There are two basic design styles that can be achieved with a rack made of pipe fittings. If you choose copper or brass pipes, this will evoke a sort of Victorian feel, especially if you are making a pot rack, as pipes were regularly left exposed in kitchens of this era. If you choose steel pipes, then this will give a more modern, industrial look. Either way, making a rack from pipe fittings is uncomplicated and you can play around with the design, putting together and taking apart as needed.
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Things you need
- Pipe pieces, various lengths
- Pipe connectors: corners, three-way and four-way
- Pipe wall/ceiling mounts
- 2 inch screws
Make a grid for the rack by connecting pipe pieces with pipe connectors. Use corner connectors on the corners, three-ways on the sides and four-way connectors to connect the cross points of the grid. This will suit a wall or ceiling mounted rack. You can make the grid of the rack to the dimensions that suit the space available.
Place two pipe mounts, for either wall, or ceiling on each side of the rack grid. Some mounts you can slide over the pipe; others need to be screwed in. If you have the screw variety, use a metal drill bit and the screws that accompany the mounts.
Position the rack on the wall or ceiling. Use a level to ensure it is straight if on the wall. Drill 2 inch screws through the screw holes on the mounts into the studs behind the wall or ceiling.
Attach S-hooks to the pipes for hanging things from the rack.
Tips and warnings
- If you intend to hang heavy items from a ceiling mounted rack, use toggle bolts that go right through the ceiling studs instead of screws.
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