Drying racks for laundry rooms

DIY Wall Mounted Clothing Rack

Hey friends!

It’s Tammy here 🙂 We’ve recently gotten a few people asking about the clothing rack that’s in my laundry room (check out the full reveal here). Today I thought we’d share on how to make this simple, DIY industrial pipe clothing rack!

I’m one of those people who likes to hang-dry most of my clothes, rather than drying them in the dryer. Ya know… I like my shirts to fit 😉 Before we re-did our laundry room, I had one of those cheap plastic rolling cart thingys that you could hang clothes to dry… I hated it. I felt like it was always in the way, took up too much room and it had a slight lean to it. Not impressed. I knew even before we put our list of “things to have” together for the new laundry room, this was one of the top things I wanted to incorporate.

Taking a look back at the project, I’m so happy we incorporated this! I love that it’s a floating rack and it aesthetically looks 10x’s better than any other clothing rack you can buy at the store. The project itself was very simple to put together. The hardest part is hanging and grabbing all the pipes at the store… you might need 2 extra hands to help for both!

The total cost was about $30 – without the spray paint or stain (we had some leftover). To me, that didn’t seem too bad. Especially since the cheap, store-bought ones end up being very wobbly. Using this industrial piping makes it so much sturdier too!

This DIY pipe clothing rack was made using a 3ft long, 1” pipe. The pipe used for the depth of the rack was 6” long. This could be longer, depending on how large your space is. Our laundry room is pretty tight, so I didn’t want the rack to extend too far out. The standard plastic clothing hangers almost hang straight out. So, if you have room and you’d like to have the hangers hang straight on the rack, than I suggest using 8” length pipe.

Let’s get started!

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  • (2) 1″ Galvanized Pipe 90 Degree Elbow
  • (2) 1″ Galvanized Pipe Floor Flange
  • (2) 1″ x 6″ Galvanized Pipe Nipple – could be longer as mentioned above
  • (1) 1″ x 3′ Threaded Galvanized Pipe – this could be a longer piece too. (If you have a Menard’s located near you, go there for the piping since its cheaper. This pipe is not available on their online store.)
  • (1) 6ft Fence Picket – 6″ wide (you can use a 1×6 as well, but it’s a bit little thicker than the fence picket. Plus, you don’t get that rough finish look with a 1×6)
  • Minwax Golden Oak
  • Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint (optional)
  • Long Screws (to fit the pipe flanges and long enough to go into wall)


  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Level
  • Stud Finder
  • Drill
  • Saw

STEP 1 – Assemble Pipe

To make things easier while spray painting, assemble all the pieces together first. The only part that will be tough to spray then, is the backside of the main pipe. I didn’t worry too much about this, since its facing the wall, you won’t be able to see it. Just gotta be careful and do your best when spray painting.

STEP 2 – Spray Paint (optional)

If you decided to go with the galvanized metal look, than you can skip this step 🙂

If you do want the dark pipe look, I used Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Metallic Spray Paint. This spray paint is pretty much what I use on all our projects – LOL. The best part is that it’s a paint and primer combo!

If you can – you’ll want to spray paint outside or in a well ventilated area (garage?). Make sure to lay down some cardboard / plastic, so you don’t get overspray everywhere.

Let it dry.

STEP 3 – Cut Wood Backing

I had some extra wood fence pickets left over from another project and decided to use it for this project. The rough textured look was just what I was looking for!

Your wood backing should be a little bit longer than your pipe length. I added 4.75” on both the left and right sides (measured from the middle of the pipe/flange). Since I used a 3′ pipe, I ended up cutting down the wood backing to 46.75”.

– tip – If you decided to use a fence picket, you’ll want to cut off the end with the dog ear edge. This way, you’re only making 1 cut.

