How to Build a Freestanding Clothes Rack

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You need more space to hang clothes, but the closet is too small. A portable polyvinyl chloride (PVC) clothes rack is the perfect solution. This lightweight, disassembled clothes rack fits comfortably into a closet for storage. It can be effortlessly packed into a car for travel and easily assembled within moments of arrival at your destination. It also doubles as an excellent clothes drying rack or a garage sale clothing rack. With a few inexpensive items, you can build a portable, freestanding clothes rack that lasts for years.

Measure 40 inches, 80 inches and 100 inches from the end of one 10-foot PVC pipe, making an indicator with a marker at each measurement location. Repeat this process with the second 10-foot PVC pipe.

Safely cut through one PVC pipe at each of these marks, using a handsaw. You now have four pipe pieces - two 40-inch pieces and two 20-inch pieces. Repeat this process with the second 10-foot PVC piece.

Sand rough edges from the pipe pieces using 100-grit sandpaper.

Attach an elbow joint to each end of one 40-inch pipe length. Fit a 40-inch pipe piece into the remaining openings on the two end elbow joints. You now have a U-shaped PVC piece with three 40-inch sides.

Fit a 4-way joint on the end of each 40-inch side of the U shape. The opening facing up on the 4-way joint attaches to the 40-inch length. The other openings are used to create the clothes rack feet. Insert the remaining 40-inch piece into the two 4-way joint openings that form a square from the U shaped piece. Set the square upright with the 4-way joints on the bottom.

Insert a 20-inch PVC length in each of the four remaining openings in the two 4-way joints. This creates feet that are perpendicular to the sides, providing stability for the clothes rack. Tap the feet into the 4-way joints using a rubber mallet.

Hang clothing across the top bar of the square rack.

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