Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY

Hanging copper pipe garment rack (click through for DIY details!)Hi guys, LaTonya here! Now that the holidays are over, I’m sure you’re unpacking your kids’ clothes and your own new duds, and trying to figure out where in the world it’s all going to be stored! This isn’t just a holiday dilemma for us, it’s a long time dilemma because of our small living space. I say our apartment is small, but really, by New York City apartment standards, it’s a pretty good size. The only reoccurring issue that I wish did not exist is the lack of closet space. We only have one closet. Crazy, right? Truthfully, the closet can barely hold my clothes alone. And that’s with constant purging and careful selection on my part. We created a closet in our hallway, the kids have a wardrobe in their room, but we were still lacking in storage space. We considered using a garment rack, but we were faced with another issue, lack of floor space. My husband and I started thinking about an attractive and functional way to free up some closet space, and we created this hanging garment rack! We both love that we now have more storage, and I love that this garment rack adds so much character to our room.

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial) Supplies:
-large diameter mini tube cutter
-3/4 pipe brush
-(2) 3/4 in. galvanized malleable iron floor flange
-(2) 3/4 in. x 3/4 in. copper C x MPT male adapter
-(8) anchors
-(8) medium size screws
-(2) 3/4 90 degree elbows
-3/4″ x 5′ Type L rigid copper pipe (We cut 8in. of the pipe for the hanging portion. You can cut off as much as you’d like depending on how low you want your garment rack to hang.)
-super glue (not pictured-optional)

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial) Step One. Choose where you want your garment rack to hang. Corners and low traffic areas are always best. After choosing your spot, take your floor flanges and your marker, and mark where your screws will be placed in each floor flange.

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial) Step Two. Cut your pipe using your mini tube cutter. We chose to cut 8″ off of our pipe, but you can cut as much as you’d like. Alternatively, if you want to keep your original pipe’s length, and not use some of it for the hanging portion, you can purchase another pipe and cut that. After cutting the pipe, take your short pipe and thread it through your male adapter.

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial) Step Three. Drill your holes. Using your studs and your screws, drill your floor flanges to the wall.

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial) Step Four. Screw your small pipe with the attached male adaptor into the floor flanges.

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial) Step Five. On your 5ft pipe, twist on your 3/4 90 degree elbow. You can use super glue to make sure it stays if you’re concerned about the weight of your clothes on the rack. We did not use super glue and ours is holding up well.

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial) Step Six. Place your 5ft pipe into the short pipe that’s hanging in the ceiling. Feel free to use your super glue again in this step for extra security. Our rack is super sturdy without, and we chose to create it without the glue so we can easily move it in the future.

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial) And you’re hanging garment rack is finished! We chose to use copper because we love the way it looked against our wood and white walls. You’ll find many other choices at your local hardware store.

Copper garment rack Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial) If you don’t need the extra storage space, but you love how this rack looks, you can use it to hang your plants or to hang your art. Also, you could have it coming out from the wall instead of hanging from the ceiling to create a little organized art section for your kiddos. All you need are a few baskets, and s hooks. This project is so easy to make and can work in any room! –LaTonya

P.S. Here’s another garment rack DIY idea using galvanized pipes!

  • Is there a reason you used an L type pipe and not M type? The M type is cheaper so I was just wondering! Thanks!

  • Looks great but realistically without push fit pipe fittings or solder then there is no way it would work! There’s gotta be something holding the pipes together. ????

  • We are about to do this in our small apartment bedroom and I was just wondering do we have to make sure we go into more than just plaster to hold the weight??
    Thanks, Lisa

  • Thank you so much for this post. It is really going to help me when I put my pop up stall together.

  • I’m so confused on how it does not fall down in step 6. If it’s just fitted on to the pipes in the ceiling how does gravity not just pull it down once clothes are hung on it? Love the look!

  • Great job you did there! Thanks for showing us how! I will be happy to do the same! 😀

  • Can’t wait to have my own house to decorate with all your wonderful interiors ideas!

    Laura @ Laurakathren | a Little Lifestyle Blog

  • This looks amazing, and it’s such a good idea for those with a small space to work with! Thanks for the post!

