How to Build a Rack With Pipe Fittings

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How to Build a Rack With Pipe Fittings
Turn pipe fittings and pieces into a custom-made rack. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Pipe pieces, various lengths
  • Pipe connectors: corners, three-way and four-way
  • Pipe wall/ceiling mounts
  • Level
  • Drill
  • 2 inch screws
  • S-hooks

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Instructions

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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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