Industrial Chic Hanging Rack


If you have explored our website, you know that we have a small cottage on our property which is listed on Airbnb. We built the structure as a pool house and secondary guest space. We decided not to put in a closet so in order to accommodate hanging clothes, we have just used a standing coat rack with hangers on it. Not the best, but functional. A new hanging system went on the project list. 

The foundation for this new hanging rack came from an unexpected source. For the cottage we purchased a credenza to hold the TV and additional storage. But once we listed on Airbnb, we discovered the need for a small refrigerator and microwave. I sourced the smallest ones I could find because they needed to fit in the new credenza which we never intended to use for appliances. Fortunately, I found a new fridge for cheap at Habitat for Humanity’s Restore. The microwave I got online. But to make space for these necessities, we had to lose two shelves. Do you see where I am going with this?

Using the shelves was really perfect because they were already finished and they matched the credenza, adding continuity to the room. For the actual hardware, I had been wanting to do a project using pipe fittings. So, I headed to Lowes and Home Depot and picked up everything I needed for about $25. You would think it would have been cheaper but at least the wood was free. 


How To

Measure the space. When thinking about what length of pipe to get, leave plenty of margin on the sides because the fittings will add width. Also, the pipes come in a limited assortment of sizes. I had 27 ½” total so I needed the following:

  • 1 ½ ” x 18” Pipe
  • 2 14” x 27” boards
  • 1 1”x 3”x 36” board
  • 2 ½” Floor flanges
  • 2 ½’  Elbows
  • 2 ½” x 8” Pipes
  • 8 ¾” #12 wood screws for flanges

Cut the boards to size.

Using glue, nails, and screws, attach the shelf board to what will be the backing board. 

To make brackets, cut the 1”x 3”x 36” board into two pieces.

Cut 45°angles on both ends creating a trapezoid. 

Attach the bracket with nails, glue, and screws. If you have a framing square or something with a rigid right angle, use it to be sure you are placing the brackets correctly creating a perfect right angle with the shelf and the backing.

Trim the shelf with molding, if desired. I cut off the trim from the backing piece and recut it to fit the sides of the shelf.

Clean the pipes well. Fit them together then attach to the backing board. Be sure to allow enough distance from the shelf for a hanger to easily fit.

Fill holes and finish new wood with stain and sealer of some kind. I used butcher block oil.

Install. With the pipes and so much wood, this piece is on the heavy side. Plus, when in use it could be holding several pounds of clothing. For this reason, try to attach it directly to the studs. But if you can’t, definitely use some strong wall anchors.


Bonus Project

I had a little extra wood and thought that a small shelf in the credenza next to the refrigerator would be a good idea. So I spliced together the scraps, added legs on one side and used the existing shelf pegs to support the other side.

Two projects in one. Gotta love it!