Do you need extra space to store your clothes? If the answer is yes, or you just want more general storage (or think the metal pipe look is really cool – we agree) then don’t miss this step by step tutorial for a PVC pipe clothes rack! You don’t need to burn a hole in your pocket to have extra storage space!
Standing clothes racks are really practical as they can be moved around easily and fit into any space. They are also a great solution for both small bedrooms and guest rooms. This tutorial will explain how to create a made-to-measure clothes rack using PVC pipes and plywood.
Tools and materials
To do this DIY project you’ll need the following tools:
- Mitre box and saw
- Flat wood bit
- Electric stapler
- Screw clamps
- Tape measure
In addition, these materials will be needed:
- Masking tape
- 5 PVC pipesmeasuring 25mm in diameter and 2500mm in length
- 8 PVC elbows and 8 T connectors
- 3 plywood boards measuring 800mm x 400mm x 15mm
- Roll of plastic or wire mesh measuring 2 metres long and 1m wide
Cost, time and difficulty
The approximate price of the materials is less than £60. Some of the tools and materials required for this project can be found in this guideline shopping basket.
This is a medium-difficulty DIY project, ideal for handy-men and women who have already tackled some DIY creations. You will need to set aside a full day to complete the project, or slightly less depending on the type of paint you use and its drying time.
Step by step clothes rack from PVC pipes
PVC pipes are reasonably cheap, and are sturdy and strong enough to create the frame for this DIY clothes rack.
One of the best things about this DIY rack is that it can be assembled and disassembled as you need it. This makes it ideal for guest rooms. In addition, it goes perfectly with industrial style decor or loft type homes.
Step 1: Cut the PVC pipes to size
First, use the handsaw and the mitre box to cut the PVC pipes measuring 25mm in diameter, to obtain 4 pieces of each of the following measurements:
- 100cm long
- 70cm long
- 60cm long
- 28cm long
- 20cm long
Step 2: Drill holes in the plywood boards
Next, drill holes in the plywood boards with the flat drill it. To do this, follow these steps:
- Fasten the three boards together on the workbench, using screw clamps.
- Use the tape to measure a distance of 3.5cm from the side and top. Do the same for the other 3 corners.
- Use the flat drill bit to drill holes in the three boards.
- Lastly, sand both the top and bottom as well as the inside of the holes.
Step 3: Paint the plywood boards
The next step is to paint the plywood to add a decorative touch by combining two colours of paint (black and gold). To do this, use masking tape or painter’s tape. This type of tape is ideal for painting two different colours as it prevents leakage from one to another.
Firstly, use the tape to outline the area to be painted with the first colour. Once the paint has dried, stick the tape again to outline the area to be painted using the second colour. When both pieces of tape are removed, you’ll see that the results are perfect and the colours haven’t leaked into one another.
Step 4: Assemble the rack
Once the paint has dried on the boards, you can assemble the rack. Follow the steps below:
- Connect one of the 28cm pipes to two elbows, then do the same with the other 28cm pipe. Both of these form the base of the clothes rack.
- Position one of the plywood boards on top and align each hole to the 4 60cm long PVC pipes.
- Join the pipes lengthwise using T connectors and two 70cm long pipes.
- Place one of the plywood boards on top and align the holes to each one of the 100cm long pipes.
- Again, connect the pipes lengthwise to the T connectors and the remaining two 70cm pipes.
- Position the final plywood board, with the painted side underneath. Align the 4 PVC pipes measuring 20cm.
- Lastly, join the 20cm pipes to the 28cm pipes, using an elbow at each end.
Step 5: Position the mesh at the back
The last stage is to attach the mesh on the back of the rack. This mesh gives even more storage space, as you can use it to hang items, accessories or even photos.
Cut your plastic mesh to size with scissors. Next, use the staple gun to fasten it to each corner of the plywood shelves.
Once you have completed all of these steps, all that’s left to do is hang up your clothes and make the most of this great clothes rack created from PVC pipes.
What do you think of this handy DIY project? Now you’ve got no excuse – get to work and do away with your storage problems once and for all.
This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!