Modern Design Suspended Clothes Rack for Under $10 in Under 10 Minutes




About: I'm a designer - I started off working with commercial Architecture/Interior design and transitioned through to Graphic, Product, and Industrial Design. I love making things, especially trying new techniques.

I needed a clothes rack for my bedroom, but wanted something simple, but unique. I searched around for some but the ones I liked cost more than $200. I don't remember where I saw the design, but it was a suspended design that I really liked, so I decided to try imitating that.

This project cost me only around $2 for the wooden beads. I found a wooden dowel in a dumpster - they normally cost about $8 dollars. I had the rest of the materials on hand.

Edit: I found the design. It is called Copenhanger. It is, by far, much more beautiful and elegant than my design.

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Step 1: Materials

You will need:

1 wooden dowel (43 mm diameter cut to 1 meter length)

10 wooden beads (25 mm diameter)

Washers (12 mm diameter - I cut mine out of MDF, but you could use metal washers and spray paint them)

Long wood screws (55 mm)

Rope (red is awesome)

Step 2: Make Rope Hole

Drill a hole for the rope at the top of the dowel.

Step 3: Make Hanger

Glue two washers to the bead using the screw to align it. The hole is bigger than the screw, which made screwing it on a lot quicker.

I made those using a lasercutter from my makerspace. You can use metal washers. You'll need to add a gap between the ball and the pole so that clothes can hang.

Step 4: Divide and Mark the Dowel for Hanger Placement

To quickly figure out where to place the hangers:

1) I drew a straight line down the rod.

2) I divided the rod so that 10 points were evenly spaced.

3) I wrapped a thin strip of paper around it and marked the circumference.

4) I unwrapped it and divided that evenly so that I had 10 points.

5) I wrapped it back around the dowel and aligned with the tick marks on the dowel.

6) I used the marks on on the paper to mark out where I wanted the pilot holes.

Note: If you don't have to use 10 spaces - you can use any number. This is only so that things line up and don't look too randomly placed around the rod.

Step 5: Drill the Pilot Holes and Screw in the Hangers

Use a small drill it to put some pilot holes in. This helps prevent the dowel from cracking when screwing the hangers in.

Step 6: Secure the Rope to the Top and Hang

Slip the rope through the hole and secure it. I like using a wrapping method used by fishermen. Click this link to see it. It looks really nice and clean and holds pretty well.

Once you're done, put an eye hook in the ceiling and hang it!

I'm really happy because now my clothes aren't tossed on the floor anymore! Yay!

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    6 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I wanted the knobs to grip better so I thought to cover them with red water balloons. It really holds now.

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    3 years ago

    I love this! And then to add the balloons....genius. Thank you for the tutorial. This has definately been added to my "Must Make ASAP" list :-)
    Great job.


    3 years ago

    Clever! I like the addition of the balloons to make better grip. Good instrucible.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks! Yeah, it works without, but it really works better with it. I'd really like to get some Plastidip to put on the ends.


    3 years ago

    i'm tempted to try this someday... in addition to be effective, as there's nothing under (i mean no foot), it's easier to clean the floor, and nothing to fear about tripping over it either!