nice (diy) rack.

Our No. 3, Tilly, is gaga for dresses and there is quite an elaborate process needed when choosing the dress du jour.  One that requires me hoisting her up for long periods of time to reach the items in her closet.  To make this process more fun for Tilly and easier on my arms (and patience), I asked my man to help build a clothing rack for our little stylist.  Here is how we DIYed it.

S U P P L I E S :  piece of 3/4″ thick pine wood (or the like) cut to 16×30″(or the dimensions you want your rack to be), 4 casters, 2 flanges, 2 – 3/4″ metal piping 30″ long (or the height you want the rack to be), 2 – 3/4″ elbows, 1 – 3/4″ metal piping 24″ long (or the width you want the rack to be), small amount of paint, paint brush, 24 – 3/4″ screws, & a drill

S T E P   1 :  Paint the top and sides of the cut piece of wood.  Apply a second coat if needed.  You won’t see the bottom of the board so I didn’t worry about painting it.

S T E P  2 :  Screw the casters into each corner, about 1-1/2″ from the edge, using a drill.

S T E P  3 :  Twist the metal piping together…..  the flanges to the 30″ pipes, then the elbows, and finally the 24″ pipe to go across the top.  Put some elbow grease into it so everything is twisted tightly.  Lay your piping on the ground and make sure it lays flat.

S T E P  4 :  Place the flanges on the board and line them up with the center, making sure each side is equal distance from the edge.  Secure in place with screws using your drill.

Add some cute kicks, clothes and accessories (like a messy bag) and you have a rad little clothing rack.

It was love at first site for Tilly, so I thought I would share a montage of pics.

Time to check out the merchandise.

Shoes first.

Then the dress.

Yes, that’s the one.

And to reaffirm that it’s the girl that makes the clothes and not the other way around, an art print from here.  (excuse the typo, it’s correct in the download).

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions and be sure to pin and share if you love the project!

Happy hanging!

xo . rae

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  • Shelley May 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I’m FLIPPING over this!!! I must make one for my little girl, ASAP!

  • elle May 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I love the floor! Did you paint it or is it a certain type of flooring?

    • rae May 14, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      thanks! we ripped up the carpet and painted the subflooring.

  • Natalie A. September 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I love it!

  • Katie M. October 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    May I ask where your husband found the metal piping, elbows and flanges? I took your tutorial to Lowes the other day and they sent me to the plumbing section where nothing looked like the metal piping pictured here. Thanks in advance!

  • emily October 11, 2012 at 12:09 am

    absolutely love this! i am writing the materials down right now and should have one of my very own by tomorrow… can’t wait! thank you, thank you!

  • Natalie November 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Love the dress with the purple, gold, and red design…where’d you get that?! Adorable…and a great idea!!

  • Kelly February 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I love this project! I have been looking for a clothing rack for dress up clothes online and have not found anything I like for a decent price. How much did this project cost in supplies??

    • rae February 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      fantastic question kelly! i think it cost about $50, which is more than i expected when i sent my husband out to gather supplies. luckily we get so much use out of it that the expense doesn’t bug me anymore! xo

  • Madison February 26, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    This is too cute! How much was the total cost of this project?

  • hilary April 30, 2013 at 6:41 pm