Completely on trend: Make your own clothes rack from copper piping

A copper piping clothes rack stands against a white wall.
This pared-down clothes rack made from copper piping is the perfect piece of furniture, particular for lovers of a minimalistic look.

  • Difficulty
    medium
  • Cost
    < 42 £
  • Duration
    1-3 h

Introduction

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.

You need
Utilities
  • pencil
  • pocket rule
  • g-clamps
  • paint roller
Materials
  • 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
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Step 1 8

Measuring the pipes

A copper pipe is being measured and marked.
It’s best to mark the measurements on the piping using a thin felt-tip pen.

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.

Step 2 8

Sawing and sanding the pipes

A copper pipe is being shortened using a jigsaw.
The cut edges of a copper pipe are being smoothed using a cordless sander.

You need: Multi-sander, grit sandpaper for the multi-sander, Jigsaws, Jigsaw blade for metal, g-clamps, Copper pipes measured and marked from step 1

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).

Step 3 8

Connecting the pipes

Metal adhesive is being applied to a copper connection piece.
A copper pipe is being joined to a suitable connection piece.
The basic frame of a copper piping clothes rack stands against a white wall.
All the measurements are being entered onto a sketch of the clothes rack.

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).

Step 4 8

Drilling holes in the wooden boards

A drill hole is being measured and marked on a wooden board.
A hole is being pre-drilled in a wooden board.
Holes are being countersunk into a wooden board.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Brad point drill bits, HSS countersink bit, pencil, pocket rule, g-clamps, 2 pine boards, 800 x 300 x 18 mm each

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.

Step 5 8

Painting the boards

A wooden board is being painted with black paint.
Black boards go particularly well with the copper colour. But it’s your own personal preference.

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.

Step 6 8

Attaching the clips

A plastic clip is being screwed to a wooden board.
It’s handy to have someone to help you while attaching the clips.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Suitable bit set, pocket rule, Painted boards from step 5, 8x pipe clip, 22 mm, 8x screws, M6

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).

Step 7 8

Drilling holes in the wall

A cordless combi drill is being used to drill a hole in a wall.
Before you start drilling, make sure you know which dowels you want to use.

You need: Cordless combi drill, concrete drill bit

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.

Step 8 8

Attaching the boards

A shelf is being put into a copper piping clothes rack.
Make sure that the clips catch properly.

You need: Finished shelves

The last step is to secure the two shelves to the copper frame. And your clothes rack is ready.