STEP 4 – Stain Wood Backing

If you decided to buy the Fence Picket – The Western Red Cedar – you’ll notice the wood has a red hue to it. As I mentioned earlier, I used our fence picket from a previous project with the same stain color. Well, during that project, the amount of stains I tried to get color I was looking for was unbelievable. After trying and trying and trying, I finally found the stain that worked best! Surprisingly, Minwax Golden Oak was it. I would have never of thought, I myself would ever choose a golden oak stain for a project!

So, if you choose to go with the red cedar fence panel, and like the stain color I used, than go with Minwax Golden Oak for the stain. Really, you can stain it whatever color you like! I just found this stain to my liking 🙂

STEP 5 – Hang!

Hanging is really the most difficult part. An extra set of hands will definitely make things easier.

To begin, measure out the placement on the wall you want to hang your clothing rack.

Depending on your wall type, you want to make sure you properly secure your rack to the wall using appropriate screws and/or wall anchors. If possible (and you pretty much have all the stars aligned), you want to drill into a stud.

If where you want to hang the rack does not land on a stud, you will need to use drywall anchors. Since you are going to be hanging clothing (heavy too, if wet), you really want to make sure you use those or to drill into a stud.

Don’t forget to make sure it’s level too!

Once you figure out your placement on the wall – you are going to want to make your drill marks on the wood backing. Lay the wood backing on the ground, and place the assembled pipe on top of it. Make sure it’s placed in the center of the wood backing (equal spacing on the top/bottom and left/right sides). Then, take your pencil and mark dots / circles inside each of the 4 holes on both of the pipe flanges.

To make things easier, we pre-drilled holes into the wood backing for us to see where it would all line up when hanging on the wall.

After you make your markings on the wood backing, pick both pieces up together and drill into wall (this is where an extra set of hands makes it easier!)

The Final Look!

There you have it! Pretty easy right!?

Really, one of those final touches that brings everything together in the space. I’m so happy we made the decision to incorporate one of these in our laundry room!

( Well, it’s really just me – we know my husband doesn’t have the need for this 😉 )

We hope this tutorial saves you some space AND some money. Let us know if you have any questions below!

Folding clothes at a designated station in the laundry room is one way to diminish the possibility that clothes will become bedroom clutter. Unfolded clothes are too easily laid on a bed or chair to be folded later. It makes sense to include drying facilities in this zone because drying the clothes prepares them for folding or hanging.

Drying aids:

There are many types of structures to efficiently dry clothes in the space you have available.

Drying racks come in all shapes and sizes, in wood and metal. Many are expandable, and some include flat drying shelves as well as the traditional bars for drying. If you dry mostly loose items such as stockings, socks, and undergarments, a basic rack may do the trick. If you tend to dry delicate blouses or sweaters, you’ll probably need a rack with drying shelves. On metal drying racks, the bars should be coated or stainless steel to avoid staining delicate fabrics.

A drying line can be an excellent option in laundry rooms that are cramped for floor space, but with plenty of overhead space. You can use a regular clothesline running between hooks attached to two facing walls, or use the more upscale option of a “hotel-style” retractable drying line.

Fold-out hanging bars are attached to a wall or the back of a door for hang-drying loose garments or storing newly pressed shirts and clothes on hangers. These can be folded out of the way when not in use.

Folding space:

Every laundry room benefits from a specific area for folding laundry. The task will go faster and your clean clothes will stay more organized when all the folding is done in one place. You don’t necessarily need a lot of space, because you can only fold one garment at a time. A deep countertop is best, because it lets you completely lay out whatever you are folding. If your laundry room does not have a countertop, customize one. Create a folding surface out of a piece of plywood or sheet of hard plastic large enough to fit over the top surface of your dryer, or washer and dryer. Fold the clothes on top as you pull them out of the dryer. Or use a hinged countertop crafted from a piece of plywood and sturdy hinges attached to the wall. Keep hangers near the ironing board. Hang shirts and other permanent-press items on them as soon as they come out of the dryer so that you won’t have to iron them. Use a wall- or door-mounted folding hanging rod or a hanging stand to keep shirts in order until you put them away.

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