Free-standing Clothing Rack




This is very simple, both in concept and in execution, but it turned out great and I couldn't find anything quite like it here, so I figured I'd share.

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 you need are a few segments of threaded pipe, and the appropriate joints. I was able to find everything I needed at the local hardware store, where they were happy to cut pipes to the right length and put the threads on for me. I used 3/4" diameter pipe, largely because that's what my hardware store had. I think 1" pipe would work just as well, but thicker than that you might not be able to get the hangers over the bar well. Make sure all your joints match the diameter of your pipe!

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 the two elbow joints on to each end of the pipes that will be the top of your rack. Make sure the open ends are both facing the same direction.

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!



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    12 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    this is so fantastic, i'm going to put one on my flat-pack cupboard in my room {i'm tall, so i'll be able to reach}!

    read other ideas below, & gotta say, you guys are just as brilliant! i totally cannotwait to get started on these ideas!! thank-you, EVERYONE (`:^D


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the inspiration. I made one with PVC pipes and its grt.

    If you drill holes in the lower bars, you could add wheels and make it portable. I have a couple of bedrooms that are huge but have no closets. I have a lot of clothes and am also seamstress, so I need A LOT of hanging space. Since I rent, not own this home, building closets is not an option. These racks could be put two or more deep in these rooms with a nice standing screen around them (esthetics), the wheels would allow for pulling out the rack with what you want without harming yourself or your floors.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    how much weight can these pipes hold?? how stable is the structure if the pipes are longer (say, 8 ft.) with an additional horizontal pipe?? (and with lots of space near the floor for staking a few boxes etc)...


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you so much Mr. A. Square, how simple it was. Was able to get all the materials ready to assemble.

    Spent $79+ at Home Depot, 1/2" galvanized pipes.

    Could probably get other material pipes to lower the cost!

    Such an easy task.


    1 reply
    A. Squarelilstgo

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Glad you liked it! It's been over two years, and mine is still doing great. In fact, we've since moved to a bigger apartment with more closet space, but we still use it because my wife likes it so much!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    would it work also higher than this?like 1,7meters?or is this not meant to stay stable at such hights?thank you :)

    A. Squarethinkling

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

     It was over a year ago, so I honestly don't remember. Here's what I do remember: the pipe wasn't very expensive, but it was kind of pricey to get all of the cut pieces threaded. I only discovered later on that a different hardware store had standard lengths precut and threaded, and they were much cheaper. So, I recommend looking around a bit to see if you can find something like that.

    Good luck!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This helped me out a TON!!! Thanks for your generosity.!!!!!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I have to make a rack such as this for someone and I didn't know where to start.This will be almost what I need and less material than I had anticipated. I am going to clamp the rack to the table and place the table about 2" from the floor to act as a support and a shelf. The only thing left is to talk over the dimensions with this person.

      Thanks for this excellent idea.----TIM