Are your closets bursting full? Or maybe you’re looking for a simple and beautiful way to display your clothing or other items? Build yourself a garment rack! I’ve used mine over the past year to corral my pattern samples. It’s been great not to have them smashed in a closet or contained in a box only to get wrinkled and misshapen.
At first I searched the web quite a bit, intending to use someone else’s tutorial. I didn’t find exactly what I wanted, so I ended up building my own. I liked the idea of having a fabric shelf at the bottom, both to hold things off the floor and to keep the rack more stable. So here’s my garment rack, and guess what, it’ll probably cost you less than $20 in materials to make!
The only thing I would caution you about for this type of rack is that very heavy items will cause the middle portion to sag a bit. I made mine 39″ long, so if you’re intending to hang lots of heavy items, making it less wide which will definitely help. Feel free to experiment! You can also add hitch pin clips at the end of each dowel to hold each dowel securely in place. I haven’t needed them, but you could check it out.
(4) 8ft long 1x2s (if you can find 6ft lengths, those will work too)
(3) 4ft long 3/4” wooden dowels
3/4 yard cotton canvas (42″ wide or wider)
cordless drill with 3/4” spade bit
chop saw (or have your local home improvement store cut them to length while you wait)
paint/brush or spray paint
Step 1: Cut the pieces
(4) 62″ long main legs (cut one end of each main leg at a 15-degree angle for the rack to sit level on the floor, be aware that most home improvement stores only cut at 90-degrees, if you don’t have your own saw at home to make these angled cuts it’ll still work but might be a little less sturdy/stable)
(2) 21.5″ long braces
(3) 39″ long dowels
Step 2: Drill holes for dowels
Step 3: Paint
Step 4: Dry fit
Assemble rack by passing a dowel through one end of a brace piece, about 3″ past the end of the dowel. Insert remaining brace on other end of dowel. Repeat for remaining dowel and empty brace holes. This will form a rectangular shape creating the bottom shelf frame. Place last dowel through top holes of each main leg, with two main legs per side. Pass assembled main legs through dowels of bottom shelf frame.
Step 5: Sew fabric shelf
*You might want to press and pin your fabric shelf in place before sewing to see how everything fits, make any adjustments needed.
Cut cotton canvas 35″ x 24″. Hem both short edges (these will be the sides of the fabric shelf running along the braces) by pressing one edge to the wrong side by 1/2″ and again by 1/2″. Sew hem in place. Repeat for remaining short side. Create the pockets for the dowel to slip through by pressing one 35″ edge to the wrong side by 1/2″ and again by 1 1/2″. Sew in place creating the pocket for the dowel to pass through. Hopefully that makes sense, it’s probably easier to just look at the picture!
Step 6: Assemble
Start by taking apart the rack and slip sewn shelf into place along each lower dowel. Reassemble as in Step 4 and enjoy!