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How to Make Your Own Wall Mounted Clothes Rack – 9 Easy DIY Plans

Male clothes on hangers in a room

A wall-mounted clothes rack offers a convenient place and a simple way to hang clothes. Because it is attached to the wall, it should be strong enough to hold plenty of shirts, dresses, jeans, and any other clothing you want to hang. And it takes up less space than a rolling clothes rack without the need to have to build a full wardrobe around it. Wall-mounted clothes racks also offer an effective way to hang clothes while they dry so that you don’t have to hang them over radiators and heaters, and you don’t have to turn the dryer on every time you want to dry tomorrow’s outfit.

Below are 9 easy DIY plans that you can use to erect a wall-mounted clothes rack, whether you want to hang it in the room under the stairs, in your bedroom, or in any other room of the house.

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The 9 Ideas to Make Your Own Wall-Mounted Clothes Rack

1. DIY Wall-Mounted Clothing Rack With Top Shelf

Materials: Pipe, wood boards, flange fittings, socket tee fittings, elbow fittings
Tools: Drill, screwdriver
Difficulty: Easy

These DIY wall-mounted clothing racks with a top shelf have been used in boutique shops in the UK but the finished item would look equally at home in your home. The pipe used is essentially a scaffolding pipe, which gives an industrial look, especially when combined with a dark-stained wood for the top shelf.

The top shelf is a great place for hats, bags, and other items that you don’t want to take up hanging space, and there’s room for a good 20 or so items of clothing on hangers.

2. Industrial Clothing Rack

Materials: Elbow, pipe flange, pipe nipple, galvanized pipe, fence picket, screws
Tools: Stud finder, drill, saw
Difficulty: Easy

This is another industrial clothing rack but without the top shelf. This rack is being used in a laundry room, which is a great place for this kind of wall-mounted hanger. It saves you from hanging clothes from the doorframe, over the door handle, and on any available hanging surface.

Like the plan above, it uses industrial metal piping combined with a stained wood to give an industrial feel to the design.

3. DIY Clothing Racks

Materials: Pipe, elbow joints, flanges
Tools: Pipe, elbow joints, flanges
Difficulty: Easy

These DIY clothing racks use the same style of metal pipe as the two plans above but they drill directly into the wall and do not have the wooden backboard. This gives the advantage of taking up a couple of inches less space, so it is a good option if you are looking to erect something in a restricted space or if you want to use the extra inch so that you can hang the clothes perpendicular to the wall rather than on the slant.

4. Wall-Mounted Clothes Drying Rack

Materials: Red oak board, red oak baluster, steel angle iron, bolt, washers, screws, stain
Tools: Saw, drill
Difficulty: Moderate

One potential use of a wall-mounted clothes rack is for drying clothes, rather than for storing them. And, if you have limited space, you don’t really want a wall-mounted rack that stays in place throughout the week. This wall-mounted clothes drying rack uses an antique design but modern pieces of red oak.

Five pieces of baluster fan out from the wall unit and can be used to hang clothes over. The ends of the wood, in this case, are used to dry swimming caps but could be used to dry delicates. This is a great option if you’re really looking to save space while providing somewhere to dry clothes.

5. Wall-Mounted Clothing Rack for Kids

Materials: Board, dowel, screws
Tools: Drill, sander, saw
Difficulty: Moderate

If you have young kids, you will know just how many items of clothing they can amass in such a short space of time. And despite the clothes being tiny, they take up a surprising amount of space. This wall-mounted clothing rack for kids is ideal for hanging under shelves or in the corner of a room and it is made from sanded wood. According to the plans, it can be completed in less than an hour, or during baby’s nap time, too.

6. Wall-Mounted Garment Rack

Materials: Pipe, flanges, elbows, screws
Tools: Drill, screwdriver
Difficulty: Easy

Heading back to using metal pipe, this wall-mounted garment rack uses pipes that attach directly to the wall, but because it is wider than some of the other designs and the pipe a little narrower, it has a supporting bar in the middle that helps spread the load and ensure that the rack doesn’t come down under the weight.

7. Rope Wrapped Hanging Clothes Bar

Materials: Curtain rod, rope, hooks, screws
Tools: Saw, screwdriver
Difficulty: Easy

While this isn’t strictly a wall-mounted clothes rack, it does the same job, and it hangs from the ceiling. The rope-wrapped hanging clothes bar also uses an old curtain rod as the hanging bar and rope to attach it to hooks in the ceiling, so it is really cheap to make and very easy to source the items you need.

If you do a lot of DIY jobs, there is a chance that you have most of the materials to hand already. If you don’t, they can be picked up for a few dollars at a hardware store.

8. Chic DIY Hanging Closet

Materials: Hanging racks, screws
Tools: Drill, screwdriver
Difficulty: Moderate

If a single hanging rack doesn’t provide enough hanging space for you, then this chic DIY hanging closet will be more your kind of design. It uses gold clothes racks bought online, and rather than erecting them as intended, the racks and bars are screwed to the walls, providing multiple levels of hanging space and enough room to hold a whole wardrobe of clothing.

9. DIY Fold Down Drying Rack

Materials: 2×8, 3×8, square dowels, dowels, beadboard, screws, nails, hinges, chain, eye hooks, magnets, French cleat
Tools: Drill, saw, sander, nail gun, multi-tool, mallet
Difficulty: Moderate

This DIY fold-down drying rack is another space-saving rack that mounts to the wall and can be folded back away while not in use. It is a great way to dry clothes without clogging up an entire room or multiple rooms. It uses magnets to fix it in place, is hinged so that it is easy to fold down and back up again, and has multiple rails that can be used to hang clothes and other items while they dry.

The design can be modified so it accurately fits your space and provides enough room for everything you want to hang.

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Clothes racks can be used to store clothes permanently or as drying racks so that you don’t have to put the dryer on every time you want to dry a garment. Wall-mounted racks are beneficial for those with limited closet space, or for people that are looking to take advantage of more of the space they have available in a utility room or other small space.

Above are nine plans so that you can make your own wall-mounted hanging racks. Most of the designs can be easily modified so that you can create a rack that more precisely fits the space you have available. And if you have a lot of clothes you need to hang, you can always put up two or more.

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