10 DIY Clothes Rack Ideas

Rolling Clothes Rack

The House of Sequins

Whether your closet space is walk-in or nonexistent, a garment rack can be a great way to keep your entire wardrobe organized. A chic clothing rack can add surplus storage to a kid’s room, create a stylish drop zone in an entryway, and can, of course, create the illusion of a closet where there is none.

When it comes to constructing your own, stick to sturdy building materials like wooden dowels, PVC, and copper pipe for DIYs that won’t crunch under the weight of your sweaters and jackets, and don’t hesitate to add swiveling wheels if you’re prone to redecorating on a whim. Glance through the tutorials here to get started on your own customized clothing rack.

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    Wooden Dowel Clothes Rack

    Wooden Dowel Clothing Rack

    The Merrythought

    Dowels are a great building option for a sturdy clothing rack—they’re easy to cut to size, fit into PVC elbows, and take well to stain or paint. This simple box design comes together in an afternoon and yields two hanging rods for maximum clothing storage.

    Wooden Dowel Clothes Rack from The Merrythought

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    Hanging Clothes Rack

    Hanging Clothes Rack

    Your DIY Family

    In order to make the most of your (or your child's) bedroom’s vertical space, consider a clothes rack that hangs from the ceiling. This one is super simple, just be sure to secure your heavy-duty cord from a solid ceiling beam so that the clothing rod can bear plenty of weight. 

    Hanging Clothes Rack from Your DIY Family

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    Copper Clothes Rack

    Copper Clothes Rack

    Cupcakes and Cashmere

    For that industrial-chic aesthetic, source a few lengths of copper pipe from your hardware store to build a minimalist garment rack. With added lengths of pipe on either end of the main rod, this clever design incorporates an area to hang bags and purses alongside your wardrobe.

    Copper Clothes Rack from Cupcakes and Cashmere


    Buff your copper pipes with a nail buffer or fine-grit sandpaper before building to attain a luxe, shiny finish. 

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    A-Frame Clothes Rack

    A-frame Clothes Rack

    A Beautiful Mess

    Perfect for an entryway or foyer, this rustic A-Frame garment rack looks best styled with just a few everyday use pieces. Consider it a drop zone for a couple of versatile jackets, a sun hat, and a daily bag or two.

    A-Frame Clothes Rack from A Beautiful Mess

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    Rolling Clothes Rack

    Rolling Clothes Rack

    The House of Sequins

    If you rent a space with little (or no) closet space, a rolling garment rack is an absolute necessity. Four caster wheels keep this sturdy DIY easily movable, so it’s a guarantee that this piece is usable in any apartment or rented space.

    Rolling Clothes Rack from The House of Sequins

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    Kids Clothes Rack

    Kids' Clothes Rack

    Jessica Sarah Morris

    Create a homemade dress-up station perfectly sized for your little one. Costume and play clothes look especially cute displayed on this pint-sized garment rack, but consider transitioning it to hanging everyday clothes once your kid demonstrates an inclination toward choosing their own outfit of the day. 

    Kids Clothes Rack from Jessica Sarah Morris

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    Double Shelf Clothes Rack

    Double Shelf Clothes Rack

    Fresh Mommy Blog

    Solve your shoe storage issues by adding an extra shelf to the bottom of this tall rolling clothes rack. This piece is definitely formidable in size, but is actually straightforward to make and adds oodles of extra wardrobe and accessory storage to any space.

    Double Shelf Clothes Rack from Fresh Mommy Blog

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    Trellis Clothes Rack

    Trellis Clothing Rack

    Fall for DIY

    For a small-space solution, consider building a trellis-style clothes rack. This easy, lightweight project leans directly against a wall and acts as a chic drop zone for your everyday cardigan, jeans that don’t quite need to be washed yet, and a cozy pair of house shoes. 

    Trellis Clothes Rack from Fall for DIY

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    Lucite Clothes Rack

    Lucite Clothes Rack

    Topknots and Pearls

    Take your DIY more towards trendy by combining clear acrylic poles with gold hardware. Don’t forget, you can spray paint any iron or PVC connectors to your personal taste, so don’t spend extra money on pricey shiny materials if you can easily customize plain pieces yourself. 

    Lucite Clothes Rack from Topknots and Pearls

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    Wall-Mounted Clothes Rack

    Wall Mounted Clothes Rack

    Sammy on State

    Hang a stylish wall-mounted rod in your laundry room or mudroom for the perfect place to allow wet clothes to hang dry. This is so much more useful than a foldable drying rack and the rod promises to give you daily use. Not to mention your most-used spaces will stay looking organized. 

    Wall-Mounted Clothes Rack from Sammy on State