A garment rack can be very useful for creating extra storage space for your clothes. You can even also use it in the laundry room for hanging up clothes straight out of the dryer. You don’t need to go out and buy an expensive clothes rack, however. With some PVC pipe and an hour or so of your time, you can easily make your own.
Step 1 - Cutting the Pipe
You won’t be able to buy the PVC pipe in the lengths you need. However, you can get the hardware store to cut them to length for you or, if that’s not possible, you can take them home and do the job yourself.
To cut the pipe, measure and mark the lengths you need on the pipe. Hold the pipe in a vise and cut to the desired lengths with a hacksaw. You can sandpaper the ends to get rid of small fragments of plastic, but it’s not absolutely necessary as the pipe ends won’t be showing.
Step 2 - Making the Legs
Start by dry fitting the pieces together to ensure that everything fits correctly on your garment rack. Start by constructing the legs. Take one of the 4-way connectors and 2 of the 12 inch lengths of PVC pipe. Fit the pipe into the holes on the connector that are 180 degrees apart.
Now, place elbow connectors on the other end on the 12 inch pipes with the open end of the elbow facing downward. Do exactly the same with the other 4-way connector, the other two 12 inch lengths of pipe and two more of the elbow connectors.
You now have the legs for your garment rack. To connect them, take a 36 inch length of pipe and put into one of the 2 holes of the 4-way connector on each end. When you’re done, the legs will stand with the long pipe between them.
Step 3 - Assembling the Rack
Take another length of 36 inch long PVC pipe and push an elbow connector on each end. You will have 2 lengths of pipe left. Put one on the other end of each PVC elbow joint. You will now have a “U” shape. Put each leg of the “U” in the remaining hole of each 4-way PVC 4-way connector. Your garment rack should now stand steadily and firmly.
Step 4 - Glue
Now you’ve check that everything fits securely and squarely, you need to glue it all together. Disassemble the garment rack and take your PVC glue. When you open it, you’ll see it comes with an applicator. Put a little glue on the end of each piece of pipe before reassembling. Push the pipe into the elbow and connectors for the most secure fit.
Allow about 20 minutes for the glue on your garment rack to dry, wiping off any excess glue as you go.