Tie Rack




My husband is very fond of Ties... :) ! It means, whenever he goes shopping he ends up buying ties. The result, even after discarding old ties...numbers doesn't come below 100 !! It is a big hassle in the mornings searching for a tie from the huge lot specially when he has a particular tie in his mind!! Desperately we needed to organize the ties in a way easy to access and choose.

We bought many tie racks but they didn't workout for us..:( ! So I set out to make a rack. And out of the wooden slats made one. During the course of shifting house, I disassembled it. And later had the idea of making the height of the legs shorter to adjust it to another part of the cupboard!

I wanted to share this simple project in the instructables but I don't have the step by step pictures of the basic frame...but am sure that by looking at the finished frame itself everybody can understand it! I will be happy if it is in any way beneficial for the reader... :) !

Step 1:

Needed materials:

slats(I took 3 different sizes 1", 1/2" and 1/3")


sand paper.

hand saw.


  • First of all I would like to mention that I didn't use any motor devices...only the basic hand tools. The length of the slats can vary regarding the space where we are going keep...! I wanted it to be inside the cupboard. And should be strong enough to hold the whole lot. So I decided to use the 1" slats for the frame and the legs. I will be giving the measurements which I used to make this tie rack.

Step 2:


(all the pieces were cut and sanded by the sandpaper to make it smooth, so the silky materials of the ties will not be spoiled or torn !)

2 of 20" (1" thickness)

2 of 27" (1")

2 of 17" (1")

14 of 15" (1/3")

2 of 16" (1/2")

2 of 18" (1/2".)

To make the basic frame, used two 1" slats (length 20") as the sides , and used almost 14 of 1/3" slats (length 15") between the side frames , with a gap of 1" within each small slats. Each slat was nailed firmly to the sides so it is strong enough to carry a set of ties.

Step 3:

At this point itself the rack(better a smaller version of it) will serve the purpose by hang/nail it inside a cupboard, wall or behind doors! But we had issues such as amount of the ties, not wanting to nail or drill cupboards/wall and exposure to dust!! So I decided to give legs and keep it on a shelf inside the cupboard...The rack should be in a slanted position so all ties can be viewed at a glance and will be convenient to take and keep them back. So I needed legs in two sizes!

To join the frame with the legs, we need to measure how much slanted we need the frame to be (I used 15" for front and 17" for back legs) and cut the points of the frame diagonally to fit in to the legs and nail them securely. Because of the thin legs and to keep the rack more steadier I joined all four legs with 1/2" slats (like in some stools) and nailed them. Nowadays choosing a tie is a peaceful event ;)! Thank you for reading!!



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    3 years ago

    This turned out really well, congradulations. We have a ton of ties, and this looks like a fun project for our near future. Thanks for sharing!


    4 years ago

    I too am a tie junkie. I lived in Texas for a while and there was a warehouse you could go to that sold ties in 20 pound bails for $20. These were new ties often with tags still on them. My greatest finds were an Armani with a $400 price tag and an E. Zegna with a $650 price tag. I amassed quite a large collection myself. while in Texas I started a Jerry Garcia collection and accumulated 112 different ties and upon my return home I had my mom use them to make me a quilt. It turned out amazing! It is by far my favorite possession. anyway kudos on the rack. Great idea!

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    I suppose I shouldn't tell you that I discovered that E bay is a great source of ties. I used to have a few Jerry Garcia ones, now I have many, its hard to resist buying $40 ties for less than $10.

    For example ------


    And by the way, NWT means "new with tags"

    Mine have once again gotten out of control, but it's so cool because ties are one of the acceptable ways that you can "peacock" and still be businesslike.

    I really like the blues ---


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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Don't worry your secret is safe with me...I don't want to make a rack bigger than this...:D !


    4 years ago

    Awesome project! Dad would have loved this! Myself, I dont even think i have more than two ties, but for the man that does this would keep them easy to select, keep them neat, and not use a lot of space! +1 on the project an good work. :)

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    Great work! An idea (I've done something similar)... imagine the tie frame upside down, then attach the (now) top to the shelf above with a couple of bent-over clothes hanger wires. That way, it's removable to replace ties in the back, while still not being permanently attached.

    Thanks, Jim

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    So very cool! I'm in a similar predicament, though perhaps on a smaller scale... I certainly don't have 100 ties! Have you considered putting the rack on drawer runners, so you could pull the entire thing out for even easier access? Nice project!

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you.! Actually it's more than 150....:-D! Yes it would work nicely...but I don't want any mark on the cupboard....!pls vote!