As you might remember, I’ve had my DIY-eye on copper clothes racks made from simple hardware store materials for a while now. I decided on a design with light wood and copper accents because 1. I liked the texture combination and 2. it was cheaper. You only need a few supplies and this thing comes together in a snap!
I have a small half-basement room, and wanted to conserve as much space as possible, so I designed my clothes rack to mount to the wall with the ability to fold flat while I’m not using it. It’s not perfect, but as long as I don’t hang heavy things on the bottom rack, it’s all good.
Above are all the supplies you’ll need to make this DIY Copper & Wood Clothes Rack, with the exception of some screws. I used pretty copper nails, which in retrospect, was dumb. Don’t do that. Be smarter than me and choose function over beauty. You’ll need to take the copper pipe straps and find some drywall screws that will fit and if memory serves me correctly there are some pretty ones that are somewhere in between gold and copper. Or you could just get normal screws because you’re not DIY-OCD like me! You’ll also need to cut your two dowels into two large ( 2/3 ) and two smaller pieces ( 1/3 ).
Sand down the ends of your dowels until the copper pieces fit comfortably. It’s up to you if you want to glue the pieces together. It will definitely be sturdier, but I wanted the ability to swing out each rod independently. I might at least glue the top rod to the vertical one because if you don’t, the weight of items on the bottom rod can pull the top pieces apart.
You can get fancy and buy some copper clothes hangers, but I’m too impatient, so I just spray painted some plain wire ones with my copper spray paint.
Now it’s time to plan my fall capsule wardrobe! I love having somewhere to hang my clothes for the next few days. The less I have to use my brain in the morning, the better. For everyone. (P.S. In case you’re interested, that ombre stump table is an old DIY for Whimseybox!)
Have a great long weekend! Whimseybox is moving offices, but I’m definitely reserving some weekend time for sunshine!
- Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic