How to Build a Drum Rack From Scratch

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How to Build a Drum Rack From Scratch
A drum rack makes your drum set up completely customisable. (drums image by agno_agnus from

Drum racks are customisable systems for mounting your drum set. They allow greater flexibility and transportability than standard drum mounting hardware as they connect all pieces of your drum set to one compact system. Unfortunately, commercially manufactured drum racks can be very expensive. Using household tools and metal pipes, you can save money while enjoying the benefits of using a drum rack by building your own. Since a drum rack makes your drum set up completely customisable, the process of building your rack varies.

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Things you need

  • 1 1/2 inch steel pipes
  • Elbow connectors
  • T-Connectors
  • Screws
  • Rubber feet
  • Screwdriver
  • Clamps
  • Tape measure

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  1. 1

    Set up your drum set using your standard drum hardware in the position that you want the rack to be in. Play your kit in this position to guarantee that everything is at the right height and distance.

  2. 2

    Draw a sketch of how you want your drum rack to be set up. Keep in mind that all drum pieces must be accounted for and the rack will need at least two solid legs on each side of the bass drum to support the rack.

  3. 3

    Measure the distance of all drum pieces of the drum set from the centre of the bass drum. The various arms of your drum rack will join at the centre of your bass drum. Measure the vertical distance of your ride and crash symbols from the floor, as well as the horizontal distance between them.

  4. 4

    Cut the 1 1/2 inch metal pipes in the lengths that you measured. Most standard drum hardware will attach to 1 1/2 inch metal pipes.

  5. 5

    Attach rubber feet to one end of the two lengths of 1 1/2 inch metal tubes that are cut for the vertical distance of the symbols.

  6. 6

    Use a T-joint on each of the cymbal pipes and connect the two separate vertical pieces over the centre of the bass drum with the piece cut for the horizontal distance between them. Secure the T-joints with screws. This will help stabilise the rack.

  7. 7

    Attach T-joints to the open ends of the metal pipes cut to size of each piece of the drum set. Use the T-joints to connect the metal pipes to the rest of the frame.

  8. 8

    Attach the drum pieces to the metal armatures of the rack using your standard drum hardware.

  9. 9

    Attach any additional drum hardware to free space on the arms using clamps.

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