Pipe Clothing Rack

I made copper clothing racks a few years ago when I opened a small boutique in the Pilsen area of Chicago. We suspended them from the ceiling using brackets, chains, and hooks which we also modified to make a matching fitting room. I also made a lightweight, portable fitting room using the same concept with PVC piping instead. I love this idea because it's easy to assemble and disassemble if you only need it temporarily or can be installed into the ceiling or wall using brackets for something more permanent. It's also one of our Home Decor Trends to try in 2018! This concept can be configured to create everything from a blanket or towel rack to even an entire closet system with a little creativity and sweat equity. 

Here is a tutorial from blogger Darleen from darlingdarleen.com. She gives easy-to-follow instructions 

Cost: $80

Time: about 30 minutes

Supplies: All these supplies can be found at your local hardware store. This project is not the cheapest but cheaper than buying a copper clothing rack online or at a store. Also, if you have a copper pipe cutter than the total price will be less since I had to buy one.

2– 3/4″ x 10 feet copper pipe

1– 1/2″ x 10 feet copper pipe

6–3/4″x3/4″ 90-degree elbows

2–3/4″ copper T

4–3/4″x3/4″x1/2″ copper T

copper pipe cutter

black sharpie

tape measure

E6000 glue (optional, but recommended)

nail polish remover (for cleaning the pipes)

Instructions: Don’t be intimidated to cut copper. It’s SO easy! I actually had my younger son help me out with this project. And he cut the copper!

Step 1: The first thing to do is clean your pipes. You probably have red ink markings on the sides. Take a rag and nail polish remover and just rub it off. Nail polish remover easily takes it off.

Now that you have clean copper pipes, take your 10-foot pipes and measure and mark what you will cut. Here is the breakdown:

Step 2: Take 1 of the 3/4″ diameter copper pipe and measure and mark 5 feet so basically right in the middle of the pipe. Once it is cut you will get 2 x 5 feet 3/4″ diameter copper pipes. These will be on the sides of the clothing rack.

Step 3: Next, take the 1/2″ diameter 10-foot pipe. Measure and mark 41″ twice. You will need two 41″ 1/2 diameter pipes. These are the ones that run on the bottom of the clothing rack and will hold up your shoes. You will have extra 1/2″ diameter copper pipes left over. Save it for another project!

Step 4: Then take your other 3/4″ diameter 10-foot copper pipe. First measure 41″ and mark. This will be the bar that goes on the top and holds the clothes. Then measure 8 x 3″ lengths and 4 x 2″ lengths.

Step 5: Now it’s time to cut!  It’s so easy.  Take your copper pipe cutter and place over the pipe where the mark is.  Tighten the cutter so it is secure.  Then rotate the cutter around the pipe clockwise 3 times.  Tighten cutter again.  Rotates counter clockwise 3 times.  Tighten the cutter again.  Rotate clockwise 3 times.  Tighten. Repeat until the pipe snaps.  It’s that easy!

Once you are all done cutting your pipes, this is what you should have!  Now you are ready to assemble.

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