A DIY Copper Clothing Stand to Complement Your Minimalist Decor

Copper clothing stand styled with clothes and shoes
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Minimalism captures the zeitgeist of millennial culture — both in lifestyle and design. From capsule wardrobes to streamlined spaces, there's something very appealing about editing things down to the bare necessities and ditching all the rest. Take, for instance, this DIY clothing rack, which is sleek and sparse in form and simplifies the art of getting dressed each day. Not to mention the open closet concept paired with the ultra-stylish metallic trend are the things that Instagram dreams are made of — #OOTD, anyone?

Things You'll Need

  • ¾-inch-by-10-feet copper pipes ( 3 )

  • ¾-inch-by-¾-inch 90-degree copper elbow fittings ( 6 )

  • ¾-inch-by-¾-inch-by-¾-inch copper tee fittings ( 6 )

  • ¾-inch copper pipe caps ( 4 )

  • Copper pipe cutter

  • Industrial-strength glue

Copper clothing stand styled with clothes and shoes
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 1

Use the pipe cutter to cut your pipes to the following sizes:

  • 5-feet pipes ( 2 )
  • 4-feet pipes ( 3 )
  • 3-inch pipes ( 8 )
  • 2-inch pipes ( 4 )
Copper pipes and fittings laid out
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Tip: The trick to cutting a copper pipe without bending or crushing it is to fit the pipe inside the pipe cutter so that it's slightly snug and then twist the pipe a couple of times. Next, tighten the pipe cutter a tiny bit more, twist the pipe a couple more times, tighten a little more, twist, and so on until it cuts the pipe off cleanly.

Cutting copper pipe with pipe cutter
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Step 2

It's easiest to assemble the base of the clothing stand first. Begin by laying out the pieces for each "leg" as shown. You'll start with a tee fitting in the center and place a 2-inch pipe on each side of the tee. Next, place a tee fitting next to each of the 2-inch pipes. Now, place a 3-inch pipe next to each of the tees, and then a 90-degree elbow fitting next to the 3-inch pipes. Finally, place a 3-inch pipe vertically below each elbow fitting and caps below the 3-inch pipes.

Pipe pieces and connectors for "leg" laid out
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Step 3

Dry fit the pieces of each leg together first. Once you've checked that everything fits together nicely, glue the pieces together with an industrial-strength adhesive to ensure your base is sturdy enough to support the weight of your clothes.

"Legs" of clothing stand assembled
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Step 4

Now that the legs are assembled, let's build the shoe rack. Stand the legs upright so that the caps are resting on the floor, and insert two of the 4-foot copper pipes horizontally into the tee fittings on each of the legs.

Pipes for shoe rack inserted horizontally into "legs" of clothing stand
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Step 5

Insert the 5-foot copper pipes vertically into the tee fittings on each of the legs.

Vertical pipe inserted into "leg" of clothing stand
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Step 6

Insert a 90-degree elbow fitting onto the top of each 5-foot pipe with the 90-degree angle facing inward toward each other.

Inserting copper pipe elbow onto vertical pipe
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Step 7

Finish by inserting the remaining 4-foot copper pipe horizontally into the ends of each 90-degree elbow — to form the hanging rod.

Tip: As long as the "legs" of the base are glued together, you don't necessarily have to glue the rest of the pipes together. Not gluing them gives you the flexibility to take the clothing stand apart to store or move elsewhere.

Hanging rod inserted into vertical pipes
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Pull your style choices you plan to wear for the week and put them on display. Don't forget shoes and accessories.

Copper clothing stand with clothes and shoes
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Seeing everything laid out in plain sight helps you visualize your outfits with a more editorial eye. Getting dressed each day will be a breeze.

Copper clothing stand with clothes and shoes
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Trisha Sprouse

Trisha Sprouse

Trisha is a video producer, maker and impassioned creative who specializes in lifestyle content and storytelling across multiple platforms.