Intro: A Simple Clothes Rack From 4" Plastic Drain Elbows
I wanted a better way to hang up coats in our narrow entry stairway. I also wanted a place to store keys, wallets and the like. It occurred to me that plastic elbows used for drains might work. Their big round shape also looked to be easier on clothes. Their shape provided a built in key caddy. The parts are reasonably inexpensive. I used 4 hooks, but aesthetically 5 would have been better. This is because odd numbers of columns–1, 3, 5, 7, 9 etc– tend to look more pleasing to the eye.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Step 2: Drill Holes in Base Cap
These holes will let you attach the finished "hook" to the wall.
Step 3: Mark the Cap and Elbow
I used the lines and highlighted them with a pencil. A perfect alignment isn't strictly necessary, but it makes for a neater looking project.
Step 4: Joining the Elbow to Cap With Gentle Heat
WARNING: You could burn yourself, melt or burn the plastic, or start a fire. Be very cautious- proceed at your own risk!!!
Okay, in this next stage gently heat the plastic of the elbow for a few seconds. The plastic should expand and soften just enough to let you fit the cap inside the elbow. Align cap and elbow as you insert the cap. In a few seconds the elbow sleeve will cool, and your "hook" will be firmly assembled. No additional glue or screws shoul be needed.
Have a cup of coffee- Buddha approves!
Step 5: Attaching the Hooks to the Wall
I spaced my hooks evenly, aligned them with a level, and screwed each one into place. The hooks work well, and I have a place to store my keys so that they are there when I need them. My jacket isn't stretched either, as with the old pegs.
Later, I'll think of a more decorative way to frame the rack, and replace the old wood slat.