
1 set of drawer sliders $5.48

Step 3: Tools

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Next, I gathered tools, ie dug around in the garage

1/2" drill bit.

Drill for making holes. A hand drill would work, but it would take a while.

Miter saw. Nice clean cuts. A hand saw works just fine, but again, it would take a while.

Tape measure. Measure twice, cut once. Or if you're like me, measure one, cut once, measure again, curse, cut again.

Hammer. I used a combination of nails and screws to put this together, so I assume you know what it'll be used for.

Step 4: So It Begins

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Commence cutting!

watch out for fingers.

Step 5: Sand

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Since I don't want wooden splinters ripping into my pants and such, the next step was to sand everything. Prepare for masturbation jokes if it so happens that your friends or neighbor walks by while you're sanding down the dowels.

I started off with a rougher 220 grit, then 600, and finished off with 800.

Step 6: Time to Drill Some Holes

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now comes the fun part. The dowels are 1/2". The drill bit is also 1/2". Can you guess?

I only had one clamp, so I ended taping the two pieces of wood together and making the top piece. Be sure you leave equal amounts of space on each side.

Step 7: Voltron Assemble!

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put it together.

I assembled the frame first by tacking it in with finishing nails, then drilled pilot holes and put in a screw per side. After some adjustment I glued the dowels in with some elmer's on steroids.

Step 8: Rails Rails Rails

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obvious step, if its going to be on rails, they probably need to be attached. I used the supplied hardware to attach them to the frame.

Step 9: Now for the Wardrobe....

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Measure how far you want the rail down, mark, and make tiny pilot holes. I used the tip of the 1/2" bit and twisted it around some to get them started. Hold the rail in place, and attach to the wardrobe with the supplied screws.

Unfortunately, I must have messed up my measurements somewhere, because my drawer was about 1/4" too narrow and the sliders kept popping off. i ended up using a washer under each screw to remedy the problem. Remember kids, measure twice!

Step 10: Tada!

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now that that's all taken care of, put the rack in! If all went well, It should work. If not.... have fun tweaking it until it does :-P

The rack doesn't come out completely, but more than enough. If you wanted it to come out further, you could get a set of full extension sliders that roll on ball bearings and such, but I opted not to since they cost more than twice as much.


SherylinRM (author)2016-08-11

Thanks, now I know what to make for my BF for our anniversary in four months :)

Thanks for this :)

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mi_illusion_st (author)2012-08-27

Seems like this could be made into a tablecloth holder in a cupboard too, great idea thanks!!!

Love_Not_Found (author)2010-03-18

couldnt you just laqour it up  the clear coat stuff that makes everything smooth?

You could. But you would still have to sand it down to have the laquer/sealant/paint to adhere properly and also if you laquer over the splinter, you have just made a super splinter.

tinker234 (author)2012-03-01

wow i love the idea you know you could paint it

jean v (author)2011-10-27

do the dowels hold up well under the weight of jeans??

jeremyhoho (author)2011-07-12

How much does it cost you to make this?

Shurweenoya (author)2011-05-27

that's awesome!

BGreenHVAC (author)2011-04-19

Now that's using your grey matter! Brilliant.

Dr.Bill (author)2011-01-12

I got a closet that's 3' deep x 9" wide x 8' tall and I'm gonna adapt your design to it.

I'm gonna just slide the whole closet out like a drawer. Maybe even make it 2 section. 2 drawers.


omakii (author)2010-12-27

This is really cool! I'm definitely going to incorporate this into my closet project.

(Even though I am rather disappointed that it does not twang.)

MissJessica184 (author)2010-07-19

This is an excellent idea! I'm thinking of different ways that I can optimize the space I'm going to have in my new closet and this is a perfect storage idea! I love it, thanks for sharing it! ♥ Jessica ♥

keiou (author)2010-04-10

 This is the best idea ever! thanks!

deofthedead (author)2010-02-20

Note to self: Do this. You will be much less likely to keep procrastinating on the laundry. Augh.

Really, though: This is genius. Excellent job on the 'ible, and this seems like something that could be done in an afternoon. I see no reason not to do this! (except that aforementioned procrastination.)

linkyta (author)2009-06-16

Besides being a great project, I had a great time reading the comments in the pics hahaha

luigidifranco (author)2009-02-06

One idea. If you wrap every rail on some rubber material, you would prevent clothes to slide off. I imagine that if not balanced, trousers might fall down. With just one to two stripes on every rail could be enough to make them more convenient. Congrats on your idea.

fungus amungus (author)2008-09-23

This is awesome! You could probably double the number of dowels in there. That pair of pants has plenty of room next to it.

