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20 DIY Clothes Racks and Portable Closets

Lacking closet space? Learn how to create easy and inexpensive clothing racks and drying racks to help maximize storage and organization in your bedroom or laundry room.

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Make Your Own Clothing Rack

Clothes racks, portable closets and portable wardrobes can solve a lot of temporary storage problems. Whether you lack closet space, need somewhere to air-dry delicates, or are ready to break the habit of burying your bedroom chair under the weight of all your clothes — clothing racks are the solution. Good news: Clothes racks are easier to make at home than you think. We’re sharing 20 freestanding and wall-mounted clothes rack ideas to copy at home that will bring beauty and storage to any room in your house.

First up? This gleaming and gorgeous copper hanging garment rack. The unique DIY design uses copper piping and fishing wire to create a floating midair look that brings magic to your getting-ready routine

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Fake a Closet

No closet? No problem. Take cues from this handsome plaid pad and create a makeshift closet using a pair of floating wire shelves and a storage bench. Nestle your bench against the wall and secure the twin shelves above at staggered heights to leave room for clothing and outwear of various lengths. Hang your sweaters and coats on matching clothes hangers from the slats, then line the shelves with artwork, accessories or your go-to pair of shoes for quick-and-easy access before heading out the door

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Consider Every Angle

Sloped walls and low ceilings make a charming base to anchor a custom clothing rack. Recreate this modern, boutique-style rack on your angled walls by installing a matte-black railing with square caps to the wall and using contrasting wood hangers. The high-contrast combination feels elevated, lending a luxurious shopping atmosphere to any otherwise overlooked corner of your boudoir.

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Climb the Ladder

Recreate this bohemian clothing rack using items you already have. All you need to assemble this eye-catching garment are two paint-splattered wooden ladders, two wood planks and a wooden dowel for hanging. The basically free project has an eclectic, artsy appeal and provides storage for clothes, accessories and shoes.

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