DIY Pipe Clothing Rack

Today I’m sharing my DIY on how to build a durable clothing rack. Wether you’re a sewist or someone who love clothes and doesn’t have enough space on your closet? Then clothing rack is probably your best choice. This is roughly $80-$90 total cost, but its sturdy and strong that you’ll probably be able to pass down to your children’s children. And really, this pipe clothing rack is a timeless, beautiful piece that fits into a wide variety settings. Also it gives me that vintage feels.

what you’ll need:

  • 2 pcs. 60″ Black pipes
  • 1 pc. 36″ Black pipe
  • 4 pcs. Black Steel Nipple 3/4″ x 6″
  • 4 pcs. Black Steel Nipple 3/4″ x 3″
  • 2 pcs. Threaded Tee 3/4″
  • 2 pcs. Black Iron Floor Flange 3/4″
  • 6 pcs Black Iron 3/4″ 90 degree Elbow
  • Black Spray Paint

I got all my materials from Home Depot.

NOTE: The length of the pipe really depends on how high you want the clothes to hang. I chose 60″ since I’m a touch under 5 feet tall (In my wildest dream I am 5’4). None of my dresses and coats are that long either so 60″ long is really what I needed.


  1. Before starting to build the clothing rack, first I washed the 2- 60″ long pipes and the 36″ pipe with soap and water to get rid of all the oil so that the paint would stick better.
  2. I spray painted them because they had white lettering on them (which doesn’t really look good).
  3. Also, it is a good idea to wash all the pieces. Some pieces had bar code sticker on them which left a sticky film that I removed with nail polish remover.

Now it’s time to build the rack

Starting with the base, attached the two 6″ nipples to both sides of the threaded tee.

Attach the 90 degree elbow to each 6″ nipples.

Attach the 3″ nipples to each elbow.

Attach the 3″ base flange to each nipples.

Now attach the 60″ pipe to each base, set aside.

Attach the 90 degree elbow to one of the 60″ pipe.

Attach the 36″ pipe to the above elbow creating like an L. Then attach the last 90 degree elbow to the other end of the 36″ pipe.

Now, you can connect the other 60″ pipe with the base on it to the 36″ pipe.

Stand it up and make sure everything is level.

Walllaaaaahhhhh!! Now, you have an awesome sturdy clothing rack.

Overall, this was an easy and fun project to make that you can finished in less than an hours. You might need some muscle to help you tighten all the pieces together. My husband tighten all the pipes by hand because pipe wrenches would have marred the surfaces.

Oh, before I forget. BRING A GLOVES with you when you are buying the pieces. It really could be messy picking up all the pipes. My husband and I ended up having hands like mechanics.


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