Make a Portable, Collapsible Clothing Rack From PVC for 10 Dollars in Under an Hour




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My daughter needed a small portable clothing rack for a dance competition. Make this one out of PVC pipe and fittings in an hour for about $10. Don't use glue and you can take it apart for storage and transport.

You need:

  • Two 10 foot lengths of 3/4 inch PVC pipe
  • Six 90 degree elbows (3/4 inch)
  • Two tees (3/4 inch)
  • Two couplers (3/4 inch)
  • Some colored duck tape fro decoration
  • A saw

Step 1: Cut Pipe to Length

Start with the two 10 foot pieces of 3/4 inch PVC pipe.

  • Cut 4 pieces to 24 inches for the uprights.
  • Cut 1 piece to 18 inches for the cross bar.
  • Cut 2 pieces to 18 inches for the long bases.
  • Cut 4 pieces to 5 inches for the short bases.

Step 2: Assemble

  • Take the short bases and insert them into the inline sections of the tees.
  • Place an elbow on each end of the short base and tee assemblies.
  • Connect the short base and tee assemblies with the long bases.
  • Place an upright on each of the tees.
  • Place a coupler on each of the uprights.
  • Place another upright on each couple.
  • Place an elbow on each of those uprights.
  • Connect the elbows with the cross bar.

Step 3: Decorate

  • Take various colors of tape.
  • Wrap in short overlapping segments.

Step 4: Complete

It's cheap and quick to make. It only takes a minute to disassemble for transport and assemble for use.

Ready for any time you have quick clothes changes at your recital, competition, or whatever.



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    2 Discussions


    1 year ago

    How much weight can this handle without tipping over? I'd love something to hold heavy coats by the front door, but could this handle that kind of load?

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    Reply 1 year ago

    I doubt if PVC would hold lots of heavy coats.