shooby (author)fungus amungus2008-09-23

Yeah, but it'd be annoying if you have to hold the others to stop them sliding out with the one pair you want. At the hanging point, the pants take up less than 1", but they're less compact at the lowest point.

fungus amungus (author)shooby2008-09-24

That's not that big a deal, really. You use one hand to hold the adjacent pairs of pants and pull the middle one out with the other. Compared to how jammed my tiny closet is with shirts and jackets, this would be cake.

shooby (author)fungus amungus2008-09-24

Build it and see

fungus amungus (author)shooby2008-09-25

Don't need to. I've used similar items before in my own packed closet.

shooby (author)fungus amungus2008-09-25

Nice, why not post a photo?

fungus amungus (author)shooby2008-09-25

Because I honestly don't think you're really all that curious about it.

Translation: "I type only because I have a keyboard, not because I have something to say."

Either your babelfish is busted or you're translating a statement about yourself. Not sure which.

shooby (author)fungus amungus2008-09-25

No really I'd like to see it. I live in a small apt, and am constantly seeking space saving solutions. If you don't have a photo, maybe just describe how it's different from this I'ble.

fungus amungus (author)shooby2008-09-25

Google "pants rack" and you'll see.

Here's a commercial product that crams them in tighter:
rack 1

Ones I've used actually have the pants overlap like this:
rack 2

It takes some getting used to, especially with a packed closet, but it really uses a lot less space.

shooby (author)fungus amungus2008-09-25

Notice how in rack 1, the two pairs on the left are almost touching...even though there are two more possible hanging positions between them. In other words, things could get tight. Yes, the number of dowels in this I'ble could be doubled. And whether or not that is an improvement is subjective, right? More dense storage, less ease of use. Standard problem. Blah blah blah.

tchiseen (author)shooby2008-12-07

If there's one thing I've learned in my life, it's not to cramp the pants.

Phoenixflame87 (author)2008-12-07

You could also close the frame to add support and drop the pants onto the dowels from above...and lacquer.

poetx (author)Phoenixflame872008-12-08

argh. didn't see this before i commented, but this is exactly what i was thinking.

poetx (author)2008-12-08

this is fantastic. very well documented, and the humor was an added and welcome touch. one suggestion... if you drilled through a third piece of wood, you could close off the other end of the dowels. this would have the slight downside of making the contraption exclusively top loading, but the upside is you would never have to worry about the dowels warping or breaking. (i thought about suggesting a removable endcap, but that would be more work than putting the pants on and taking them off from the top). i have got to make one, now.

pyrocop1 (author)2008-09-23

very nice ...maybe you should get your hammer a watch so it will be on time.

grantaccess (author)pyrocop12008-12-08

It wouldn't help ... hammers are divas.

kenn123 (author)2008-10-19

Very Nice idea, and easy to do, I could see applying this to a 'lazy-susan' style as well. I think the dowels will have a tendency to warp downwards fairly quickly... maybe making them replaceable would be a nice step to take?

bristolbob52 (author)2008-09-29

could do same with shirts and shoe(note) shoe rack from movie called overboard. goldie hawn,curt russel

jorgiux (author)2008-09-25

Thank you. Just what I needed! mine also looks fine.but I had to measure five times... The third rack was the final and the best for my pants... Mother is elated!

Nancie (author)2008-09-25

I love it. I will be going to Lowes this weekend. P.S. maybe you should get two tape measures.

theglobecruiser (author)2008-09-23

This is wonderful. Also perfect for towels.

shooby (author)theglobecruiser2008-09-25

Yeah! Imagine a whole linen closet with these instead of shelves. It'd keep the long term storage linens a little fresher I bet.

h3idi (author)2008-09-24

Nice. I have never cared enough to 800 anything... I have gotten to about 220. Kudos to you. I may need to buy some sandpaper for this project. Ace instructable, by the way.

darraughbj (author)2008-09-24

Excellent work, I now have not only the thought to build one for myself, but to make parts of it out of cedar.

shooby (author)2008-09-23

Nice job, this looks pretty handy. I would have made one for ties at the same time (although you may not wear ties for work, of course). I don't wear ties either really, but it'd be cool. Hmm, I now I do wear underwear. Nice, I'll make one for my briefs.

frollard (author)2008-09-23

Fantastic describes it perfectly! Perhaps a little varnish to keep the wood 'fresh'.

phantazn (author)frollard2008-09-23

yeah, that will probably be my next step. a nice clear varnish would be my choice.

cheezstake (author)2008-09-23

Fantastic idea. Good 'ible as well..

phantazn (author)cheezstake2008-09-23

thanks :) I've been lurking around reading up on peoples ideas for a while now, figured it was about time I contribute.

acidrain1 (author)2008-09-23

Very cool instructable. I may just attempt this myself.

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