Our basement has become a dumping ground for anything we don’t have/can’t be bothered to find a home for. There’s a lot of coats down there so I decided to build an industrial garment rack to hang them having been inspired by some lovely items on Pinterest (of course!).
Materials I used
Tools I used
$165 (excluding tools)
How I built it
Select your base piece and measure the width. This will allow you to decide the length to make the shelves. My base piece was 11″ wide so I decided to make my shelves 15″ wide, as I liked the idea of them overhanging slightly.
Cut the shelves using a circular saw. I clamp the piece to my work bench for stability. I went with three shelves. Then sand down the edges to avoid splinters.
Fit the first flange to the base piece using a drill and screws. I went with one supporting pipe between shelves (to keep costs down).
Attach floor flanges to both sides of the shelving pieces.
Tip: Drill the hole directly opposite next as it helps prevent mistakes in placing. Don’t secure the screws fully yet so you have some room to adjust the piece if needed.
Tip: Center the middle of the flange on an X you measure and place the four holes at the four points of the X to help make place the pieces in the same place on both sides.
Attach a 10″ nipple to the flange in the base piece, then attach to the first shelf. Repeat until all three shelves are in place. I used 10″ nipples but you can go with shorter/longer pieces.
Attach 90 degree elbows to various nipple lengths to create the stepped approach.
Use couplings to attach nipples and make the horizontal straight lines across. Complete the rack by continuing to use couplings and elbows to connect nipples.
Tip: create the straight vertical side piece early on in the process so you can coordinate the heights between the horizontal straight bar on top to meet the straight vertical side. I had to play with different nipple lengths to make everything match.
Once you have completed the horizontal bar and the vertical side, attach the last flange to the bottom of the vertical bar. The last step is to screw the final flange into the base piece once you’ve secured all of the pieces tightly. Really take the time to tighten the threads before screwing in the flange as it will help with stability and is more difficult to do it afterwards.
I actually love this item so much, I’m going to put it up in our bedroom and not hide it in the basement!
Have any of you tried to make something similar? Any tips to share?