DIY Clothes Racks That Show Off Your Stylish Wardrobe

When you live in a small home, closet space can not only be limited, sometimes it’s simply non existent! And depending on where you live in the world, that actually may be the norm. (We’re a little spoiled for clothes rack space here in the U.S. folks…) So if you are looking for space to hang those dresses, skirts, blouses and suits (without cramming them into the “permanent wrinkle” zone), then give these DIY clothes racks a try to stretch that space, and show off that pretty wardrobe!



How to Make a DIY Clothes Rack

Our first project below, is from ‘Ana White‘. Learn how to build a DIY clothes rack & industrial style closet system! This project is a one day deal folks, an inexpensive and easy build for all you “gotta have it now” DIY’ers. (Yes, my hand is up!) Ana has the free plans for you as well!

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Beckham and Belle‘ show you how to make these DIY PVC clothes racks with pine boards and simple flanges… all stuff you can get at the home improvement store. Really affordable garment rack! We also love that the casters make it portable. Did we mention, it has shelves?

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Another DIY rolling clothes rack of the same type from ‘PLHNK‘. This tutorial is entirely in photos, but follows the same idea as the previous project. We love the look of these industrial pipe clothing racks.

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Lovin’ this French country DIY wardrobe from one of ‘Ana White’s‘ reader’s posts. We are thinking this is adapted from her plans for her armoire. Unfortunately, the reader who submitted it didn’t clue us in on which of her plans they used!

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So this DIY clothes rack by ‘A Pair and a Spare‘ is amazing for three reasons… It’s cute, it’s easy… and it cost $9 to make! Lot’s of photos make this garment rack tutorial a breeze!

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‘Emily Henderson’ did this same ladder DIY clothes rack idea for ‘Redbook Magazine‘. This is like ‘decor’ that holds your clothes! How great is this???

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This modern wooden garment rack DIY is a project that mimics something you would see in the West Elm catalog. Thank ‘A Beautiful Mess‘ for the step by step tutorial of this chic piece.

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From ‘Ehow‘, this loft style rolling DIY pipe clothing rack is another easy build using plumbing pipe, a wood panel and some caster wheels.

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This DIY clothes rack (she calls it her planter closet…see the planter built in to the top?) by ‘Katleen Roggeman‘ from Germany, is a great example of how a utilitarian thing like a closet can be cool. This ended up in a German DIY magazine… great design!

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These last two tutorials will need a little help from Google Translate… From ‘VTWonen‘, this clothes rack DIY is simply dowels and pipe fittings!

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This DIY hanging clothes rack is from ‘ADC Inspirations’. Great for that tiny sliver of space! Unfortunately it looks like they have removed the tutorial for this.

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Where to Buy Clothing & Garment Racks

If all this DIY is a little much for your weekend plans, (no judgement!) we found some great options you can order online. Whether you need extra hanging space for your master bedroom, a place to hang out of season clothes, or you just like that NY lofty fashion look, these might fit the bill!

This “Metal & Wood Clothing Rack” from ‘Wayfair‘ has shelves for storage, and has over 200 five star reviews! BTW, check out those reviews, some of the customers have uploaded photos. One woman used it as an amazing plant stand!


The “Nicola Rolling Clothes Rack” from ‘Wayfair‘ has shelves for shoes and accessories, and has a wood look that makes it really pretty as well. This one is a good size and is portable too.


From ‘West Elm‘, the “Monroe Trades Clothes Rack” has a distressed wood platform, and casters so that you can roll it from space to space. This one looks just like the runway industrial pipe clothing racks!

Ok, so now your home is more organized with these DIY Clothes & Garment Racks! We think you will also want to visit our posts on Closet Organizing Ideas & Projects and Tiny Bathroom Makeovers! Also check out how to build your own DIY Firewood Rack over at TGG!


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Image Credits: A Pair and a Spare, Beckham and Belle, PLHNK, Ana White, Emily Henderson, A Beautiful Mess, Ehow, Katleen Roggeman, VTWonen, ADC Inspirations
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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.

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