How to Make a Chic Copper Garment Rack

Short on closet space? Store your favorite clothes and accessories on this stylish DIY copper rack. It’s so pretty, you’ll want to give it a prominent spot in your bedroom.

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Short on closet space? Solve your clothing storage dilemmas with a DIY garment rack made of copper pipes.

Materials Needed

  • (2) 5’ long x 1” diameter copper pipes
  • (1) 4’ long x 1” diameter copper pipes
  • (2) 4’ long x 3/4" diameter copper pipes
  • (4) 2” long x 1” diameter copper pipes
  • (4) 4” long x 1” diameter copper pipes
  • (2) 6” long x 1” diameter copper pipes
  • (6) 1” 90-degree elbows
  • (6) 1” x 3/4" tees
  • (2) 1” x 1” tees
  • pipe cutter
  • measuring tape
  • epoxy

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia Photography

Cassidy Garcia Photography

Cut Pipes to Size

Using a pipe cutter, cut the copper pipes to the measurements listed above.

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Cassidy Garcia Photography

Build the Base

Start with a 1” x 1” tee and insert two 2” x 1” copper pipes into the ends of the tee.

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Cassidy Garcia Photography

Next, connect two 1” x 3/4" tees to the ends of the 2” x 1” pipes. The opening of the 1” x 1” tee should face toward the ceiling, while the openings of the 1” x 3/4" tees should be parallel with the floor.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia Photography

Cassidy Garcia Photography

Connect 4” x 1” copper pipes to the ends of the 1” x 3/4" tees. 

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Cassidy Garcia Photography

Connect 90-degree elbows to the ends of the 4” x 1” copper pipes. This will be the base for the closet frame. The openings of the 90-degree elbows should sit on the floor. Tip: Attach felt bases to the elbow openings to protect wooden floors from scratches.

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Cassidy Garcia Photography

Repeat above steps to create the same base for the other side of the frame.

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Cassidy Garcia Photography

To create a sturdy structure, all copper pieces should be secured with epoxy. Make sure all of your pieces are connected correctly, then use the epoxy to permanently adhere them.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia Photography

Cassidy Garcia Photography

Build Lower Rack

Allow epoxy on both base pieces to dry thoroughly. Place the completed bases 4’ apart and parallel to each other on the floor. 

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Cassidy Garcia Photography

Connect the 4” x 3/4" copper pipes to the 1” x 3/4" tees on both bases.

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Cassidy Garcia Photography

This creates the lower rack for the closet. 

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Cassidy Garcia Photography

Build Top Rack

Connect a 1” 90-degree elbow to one end of the 4’ x 1” copper pipe. Next, connect a 2” x 1” copper pipe to the elbow. Finally, connect a 1” x 3/4” tee to the 2” x 1” pipe.

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Cassidy Garcia Photography

Connect a 5’ x 1” piece of copper pipe to the tee, parallel to the 2” x 1” copper pipe. On the other opening of the tee, connect a 5” x 1” piece of copper pipe. Repeat these steps for the other side of the 4’ x 1” copper pipe. Secure all pieces with epoxy and let dry.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia Photography

Cassidy Garcia Photography

Connect Top Rack to Lower Rack

Connect the top portion of the rack to the lower portion by inserting the 5’ x 1” pipes into the 1” x 1” tees. Secure the pieces with epoxy and let dry.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia Photography

Cassidy Garcia Photography

Once dry, you can use this stylish garment rack to store much more than just clothes. The arms on the sides can hold handbags, hats or accessories, while the bottom rack can corral shoes. 

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia Photography

Cassidy Garcia Photography

Extra storage + gorgeous conversation piece = DIY win!

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia Photography

Cassidy Garcia Photography

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