I love my vintage clothes and I simply can’t part with such one-of-a-kind pieces. Naturally, I did what any fashionista would do when the wardrobe has outgrown the closet: I built my own closeting solution!
Having a friend for more than 20 years — and being a constant part of each others’ lives for that whole time — becomes staggeringly more remarkable every time I think about it.
Meet Gerold. He is an artist, vintage lover, thrift-shopping guru and a co-founding designer of Dorothy June Jewelry.
So who better to spend an afternoon with, elbow-deep in a DIY project?
For less than $100, we picked up all the supplies needed to create a garment rack fit for a fashionista.
And, the process was surprisingly simple — no hack saws or special tools or extra muscles necessary!
Here’s the photo story of my DIY garment rack & how you can build your own!
Sketch your design but be flexible at the store for adopting new ideas based on the actual supplies available. Having detailed measurements of the space the garment rack will fit into helps this process.
Although beautiful, copper pipe is too costly for a sensible budget. Opt for industrial black plumbing pipe and consider finishing with a meddled copper spray paint.
Be creative in finding ways to create finishing details. Here, I found two copper drawer pulls/cabinet hardware to act as decorative finials for the upright piping.
Prep the pipe! Peel off pricing stickers.
And, use a straight blade for extra stubborn adhesives.
Once at home, I opted to keep the gun-metal look, instead of spray painting it with a copper finish. But that meant I had to get rid of factory printed product numbers. Thankfully, the pipes were rubbed nice and smooth with the help of steel wool.
One upright pole & base assembled!
Now, adding the cross bar!
And, a little trial run, before moving the garment rack into my bedroom.
What’s the Take-Away?
The best thing about my DIY Garment Rack is: It’s Moving-Friendly! Simply unscrew each pipe from the other and wahla! this closet-solution takes up minimal packing space!
So for all you who are heading off to college and have chosen the off-campus housing option (where closets don’t often exist in living rooms-turned-bedrooms) then this is your answer!
But if you don’t have time for going DIY**, then here’s a commercial grade (ie it’s not going to fall apart after one semester, and you can pack it full with tons of clothes!) for $99 AND it collapses!
**This DIY-project took about 6 hours to complete, including: shopping for the supplies, travel time, assembly, details and wardrobe hanging!