How to Make Garment Racks out of Suitcases

What You'll Need
PVC pipes or wooden rods
Wood glue
T fittings

It’s amazing how we can take the things that we have lying around and turn them into useful works of art likes racks, garment holders and what-not. I’m sure that we all have that one suitcase or trunk that’s been stored in one corner and gathering dust for years. What you do not know is that you can use any hand-me-down trunk or suitcase and transform it into a garment rack that you can place in bathroom to hang towels or dry unmentionables. Not only is a suitcase rack functional, but it can add flair to any room.

Step 1 – Prep your Suitcase

Almost any kind of suitcase will do for this project. If you do not have any old suitcase to work with, you can always hit the flea market and score some cute ones for a buck or two. If you happen to have those old suitcases that have metal braces to keep the suitcase open while it’s lying flat, it would be best to remove those so that you can open the suitcase to more than 90 degrees. If you have the more modern suitcases that only has one rectangle for storing clothes, you can remove the cover as you can’t use that anyway.

Step 2 - Set the Racks

Measure the suitcase and decide how many racks there should be as well as how far apart they should be installed. If you are using the two folds of the suitcase, you may want to position the suitcase upright and have the racks horizontally. If you are only using one rectangle, you can position the suitcase either portrait or landscape with the racks set horizontal for both configurations.

Step 3 – Drill Holes

Once you know where to place the racks, drill holes on both ends. Use the right sized drill bit for your rack pipe or rod.

Step 4 – Attach the Racks

Measure PVC pipes or wooden rods so that they fit the dimensions of the suitcase and with a little bit of allowance on both sides. The smallest PVC pipes measure 1/2 inch in diameter. As for the wooden rods, look for ones that aren’t that thick, but can still withstand the weight of hanged garments. Insert the pipes through the holes and add the fittings to the PVC pipes or knobs to the wooden rods to keep them from sliding off the suitcase holes. Use industrial extra strength glue to adhere pieces together.

Step 5 – Attach Knobs

To maximize the use of your garment rack, you can screw in knobs at the bottom edge that you can use to hang other garments with the use of hangers. Be careful to space the knobs out so that you don’t have your clothes rest upon each other when drying.

Step 6 – Screw to the Wall

You can screw your garment rack on to the wall to make it more than just a rack but an accent piece as well.