I’m not normally what you would call crafty, so trust me when I say that if I can make this, you can definitely make this too.
I recently moved into a new spot in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. I love 99% of my apartment, but the lack of a closet in my bedroom presented an almost immediate problem. What’s more, the only alternatives I could find were either ugly or expensive.
I love how simple it is, and that it automatically makes everything hung on it look like an art installation.
My one post-project “meh” was that I would like it to be a bit taller, but aside from that, I’m in love. It’s surprisingly sturdy, and comes in at less than half the price of other options I was looking at.
Here’s how to re-create this at home (no tools needed!):
What do you think?
DIY Copper Clothing Rail
(2) 10’ copper pipes (I used the 3/4” thickness), cut into three different lengths:
(2) 5’ pieces (the height of your rack)
(2) 42” pieces (3.5’) (the width of your rack)
(4) 9” pieces (0.5’) (floor pieces)
(4) 90 degree elbows (make sure you get the right size that matches the thickness of your pipes)
(2) T-shaped connectors
(2) Pipe caps
Glue of your choice – I used epoxy putty, but you can ask the salesperson that helps you with cutting the pipes what they would recommend.
optional: Felt pads to protect your floor
I got all of my materials at my local hardware store (Home Depot/Lowes), and the store should be able to cut the longer copper pipes into the sizes that you need.
total cost of materials: ~$65
1. Measure your space and adjust the size of your rails as needed. Mine ended up being ~ 5′ H x 1.5′ W x 3.5′ L.
2. Begin by assembling the floor section. Stick two of the 9” pipe pieces out either end of one of the T-shaped connectors, so that the middle opening is still open to the sky. Do the same with your remaining two 9” pipes and T connector.
3. Cap one end of each of the two floor pieces you just created. You should now have two identical floor pieces, each with one capped end and one open end.
4. Put a 90 degree elbow on each of the open ends of the two floor pieces. You’ll want to glue these elbows in place later, but first double check that the floor piece now lays flat, with the T connector opening pointing upward. Use your glue as directed to attach the 90 degree elbow to the smaller side pieces, then use one of the 42″ pipe pieces to connect the two short floor pieces together.
5. Put the 5’ pipe pieces upright in the opening in the T connectors to form the sides of the rail.
6. Use your last two 90 degree elbows to connect your final 42” pipe to make the top of the rail, and voila! A clothing rack!
note: If you’re so inclined, you can glue as many of the connections as you’d like. I wanted to be able to disassemble the rail if I move (or make it taller) in the future, so I opted to glue only the necessary joints to keep it from rolling.
Thank you to my darling friend Lizzie for her superior hand modeling skills. You’re the best!