  • This instantly made me think of the subway! (In a good way–I’m a big public transportation fan.) Perfect for city living.

  • oh, I would love to do this in the guest room, if it were just a tad bigger! what a great excuse to weed out the clothes I never wear and keep only the most beautiful pieces 🙂 Reminds me of this image from Lonny Magazine that I pinned ages ago: http://www.lonny.com/photos/Bedroom/Bohemian/VfkDtsbwVhv

  • I absolutely love this! So minimalist and a great alternative to a wardrobe which can be really awkward to fit in if your rooms on the small side!


  • This is such a great idea for a lack of space closet! I wonder if you could even section off part of a room and hang a curtain to cover it! I love the brass look! It gives it that shiny element.


  • Love this and now I’m thinking I need a copper pipe shower curtain rail!!

  • Hey, and if you use recycled materials this is a big win! One could do this from the floor up, too, making a moving rack.

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  • that looks really good! I am always in need of new storage ideas, not for my house, but for my art studio….

  • Such a good idea – I live in London and our flat is so tiny we don’t even have any hanging space!Definitely going to give this a go x ChicStrawberry x

  • Wow you’re so creative!! I love the bare exposed pipe look as well!!


  • That is a fantastic idea! The result looks so classy and old-fashioned, but still really gorgeous! Very unique, amazing post guys. <3


  • Amazing ! But I never that hard-working for that. Great post <3 xo


  • This is awesome! You can do so much with it! Love this idea!

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  • This is such a great idea. I’ve added it to my Pintrest for future reference. I can’t do this right now because my roof is high, so maybe when we move…

  • This could definitely work in our house and help with a lot of space issues. Super cute.


  • That is such a good way to save space, brilliant. Unfortunately I a not handy enough to pull something like this off, without some serious help.

  • Love this idea! It looks really nice, and the colour would look great in all-white room. Will keep this for inspiration for my own home.


  • I love this, such a great idea!
    There are always a bunch of clothes lying around that I have no closet space for, so this is perfect!! 🙂

  • Love, love, love the cooper and the all wood hangers. Ditch the plastic. Great use of vertical space.

  • I absolutely love how this looks but unfortunately my other half isn’t convinced as he thinks it will make out house ‘look like a shop’ *sigh* any advice on persuading him?! haha!


  • Great idea, LaTonya! I love the color of the copper and creative use of space. Also loving on some of those items hanging from it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • I made a garment rack/closet out of pipes, but really wanted to make a hanging one. Unfortunately, the hanging one was a little outside of my skill set, but you make it seem so easy. And I love the copper! Wish I would have thought of that.

    Here’s a link to my non-hanging one, in case anyone was wondering: http://aweekfromthursday.com/2014/08/diy-garment-rack/

  • Cool idea! Great use of space and it looks good.


  • I loved! I also live in a small place, and i’m always looking for ideas to make any little space usefull.
    This was kind of inspiring to me.

    Tks for the tip 🙂

  • I absolutely love this! So minimalist and a great alternative to a wardrobe which can be really awkward to fit in if your rooms on the small side!


  • This looks incredibly stylish and it looks like it saves a lot of space! Obsessed.

  • amazing job. the visual result is so nice

    tsiou, from http://www.inwhirlofinspiration.com/

  • well, that’s about the cutest closet ever! I love that! I have ugly plastic racks … but the copper looks awesome!

  • I really want to give this a try!! My clothes don’t fit in my closeth anymore and this seems like a great solution and it looks cute to 🙂 Your ideas are always so fun!

    Sofie x

  • such a simple idea, it looks great! i may have to keep this in mind as i change up my place x

  • I love this idea. It’s original and great for rooms with small spaces. As a working mom of two young girls, I’m always looking for ways to save space and prevent clutter, as I don’t have time to clean. Keep the suggestions coming.

  • I love it! I wanna make a roommakeover! Maybe this would be a nice project to start.

    Have a nice day!


  • LaTonya, this looks so amazing! I love this idea. My partner & I are halfway through buying our first place & it’s pretty small so this might be perfect for our needs 🙂

    Becky :: accooohtrements.wordpress.com

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