Completely on trend: Make your own clothes rack from copper piping
- Cost< 42 £
- Duration1-3 h
Large, chunky wardrobe? No thanks! Your clothes need to be easy to see and deserve a fitting clothes rack. No problem: We’ll show you how to build your own high-quality clothes rack out of copper piping. It will suit you and your style perfectly.
Have you heard about our 18-volt system yet? It offers a very wide variety of devices for many uses. The thing that makes the project below so special is that you can use the same rechargeable battery for every part of this project. Simply swap out the battery pack, insert it into a different device that is part of the 18-volt system and continue to the next step.
It should go without saying that your safety is paramount throughout every step of the project, so make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. You can find everything you need to know about the correct protective clothing you need when using each type of tool in our overview.
- pocket rule
- paint roller
- Copper piping, 22 mm diameter, in the following lengths:
- 2x 200mm
- 2x 250mm
- 2x 1045mm
- 2x 35mm
- 2x 55mm
- 2x 326mm
- 2x 235mm
- 1x 725mm
- 4x 322mm
- Connection pieces:
- 2x ball valve lever handle, 1/2“
- 4x transition piece, 22 mm x 1/2“
- Transition piece, 22 mm x 3/4“
- 6x T-piece, 22 x 22 x 22 mm
- 4x 90° elbow, 22 mm x 22 mm
- 6x wall washer, 22 mm x 3/4“
- 2 pine boards, 800 x 300 x 18 mm each
- 8x pipe clip, 22 mm
- 8x screws, M6
- Black gloss (PU acrylic paint)
- Metal adhesive
Let's go - step by step
Measuring the pipes
You need: pencil, pocket rule, Copper piping, 22 mm diameter, in the following lengths:, 2x 200mm, 2x 250mm, 2x 1045mm, 2x 35mm, 2x 55mm, 2x 326mm, 2x 235mm, 1x 725mm, 4x 322mm
Your new clothes rack is mainly made out of copper piping. The right number of pipes in different lengths are therefore needed. First, measure off all the lengths of pipe specified above and mark the points with a pen that writes well on the copper.
Sawing and sanding the pipes
It’s now time to start sawing: Clamp your pipes and turn securely on your work bench and gradually shorten them to the lengths that you previously measured (figure 1).
Once you have sawn all the copper pipes to size, smooth all the cut edges using a sander (figure 2).
Connecting the pipes
You need: All the correct lengths of copper pipe (step 1 and 2), Connection pieces:, 2x ball valve lever handle, 1/2“, 4x transition piece, 22 mm x 1/2“, Transition piece, 22 mm x 3/4“, 6x T-piece, 22 x 22 x 22 mm, 4x 90° elbow, 22 mm x 22 mm, 6x wall washer, 22 mm x 3/4“, Metal adhesive
Now, put the basic frame of your clothes rack together using the cut-to-size pipes and suitable connection pieces. So that everything holds together securely, apply a little metal adhesive in each connection piece before putting the pieces together (figure 1).
You can see what the finished basic frame of your clothes rack should look like in figure 3.
Precisely how the different pipe lengths should be connected together can be seen in our sketch (figure 4).
Drilling holes in the wooden boards
Now, take the two wooden boards. These will become the shelves in the clothes rack. It’s best to use boards that are already pre-cut to the right size at your local DIY store.
Next, clamp one of the boards securely on your work bench. To be able to mount suitable clips on the boards later, you now have to drill holes at the right places. Make marks for these in all four corners, each 50 mm from the top and 15 mm from the side.
Have you managed to drill all the holes? Then switch to a countersink attachment and countersink the four holes.
Then repeat the above steps for the second board.
Painting the boards
You need: paint roller, Pre-drilled boards from step 4, Black gloss (PU acrylic paint)
For a high-end look, you should paint the two shelves. We’ve opted for a black gloss, but other colours also go well with the copper colour.
Attaching the clips
The shelves will be fastened to the copper piping using simple clips later. But you should secure these pipe clips to the two boards now. Use the four pre-drilled holes to do so (step 4).
Drilling holes in the wall
Before finishing your new clothes rack and hanging up your clothes, you should attach it securely to the wall. Once you have put all the parts together correctly (see step 3), metal parts with corresponding holes for screws can be found at the upper ends.
First, position the clothes rack where you want it and mark the points where the screws will go later.
Then drill into the wall where you have marked and insert suitable dowels. You can then screw the clothes rack in place.
Attaching the boards
You need: Finished shelves
The last step is to secure the two shelves to the copper frame. And your clothes rack is ready.