Claire here, with this week’s DIY transformation…and I’m seeing a little shopping in my weekend’s future since I’m now the proud owner of a super chic garment rack! If you recall, two weeks ago I collected a few images of unique clothing racks and used them as inspiration for creating a design of my own. After reading through all of your amazing feedback and ideas, I decided to create the rack out of metal to ensure stability…then the real challenge became making the rack stylish enough to display in my home. Want to see the final product? We’ve got the instructions just after the jump. 

I’m a sucker for stripes of any kind and am especially drawn to the uneven lines of a barcode, so to add a decorative element to this rack, I combined design elements from my fence headboard design with the colors of my antler rack project. I love the way the gold and mint add a touch of glam to an otherwise utilitarian piece. Think about what patterns inspire you – and then find a way to incorporate them into your next DIY to make it totally personalized!

I painted a few pieces of pipe gold to tie in the upper part of the garment rack with the base. A “hook” on one side provides a handy place to store accessories.

DIY Steel Garment Rack

  • (2) 1/2″ x 48″ black steel pipe
  • (1) 1/2″ x 36″ black steel pipe
  • (1) 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ black steel nipple
  • (4) 1/2″ x 4″ black steel nipple
  • (4) 1/2″ x close black steel nipple
  • (6) 1/2″ 90° black steel elbow
  • (3) 1/2″ black steel tee
  • (4) 1/2″ black steel floor flange
  • 1/2″ 2×4′ Birch handy panel (I used the saw at Home Depot to cut the piece to 15 1/4″” x 36″)
  • (4) 2″ poly swivel industrial casters
  • (32) #8 1/2″ wood screws
  • drill
  • painters tape
  • clear primer spray paint
  • gold spray paint
  • gloss white spray paint
  • acrylic paint (Martha Stewart, mint)
  • paintbrush
  • pencil
  • ruler
  1. First begin by building the feet.
  2. Screw 2 of the 1/2″ x close steel pieces into 2 of the floor flanges.
  3. Attach a 90° elbow onto the top of each of the 1/2″ x close pieces and screw a 4″ nipple into the other end of the elbow.
  4. Connect these two pieces with an upside down “T” (steel tee).
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for the other foot.
  6. Into the top of the top hole of the tee attach a 48″ pipe for the first leg support.
  7. Screw a 90° elbow onto the top of the 48″ pipe .
  8. Connect this with a 36″ pipe to create the horizontal bar.
  9. On the other end of the horizontal 36″ pipe attach a steel tee (position so that the “T” is facing right side up…like the letter “T”).
  10. Connect a 90° elbow onto the 3 1/2″ steel nipple and screw it horizontally into the opposite socket of the steel tee to create hook for scarves and purses.
  11. Attach the other 48″ pipe onto the hole of the steel tee that is facing the ground to create the other support leg.
  12. Screw the other foot onto the bottom of the second 48″ pipe to complete the frame. Set aside.
  13. Spray the entire frame with two coats of primer, once dry spray with glossy white spray paint. (spray the pieces for the hook as well as the two horizontal nipples that create the feet with gold).
  14. Spray the screws for the frame white and the screws for the casters + the casters gold.
  15. Choose a pattern for the birch board (I chose stripes), tape off accordingly (make sure to tape edges!) and spray.
  16. Once dry remove tape, and add any additional details (I taped off and handed painted some mint stripes for a pop).
  17. Mark out and drill in the casters onto the under side of the board.
  18. Set metal pipe frame on top of board and screw in tightly.
  19. Hang clothes and enjoy! Another closet was just added to your house!

*photos by Kate Stafford, styled by Claire Zinnecker and Kate Stafford for

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