PVC Pipe Rack

By Noreen Doll.

This PVC pipe rack is very easy to put together and can have many uses.

PVC Pipe Rack - Crafty Journal

It can be used as an extra rod in the tub or shower to hang wet things on.

It could also be used in a bedroom as a clothes rack.

Put it in the laundry room to hang wet clothes to dry, or hang wet rain gear on it.

You can make a rack almost any size you want, and if it’s extra long, just make an extra support or 2 in the middle.

And if you don’t glue the joints together, you can take it apart to store it when not in use.


PVC Pipe, 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch size of heavy duty pipe


PVC Pipe Cutter or Saw

PVC Pipe Rack - Crafty Journal

Measuring Tape

How to Make a PVC Pipe Rack.

I made this size to fit in a bathtub for drying blinds, so I used the 1/2 inch pipe.

1. Cut 1 pipe 40 inches long.

Cut 2 pipes as long as you want the height of your rack. 5 feet is a good length and you would just have to cut a 10 foot long pipe in half.

Cut 4 pipes 7 1/2 inches long.

2. Connectors: 2 Elbows – 90 degrees, 2 Tee Shaped Connectors, 4 End Caps

PVC Pipe Rack - Crafty Journal

3. Use the photo to see how to put the end pieces together. Make 2 of them.

PVC Pipe Rack - Crafty Journal

4. Attach the 40 inch long top bar to the unused end of the 90 degree elbows.

PVC Pipe Rack - Crafty Journal

Push all the connectors and end caps firmly onto the pipe pieces.

PVC Pipe Rack - Crafty Journal

Stand the PVC pipe rack in your tub or wherever you plan to use it.

The beauty of this rack is that you can make it any height or length that meets your needs.

You might want to assemble it in the room where it will be used.

If you plan to use the pipe rack to hang clothes, a tee shaped connector can be used on the top corners instead of the elbows. This will keep hangers from sliding off.

PVC Pipe Rack - Crafty Journal


If you want to use the rack in your shower, the top piece will probably need to be shorter.

If you’re going to use a very long rack, you will need to make the foot pieces longer – 12 to 15 inches – to support the extra length.

If you will be using the rack for heavy items, the 3/4 inch pipe would be a better choice.

If you plan to make lots of things with PVC pipe, it’s worth investing in a pipe cutter. For the smaller diameter pipes, a cutter runs around $12 to $14.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. What a frugal way to add hanging storage.

  2. Such a great tip! I hate buying those clothes racks from the store, they are so flimsy and also pretty costly!

  3. Love this! Always need more storage and great for vendors!

  4. so very practical, and one could make so many handy things! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  5. this is awesome, so simple but very usable. Great idea! Thank you for sharing at the snickerdoodle Sunday link party!

  6. Great idea and tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  7. This seems like it would be a great little rack (spray painted a pretty color) for taking to craft fairs for hanging things on since it can be broken down and tossed in the back. PVC pipe is pretty cheap too making it economical. Thanks so much for linking up your creation to Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  8. What a great storage idea. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

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