Loft Style: DIY Industrial Chic Garment Rack

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Overflowing closet? Need guest room storage? How about a rolling rack in the laundry room? Make this industrial-modern garment rack using plumbing pipes and a pre-cut wood board from your local hardware store. No problem!

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This garment rack is a useful small-space solution for displaying your favorite go-to pieces at arm’s reach or for a pop-up entryway storage solution. It oozes with industrial loft-like appeal and is a simple project from start to finish — the trick to success is in the order of assembling everything.

You’ll Need

  • Wood panel (48 inches by 11½ inches by ¾-inch)
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Caster wheels (we used 3-inch steel swivel casters)
  • Water-based wood stain
  • Stir sticks
  • Paintbrush
  • Water-based wood sealer
  • ¾-inch 5-foot galvanized steel plumbing pipe, 2
  • ¾-inch 3-foot galvanized steel plumbing pipe, 1
  • ¾-inch galvanized steel floor flanges, 2
  • ¾-inch galvanized steel 90-degree elbow fittings, 2
  • Power drill fitted with Phillips-head screwdriver bit
  • ¾-inch screws (#10), 24
  • ¾-inch nuts (#10), 24

Start out by selecting a wood panel in a size that will work well for your space. Most hardware stores carry pre-cut wood panels in standard project sizes, ready to grab and go. We went with a 48-inch-by-11½-inch-by-¾-inch pine panel because the length works well with our dressing area, and the width of the board is a good size for storing shoes.

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To prep the wood, give the entire panel a light sanding to help smooth any rough edges, deep ridges or hidden debris. Dust off any remaining sanded particles, and then apply stain in a thin and even layer using a paintbrush. Build up stain to the desired finish, using a clean rag or an old T-shirt to wipe up any excess in between layers. Allow each layer to dry fully before applying the next. We used two full coats of a quick-drying cherry-colored stain.

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After the stain is dry, seal the wood for protection using a water-based polyurethane (water-based polyurethanes are suited best for indoor projects because you can wipe them clean with soap and water versus mineral spirits). Apply in two thin and even coats, following the package directions and allowing it to dry fully.

Next up, attach the caster wheels to the bottom of the panel. This will create the base for the garment rack, making it easily transportable. Using a power drill, screw each caster aligned with the four corners of your wood panel. If you have a favorite side of the wood, drill the casters on the opposite, bottom side.

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After the casters are fully secured, you’ll have what resembles a funny-looking skateboard. We may or may not have been tempted to try said skateboard out before moving onto the next steps of the project.

To assemble the rack, you make a large “U” shape and then drill the entire assembled piece down to the wood panel. Start by threading one floor flange on the end of one of the 5-foot steel pipes.

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Fit one of the 90-degree elbow fittings on the other end of the same 5-foot pipe. Thread the 3-foot pipe through end of attached 90-degree elbow fitting. Then thread the remaining 90-degree elbow fitting on the exposed end of this pipe, until the opening faces 90 degrees down, matching the other side.

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Thread the remaining 5-foot pipe through the opening of the second elbow fitting, and finish by twisting the remaining floor flange to the exposed end.

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Fit and mark the rack to be centered on top of the wood panel, and then carefully screw in both floor flanges, securing them into the wood.

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You’ve now got a garment rack. See how simple it can be?

All that’s left is rolling your new rack inside to display and organize everything from coats and clothes to shoes and accessories.

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Styling Tips

  • Purchase a bulk pack of matching hangers to help streamline the look of your hanging garments. We found a pack of wooden hangers with a cherry finish similar to the wood stain we used, so it all ties nicely together.
  • Drape scarves and purses around the necks of hangers to neatly organize them.
  • Use the base wood panel as a storage shelf to line up shoes and conceal small clutter in containers, such as a vintage train case, hat box or lidded basket.

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Looking for more organization ideas? Find out how to make these contemporary wall holders and recycle your empty spice tins into these modern magnetic organizers, both from eHow’s Home series.

Cheers,
Mary & Tim

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