Surprising what a little spray paint and some imagination can conjure up! I’m loving this DIY clothes rod hack!
DIY Clothes Rod
Originally planning the space I knew I wanted a long rod to hang clothes from to dry. I wanted it to look industrial and was planning to use galvanized pipe, but when it came time to purchase the pipe the project became $100+ and I just wasn’t willing to commit.
Other materials I looked into: I thought of doing a wooden dowel, but wood dowels are $21 each and I’d need a few of them. I looked into copper and thought that would be a different element, but copper is equalivant in price to galvanized pipe.
So the plumbers daughter in me decided on PVC pipe! Here’s how I did it.
(ALL MATERIALS ARE 3/4″ in diameter)
PVC pipe 8′ in length
x2 45 degree fittings
x1 T fitting
x3 male cupplings (the treads on the outside)
x3 black metal flanges
1 1/2″ screws
black spray paint
Due to my angled wall I needed to use more fittings to make the pipe continuously run along the bottom side of my floating shelf.
Steps to DIY clothes rod
- place a hanger next to the wall at the height you want your clothes to hang. It’s helpful if you take the longest item of clothes (pants/shirt) that you are going to hang and hold it up to make sure it doesn’t touch the floor/counter)
- draw a mark with pencil on where the hanger will sit. *using a hanger is important because you want to make sure the hanger is far enough from the wall that it won’t hit if you make your rod too shallow
- Take 1 flange and put its center at the pencil mark. If going into drywall use anchors, if going into a stud use wood screws.
- attach a cupling to the flange and then cut your pipe the distance needed to the next fitting. Mine was 42″ long until it hit my first 45 degree elbow.
- on the small wall I measured the height from my counter that my first flange was at and placed my 2nd flange at that same height in the center of the wall.
- Attach a cuppling to the 2nd flange and cut a small pice of PVC attached to a T fitting.
- I then cut two same size pieces to put on either end of the T fitting and connect to the 2 45 degree elbow.
- I then attached my 3rd flange to the wall with another cuppling and short piece of PVC. This piece was then attached to a 90 degree elbow.
- Once the elbow was attached I measured the distance from the 45 degree elbow to the 90 degree elbow and cut a piece of pipe to fit.
I cut each piece a little long and would trim to size as I pieced the entire rod together. Each pipe goes into a fitting about 1/2″ so take that into account as you cut. You can use a hand saw to cut it, I used my miter saw which cut the plastic like butter.
Once all the pieces fit together I then detached them all including unscrewing the flanges from the wall and spray painted them with matte black paint and let dry.
Once everything was dry I reattached. I did not glue the pieces together with PVC glue although you can. Mine fit together so snug that it takes a lot of force and effort to get them apart.
Overall this was a very inexpensive project and due to the short distances of pipe between each fitting it wiggles and wobbles very little.