You know how I turned our third bedroom into a closet, appropriately named “The Queen Room”? You can read more about it here.
The Queen Room features a big clothing rack for all of my hanging clothes. I bought it at Target for about $30 last summer.
But the rack is a P.O.S. It wobbles and tilts and I actually had a whole bar of clothes fall on my head once!
Can you see how it is a leaning tower? And how the cheap plastic is ripping?
See the tilt here!? It’s about to collapse!
So I had Matt build me a new one!
Here it is naked:
It’s made from plumbing pipes! We saw one like it in a store and thought it would be fun to replicate. I have no idea how he built it, but here are Matt’s notes:
The pipe comes from the plumbing section. I used 3/4" pipe though I would have liked 1" thick pipes but it would have been another $20.
I recommend a base that’s composed of two 8" pieces linked with a T-joint. This will be wide enough to give you enough lateral support. Use rubber feet to prevent damaging the floor and slippage.
It’s easy to think your design through so long as you consider all the points where there’s an angle – note the number of T-joints and elbow-joints you need before you go to the hardware store.
If you make a two-tier rack like I made for Kath, the unfortunate thing is that you’ll come to a point when you can’t screw one bar in without unscrewing the other side. I just had to pick a midpoint, which means that the two middle bars are only partly screwed in on each side. This slightly reduces solidity of the unit but not so much that it’s unstable.
Finally, I highly recommend thoroughly washing and drying each piece before using it. These pieces are covered in metal dust and some of them have a petroleum smell. You don’t want that on your clothes!
Project cost: About $80
Here’s me putting the clothes back on!
And the extra long width means they are open and airy! My closet grew! Need more clothes!
Closet, Neat, Closet.