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I love the industrial style look of these black steel pipe clothing racks!  I use one for my craft shows, and I always get questions about where I got it.  Well, I made it!  I’m going to explain how you can make your own.

The awesome thing about these racks is that it’s super easy to customize them to be exactly how you want it.  I used 1/2″ diameter black steel, but you can also get the silver galvanized ones.   The straight pieces come in standard lengths like 12″, 18″, 24″, 72″, etc etc.  but places like Home Depot will also cut/rethread them for you if you need something super specific.  You can also get the T-connectors, L-connectors, floor flanges, etc etc.

First, make a plan of what you want to make.  Here’s what my plan looked like. Triple check that you’re getting all the correct pipe sizes (I suggest sticking with 1/2″).  For the base I used a 12″ wide, 8′ long pine board.  IMG_4599

Here are a few other possibilities:


Before you actually put clothes on your racks, you’ll want to clean the pipes.  They tend to be a bit greasy.  I just use Dawn dish soap and a green scrubby. IMG_4614


Put your base together with the flanges, two vertical bars, and one of the horizontal bars so that you can be positive your anchor screws are in the right place. IMG_4601

Center your base, and then mark where your flange screws will be.  Drill some pilot holes so that you don’t split your board or put your screws in crooked!IMG_4602

Flanges in place!  If you’re going to be painting or staining your board, you don’t need to screw them in just yet.  IMG_4604

Flip your board over and place your wheels where you want them.  I put my wheels about halfway between where the flanges are on the opposite side and the ends.  I find that it is most sturdy this way. IMG_4605

Mark the screw positions and drill some pilot holes. IMG_4606

Before you add the hardware, do any staining/painting/decorating of the board.  You do this part after all of the marking/drilling so that it doesn’t get banged up.   I also spray painted my connector pieces gold. IMG_4608Once your board is done, attach the flanges on the finished side, and the wheels on the other. IMG_4609

Now for the assembly.  Screw in your vertical pieces and the T-connectors.IMG_4610 IMG_4611

Screw the horizontal bar into one end as tight as you can get it.  The other end will be loose. IMG_4612

Position that loose bar and screw it in halfway.  By screwing it in halfway, you’ll also be unscrewing it halfway on the other end.  You may need to try a few times to get it just right.  It will be totally secure if you get it right in the middle!IMG_4613

Put the rest of it together, and you’re done!IMG_4615 IMG_4619

And look how nicely it comes apart!  Perfect for transporting to craft shows or for moving.  It’s also easy to change things up if you want to add an extra row or change the size. IMG_4620


Let me know if you have any questions!