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How To Build a Standing Clothing Rack for Under $50

May 25, 2018

 

I recently saw a clothing rack on Pinterest and kind of fell in love with it. I thought it looked pretty simple, so I took a screenshot and sent it to Jake (VERY common occurrence) asking if he could make it. He replied of course he could, which I expected, so I was thrilled to have a weekend project to look forward to. I wanted to share it today in case anyone wants to build it over the long Memorial Day weekend!

For anyone who doesn’t know, Jake owns a small construction company, so he is extremely handy and can fix and build pretty much anything. He also has great (aka FREE) access to some of the supplies we needed which was even better. Even with buying any of this, the project is still very inexpensive. The only thing we really had to pay for was the spray paint and the pipes which was about $40 total. Jake still wants to add another piece on the front to close it off if he can find another nice pallet, but for now I think it’s lovely and definitely serves its purpose.

 

What we needed:

70 screws (roughly. we used 3 inch deck screws)

1 Drill

1 saw (unless your wood is already cut)

6 pieces of pallet wood (about 1/4″ x 4′)

1 10 ft 2 x 4 (this could depend on your pallet wood)

2 60″ 3/4″ thick galvenized steel pipes

1 42″ 3/4″ thick galvanized steel pipe (we had this cut and threaded from a 48″ pipe at Home Depot)

2 90 degree 3/4″ elbow pieces

2 3/4″ floor mount pieces

OPTIONAL:

2 3/4″ brackets

2 hooks

1 can of flat white spray paint. Make sure it’s flat not satin or glossy!

Newspaper or tarp

Painters tape

 

Here are all of the steps together, and I’ll also pair them with the corresponding pictures below:

Step 1: If you already have the pallet wood, lay them all down next to each other and measure the total width.

Step 2: Cut a base piece from the 2 x 4 for each row of nail holes you have (ours had 4)

Step 3: Set up the 2 outside mount pieces and lay the pallet wood on top

Step 4: Slowly put a screw through each nail hole, being careful not to crack the wood

Step 5: Once you have both end pieces mounted, measure the distance between the outer mount and the next row of nail holes on both sides

Step 6: Cut the measured amounts from the 2 x 4 and screw them to the center of the two outer mount pieces. This is the support piece for the rack base.

Step 7: Attach the two inner mount pieces with screws from the top and place 2 screws on the other end of the cross 2 x 4

Step 8: Now that the base is complete, assemble the rack by screwing the pipes into the elbow and mount pieces

Step 9: Place the assembled rack in the center of the base and mark where the screw holes are with a pencil

Step 10: Drill small pilot holes (smaller than your screws) where you made your pencil marks to ensure you don’t crack the pallet wood

(if you’re going to paint the base, it would be easier to do it here before you mount it)

Step 11: Place the rack back over your holes and put a screw through each mounting hole

Step 12: If you’re like us and wait to paint until after, cover the bottom and apply the spray paint in long strokes

Step 13: (Optional) Add the mounting pieces at whatever height you want. I added these for accessories like purses or belts.

Let dry and enjoy!!

 

Step 1: If you already have the pallet wood, lay them all down next to each other and measure the total width.

 

Step 2: Cut a base piece from the 2 x 4 for each row of nail holes you have (ours had 4)

 

Step 3: Set up the 2 outside mount pieces and lay the pallet wood on top

 

Step 4: Slowly put a screw through each nail hole, being careful not to crack the wood

 

Step 5: Once you have both end pieces mounted, measure the distance between the outer mount and the next row of nail holes on both sides

 

Step 6: Cut the measured distance amounts from the 2 x 4 and screw them to the center of the two outer mount pieces. This is the support piece for the rack base.

 

Step 7: Attach the two inner mount pieces with screws from the top and place 2 screws on the other end of the cross 2 x 4

 

Step 8: Now that the base is complete, assemble the rack by screwing the pipes into the elbow and mount pieces

 

Step 9: Place the assembled rack in the center of the base and mark where the screw holes are with a pencil

(if you’re going to paint the base, it would be easier to do it here before you mount it)

 

Step 11: Place the rack back over your holes and put a screw through each mounting hole

 

I forgot to take an actual picture of this process, so this was from my IG stories haha!

Step 12: If you’re like us and wait to paint until after, cover the bottom of the pipes and apply the spray paint in long strokes

 

Step 13: (Optional) Add the mounting pieces at whatever height you want. I added these for accessories like purses or belts.

 

And there you have it! A super cute minimalist rustic style clothing rack that’s very affordable and relatively easy to make. I also may or may not have an addiction to cardigans. But I’m ok with it.

If you have any questions about building your clothing rack, feel free to reach out and I’ll ask Jake for you lol. Tag me in your finished product if you build it so I can check it out!!

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend!!

Thank you to all the Vets out there that have served our beautiful country.

Special shoutout to my mom, grandpas, uncles, sister, and brother-in-law for their service ♥️

XO,

Dani

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