DIY: Garment Rack

Here at the Dear Rain headquarters we are gearing upIMG_3106 for our first trade show (woot, woot!). We will be attending NY Now, aka the Gift Show, to show buyers from stores and gift shops all over the world how amazing our products are. That’s right, by the time we get to NY Now, there will be more Dear Rain to love. We’re adding cool and exciting new items we can’t wait to show you.

Like everything we do, we want our display to be sleek, stylish and most of all innovative. So we set ourselves to create our own garment rack to show off one of our new products. It is so cool, I think it makes sense to share with you how we made it.

You kind of have to be into the industrial look to love the rack. If you’re lucky, you’ll find someone great to help you out at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot. Otherwise, you might have to learn a whole lot more about piping and fitting (aka plumbing accessories) than you ever wanted to learn. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Mineral Spirits
  • Latex gloves
  • Sponge
  • 3 black iron pipes (1/2″ diameter, 18″ long)
  • 1 black iron pipe (1/2″ diameter, 60″ long)
  • 2 black iron 90° elbows (1/2″ to 3/4″)
  • 1 black iron 90° elbow (1/2″ to 1/2″)
  • 1 black iron cap (1/2″)
  • Finally, you’ll need 1 black iron 90° side outlet elbow (1/2″ to 1/2″ to 1/2″). Unfortunately, I now know this is not an actual plumbing thing and it has been created to make furniture so it is really hard to find. I found mine at

First, put on the gloves, drench the sponge in mineral spirits and work over all four pipes. Unless you want a polished steel look, you don’t need to be very thorough. Use the mineral spirits to remove some of the black paint until you reach a color you like. I left it with some paint so it looks a little raw.

After it dries, clean it to remove leftover mineral spirits. All that is left to do is put the pieces together.

  1. Attach the 1/2″ to 3/4″ elbows to one end of  two of the 18″ pipes (you should be attaching the 1/2″ end so that the 3/4″ end serves as the base of the rack).
  2. Attach the other ends of the two pipes to the side outlet elbow.
  3. Attach the 60″ pipe to the top whole of the side outlet elbow.
  4. Attach the 1/2″ to 1/2″ elbow to the top.DIY: Garment Rack Side
  5. Attach the last 18″ pipe to the elbow at the top.
  6. Finish off that 18″ pipe with the cap.

If this is at all confusing, just take a look at the picture and you’ll figure it
out pretty easily.

In total, we spent about $50 and got our garment rack plus bragging rights.

Note: for all of you who know about plumbing, my apologies. I’m sure all of my terminology is wrong. Hopefully, those in need of Plumbing for Dummies will get what I’m saying.

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