Diy free-standing clothes rack

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Diy free-standing clothes rack
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A clothes rack is a useful addition to any home. Use one in the laundry room to hang dry clothes. Use one in the basement to store out-of-season clothing. Use one to display hanging items during a garage sale. The possibilities are endless. Since a DIY free-standing clothes rack is inexpensive, easy to assemble and everything you need is available at your local hardware store, you can make as many as you need.

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Things you need

  • 2 Schedule 40 PVC pipe 1-1/4-inch tee units
  • 6 Schedule 40 PVC pipe 1-1/4-inch 90-degree elbow units
  • 6 Schedule 40 PVC pipe 1-1/4-inch-x-4-feet straight units
  • PVC primer (optional)
  • PVC glue (optional)
  • Measuring tape (optional)
  • Pencil (optional)
  • Hacksaw (optional)

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  1. 1

    Cut one 4-foot straight PVC unit into four equal pieces, 12 inches long each. Many hardware stores will do this for you, free of charge. If not, use a measuring tape and pencil to mark every 12 inches. Use a hacksaw to cut on your marked lines.

  2. 2

    Insert one end of each of the 12-inch pieces into the openings directly across from each other on the two tee units. A tee unit is a PVC fitting that looks like the letter T. For this project, place the tee unit so that it looks like an upside-down T, with two openings directly across from each other and the third opening facing upward.

  3. 3

    Attach a 90-degree elbow unit to the open end of each 12-inch piece, creating the two ends of the base for your DIY free-standing clothes rack. Place the two ends on your work surface so that they are approximately 4 feet apart, with the openings in the 90-degree elbow units curved in and facing each other.

  4. 4

    Connect the two ends of the base together by inserting each end of a 4-foot length of pipe into the 90-degree elbow units that are across from each other. You should wind up with a rectangular base.

  5. 5

    Insert two 4-foot lengths of pipe into each of the upward facing openings in the tee units on either end of the base.

  6. 6

    Attach a 90-degree elbow unit to the top of each upright 4-foot unit. The elbow units should be curved in with the remaining openings facing each other.

  7. 7

    Insert the final 4-foot length of pipe into the openings in the top elbow units, forming the hanging bar.

Tips and warnings

  • PVC pipe is easy to cut with a hacksaw, but ask if your hardware store will cut the pipe for you, making this project even easier.
  • This project is easily customisable. Make the clothes rack larger or smaller simply by changing the length of the straight units to suit your needs.
  • Gluing your clothes rack together is optional. If you choose to glue the pipe, look for a primer and glue combo-pack at your local hardware store and follow the package directions carefully.
  • This DIY free-standing clothes rack project is not intended for heavy clothing.

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