I know I have said before that I was excited about a post, but I am CRAZY excited for this one! I have been itching to have another DIY piece for you all, and I finally have one! This is hands down the best handmade piece Ian and I have ever done. Bonus: it is insanely easy to recreate! I could have made this entirely on my own, and it would have only taken 1 hour to build and install if we had all our supplies and materials together before hand. If you want to stain and seal your wood, it will take a bit longer. For information on staining wood, go here.
I think Ian and I also scored extra bonus points because we used reclaimed wood! We search the free goods on Craig’s list, and one ad posted a free wood pick-up from a barn built in 1920. It had to be torn down due to property renovations. Ian and I showed up with our trailer, and we climbed all over this huge pile. I found these gorgeous beams that I knew could be recreated into something special. Well, we finally got to use those beams for this project!
I never completely understood the appeal of reclaimed wood, until we built this clothes rack. My taste is usually very refined and chic, so my recent interest in industrial design and all things reclaimed has taken me off guard. But, who says industrial can’t be chic? 😉 I mean look at those heels!
I think it might be good to explain what inspired this design and why we needed a clothes rack for our bedroom. I am not sure if I have mentioned this before, but the closets in our home are tiny! It is one of the quirks of having a home built in the 1930’s. The closet in Ian’s and my bedroom has a difficult to use layout. The door to the closet is all the way on the right side against the wall, and the closet runs long along the front wall. The space is tight, and there is no room to walk the length of the closet to retrieve clothes. There is also no lighting in our closets, and Ian somehow managed to get the good side of the closet closest to the door. So, this means all of my clothes are far away from the door, and I have to practically pull out all of my clothes off the rack and onto our bed just to be able to see what I have. Ian and I both were feeling fed-up, so we decided to go ahead and make a clothes rack for our bedroom.
Our ultimate goal is to remove the current door to the closet and add French doors. We also want to brighten up the inside of the closet with paint, lighting, and different shelves. The space has so much potential, and it happens to be one of our first renovations on the list. But, for now, we have our gorgeous, reclaimed, clothes rack!! I have to say, I will not feel heartbroken if the closet renovation does not quite happen. 😉
The other huge benefit to this clothes rack is we can hang clothes seasonally and keep our other clothes in storage. So, right now as we dip into fall, Ian and I can have all our fall/winter clothes hanging up, while our spring and summer clothes stay in storage. And, I can see what I actually have, which means I can keep track of which pieces of clothing I wear that season and donate the ones I don’t! I am a huge proponent of living a minimalistic lifestyle, and I have no issue donating items I don’t use anymore.
On to the clothes rack! You will need another set of hands to hang the rack on the wall, but other than that, this is a one-person DIY project!
How to Build an Industrial Hanging Clothes Rack:
(2) ¾” Black Iron Tees
(4) ¾” 45 Degree Black Iron Elbows
(2) ¾” 90 Degree Black Iron Elbows
(4) ¾” Bi-Closed Black Iron Nipples
(4) ¾”x 2” Black Iron Nipples
(2) ¾” x 4 ½” Black Iron Nipples
(2) ¾” x 6” Black Iron Nipples
(1) ¾”x72” Black Iron Pipe
(1) 2x12x8 Wood Board
- To assemble the black iron supports, take 1 floor flange and attach it to one ¾” bi-closed nipple. Then attach one tee to the bi-closed nipple, and add another bi-closed nipple. At the top, add a 45-degree elbow.
- Make two of these.
- Now, attach one ¾”x6” nipple to the top of the 45-degree elbow. Then attach another 45-degree elbow, followed by one 4 ½” nipple. Finally, place another floor flange on the end.
- Your end product should look like this: (remember you need two of these for the supports).
- For your two back supports that will connect the back of the wood board to the wall, take one floor flange and attach it to a 2” nipple. Now, attach a 90-degree elbow at the end of the nipple. Then, attach another 2” nipple, followed by another floor flange.
- The end result should look like this:
- Remember, you need two of these.
- Depending on how much overhang you want for your wood board, you may need to cut it with a circular saw.
- Ian and I decided to leave 2 ½” of overhang on both ends of our wood board. So, we cut our wood board at 6’10” L.
- We had to add on part of another wood board to our initial board, since the board was not a full 1’ wide. I am not going to go into that detail, right now, but comment below if you would like a post on that! You won’t have to do this if you are purchasing the wood board I listed above in materials needed.
- Now, take your 72” black iron pipe, and screw it into the open black iron tees of your two front supports.
- Finally, you will screw in your long supports to the front of the wood board that you want facing out.
- Use a drill driver and 1 5/8” exterior screws for this.
- Then, attach your final two supports that hold the back of your wood board to the wall.
- Use a straight edge to line up all of your supports before you screw them in. Make sure the supports line up with the back edge of the wood board. This will ensure that there is not gap between the wood board and the wall.
- Hang your new clothes rack in any room you desire!
- Use a level to make sure your rack is straight. I highly suggest having someone help you do this. Then, use 1 5/8” screws with a drill driver and fill in every hole of the floor flange with a screw!
- Hand your clothes, and enjoy your new décor!
The love for this clothes rack is real. It ended up being the perfect accent piece for this side of the room. Initially, the wall was completely empty, and now it has a gorgeous, industrial, reclaimed wood, clothes rack! Now, if you want to recreate a reclaimed look, I suggest using a sander to make marks and imperfections on the wood board you purchase, and leave it outside for a month or so to weather. Wash it off, then hang it up! I did not use any stain on our wood. We treated it after we picked it up to make sure there were not any termites or bugs.
Isn’t it perfect? Ian and I are still in awe over this piece. It looks like we went to Restoration Hardware and purchased it!
I am going back to recipes on my next post. There may be a super, yummy, warm, potato salad that makes a perfect fall side dish. 😉
What do you think of our clothes rack? Comment below!