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Diy free-standing clothes rack

Updated April 17, 2017

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

  8. Tip

    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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Things You'll 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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