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Make It : Plumbing Pipe Rack Tutorial

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My apartment was gifted with many things - exposed brick, a backyard garden, lovely neighbours - but a real closet was not one of them.  With a space about 2' wide and 1' deep, it's more of a hiding place to stash things before people come over...

I was so inspired by Marcie's industrial-chic furniture and the merchandise displays I've seen lately that I had to build a solution.  A trip to the hardware store and 30 minutes (or less!) later, I am happy to report that my clothes now have a new home.


Materials you will need:

  • 2 - 1/2" x 36" galvanized steel pipe
  • 2 - 1/2" x 48" galvanized steel pipe
  • 4 - 1/2" x 4" galvanized steel pipe
  • 4 - 1/2" galvanized steel floor flange
  • 4 - 1/2" galvanized steel tee
  • 6 - 1/2" 90 degree galvanized steel elbow
  • 6 - 1/2" x 1 1/2" galvanized steel pipe nipple



1.  Wipe all your pieces with a damp cloth (your hands and clothes will thank you later!)

2.  This is the layout for the top of the rack.


3.  Attach 2 elbows to the ends of a 36" pipe.

4.  Add 48" pipes to both elbows.


5.  This is the layout for the bottom of each side.


6.  Attach a tee (using one of its double-ended sides) to the end of each 48" pipe .

7.  Secure the other 36" pipe between the tees at the single-ended side.

8.  Add a pipe nipple to the remaining side of the tee.

9.  Attach another tee (at its single-ended side) to the pipe nipple.

10.  Add a 4" pipe to each side of the tee.

11.  End each 4" pipe with an elbow.

12.  Finish with a pipe nipple and floor flange.


Stand up your new portable rack.


This basic rack could be customized with longer/shorter lengths, and you could easily add another tier (just use a tee instead of the elbows and build vertically).  I think it could even act as a headboard frame, or be used to hang blankets and textiles.


Comments (9)

  • Love this! I worked in theater for years and always thought this idea was genius. (its pretty much the standard way to hang costumes) We've moved into a new home and I have been thinking about doing it for my kids' dress up corner - the pieces that are on the floor as feet can also be screwed into the wall, so you can create a "towel bar" type of place to hang dress up clothes, or a towel for that matter.

  • Love this! I love the industrial look, and this will be extremely useful for all our heavy outerwear especially leather & wool full length coats. Would love to add an upper/lower shelf for boots.

  • I did this sort of thing today, only with 1" pipe rather than 1/2". I have a 12' span, so I had to break up the top bar into two 6' sections. The end flanges were the most spendy part.

    You can usually get a MUCH better deal on pipe by buying 10' sections and cutting them down (and threading them) to your size requirements. The Depot does not charge for this service.

  • This is very helpful tips to make a rack from plumbing pipes. thanks for sharing...

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  • WOW! Very creative indeed! I love how it was made. Very creative and resourceful... Really :)

  • This is something very creative side of plumbing service you have done. really appreciate you idea . Thanks for posting.

  • You are the most creative person I know! And you make it look so simple! You have inspired me to enter the plumbing section of the hardwood store for the first time! Thanks!

  • About how much did this cost you?

  • Crafter Comment:

    Prices will vary slightly but ours was around 125.00

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