Children's Clothes Rail




About: I love creating and making things. From leather wallets, wooden rings to DIY projects. I also make videos of everything I make, have a look at my YouTube channel.

In this video I show how I made this Children's Clothes Rail.

I haven’t posted on Instructables quite a few months, that's in part down to my wife and I recently having a baby. But I’ve been desperate to get back out and make something, so I thought I would make this cute little clothes rail for all of her clothes.

For this build you will need:

Wood Lumber
Spray Paint (US)

Spray Paint (UK)

Painters Tape (USA)

Masking Tape (UK)

Step 1: Measure

I wanted to use some of the wood I already had in the workshop. So I used some CLS Timber from a leftover project and cut 2 pieces down to 120cm.

You can make this as tall as you like, but I wanted it to be able to be useable for us adults, and when my daughter gets a bit older she will still be able to reach it.

I took this to the mitre saw and cut it down to size.

Step 2: ReSaw

The wood was a little bit too chunky for this build, it really doesn't have to be that strong, so I took it over to the band saw and resawed it in half. I did this for most of the wood in this project. It would have been much easier if I bought wood that was already a bit thinner, but as I said I wanted to use what was on hand, and in the UK these are super cheap and readily available is the likes of Homebase and B&Q.

Then I cut another piece that was going to make the width of the clothes rail. I just guessed at roughly how wide I wanted this, and went with 80cm.

Then further cut more pieces at 30cm wide, these are for the bottom slats.

The bandsaw left a few rough marks, and generally, I wanted to smooth the whole thing a bit more, so I sanded all the wood up to 220 grit.

Step 3: Think Before You Cut

It was about now in the project that I realised I really should have put a little bit more thought into the order in which I was doing it. I now needed to drill the hole for the rail, so I clamped the twice pieces together. If I had done this first, no need to clamp and I would have got a slightly cleaner hole, but it worked out fine in the end.

I was using a 22mm wooden dowel for the rail, so I grabbed a 22mm hole saw bit and drilled a hole on both sets of legs.

Next, I cut down the dowel for the rail using the mitre saw again. I left this 10cm long at either end this would give us a bit of extra hanging space and I think it looks pretty cool.

Step 4: Paint

I used some masking tape and masked off an area around 60cm from the bottom. I then used some white spray paint and painted the bottom half white. I left the bottom slats off for this bit so they would be contrasted to the white colour. I ended up needing 2 coats of paint, but I still wanted to be able to see the wood grain underneath.

Step 5: Screw

I use a countersink bit and drilled and screwed all the slats together, and the side support pieces. I also added a couple of screws at the apex of legs to add a bit more support. Then I slid in the dowel rail. You can glue this in place if you want, but I left it loose so I can take it apart easily.

It is plenty strong enough for all the clothes, but maybe not a child swinging on it!

Step 6: Final Images

That's it complete. It was a nice and easy project, it took less than a day to make, and would have been quicker if I hadn't been filming, and I wasn't making the design up as I went.

If you would like some plans for this let me know, I am happy to try and make some.



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    7 Discussions


    5 months ago

    My God! The main project photo, the color scheme - it's gorgeous! It makes me wanna buy 10 of them. Really beautiful, well done.

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    Reply 5 months ago

    Thanks so much man. Yeh happy with how it come out :) thanks for reading


    5 months ago

    I am using your idea to build a smaller tool stand that goes inside a popup shelter outside.
    Chainsaws fit under the lower shelf, and upper shelf is a 36" x 12" wire rack. I will hang extra chains on the outer side of the dowel, and drape things over to dry. Power tools on lower shelf.

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    Reply 5 months ago

    That looks great! really great idea :) love to see a photo when you've finished it!


    5 months ago

    This is a really slick idea, and something I might make. Great work, thank you!

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    Reply 5 months ago

    Thanks so much :D If you do make sure to come share a photo. It was good fun to make and very simple!