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.
Here are a few other possibilities:
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. Once your board is done, attach the flanges on the finished side, and the wheels on the other.
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!
Let me know if you have any questions!