I know I’ve been fairly MIA lately, but with the holidays and relocating to Pittsburgh, PA, things have been appropriately insane. Buuuut, I’ve finally had some time to settle in, and wanted to share one of the many exciting DIY home projects I’ve been working on since moving to the Steel City.
Quick side note: Pittsburgh homes have A LOT more space than NYC apartments. Like infinite times more space. I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve lost my phone (and my fiancé) because it (he) is not in the same room with me at all times. It’s awesome and scary.
Given the amount of space we have, I found myself adjusting from an awkward built-in closet in the middle of my living room (NYC) to an entire ROOM for a closet (P-burgh). I was p-u-m-p-e-d. It’s every girl’s dream to have a space fully devoted to basking in the glory of all of her clothing, isn’t it? (I should probably reassess my priorities having put that statement in writing. Oh well.)
That said, the physical closet in my “closet room” is actually quite small, which was a big no-no for me since I’m a devotee to hanging and actually seeing my clothes. (Try it. You’ll end up wearing pieces you forgot you even own). In an attempt to gain more prime hanging space, I spent hours online making eyes at gorgeous steel pipe garment racks. I love how they look industrial, rustic, and chic all at the same time, and they let you display your clothes the way they should be displayed – front & center.
Here are a few of the options I loved:
After all that Etsy rabbit hole searching, I decided to bite the bullet and make one myself. And since it was super easy and much cheaper than any of the options above, I thought I’d share.
Here’s what you’ll need from Lowe’s/Home Depot/Ace Hardware:
- A piece of plywood cut to your specific dimensions for the base
- Some wood stain in your preferred color (I like Mission Oak)
- Four (4) casters if you want it to be able to roll
- Three (3) pieces of PVC pipe cut to your dimensions. If they don’t have your specific dimensions pre-cut and threaded, you can have someone do it for you in the store. I bought the pre-cut stuff.
- Two (2) steel pipe elbows (same width as your PVC pipes)
- Two (2) steel flanges (same width as your PVC pipes)
- A drill
Once you’ve purchased everything with the right dimensions, putting it together is pretty self-explanatory. Stain the wood, affix the casters to the bottom of the wood, affix the flanges to the top of the wood, and screw the pipes together. I’d recommend watching a few YouTube videos before you put it together (there are several, this one worked well for me.)
So without further adieu, here are several photos of my new handmade garment rack! I must say, I am utterly in love (with both the rack, and with the clothing it displays so beautifully).
Isn’t that suede fringe jacket amazeballs?! Thank you to my mommy for such a gorgeous Christmas gift.
Lastly, a special shout out to my handy man fiancé Christian for helping me overcome my fear of power tools.