A DIY Copper Clothing Stand to Complement Your Minimalist Decor

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a clothing rack with a shoe rack attached made from copper pipe

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?


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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

a clothing rack with a shoe rack attached made from copper pipe

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 )
all the copper pieces needed for the clothing rack, including t-joints, elbow fittings, and end caps

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.

using a pipe cutter to trim a section of copper pipe

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.


several short pieces of pipe, including t-joints and elbow fittings, laid out for a dry fitting

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.

the two feet of the clothing stand are assembled

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.

Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 5

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

Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse

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.


fitting an elbow joint on a long section of pipe

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.

Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse

Pull your style choices you plan to wear for the week and put them on display. Don't forget shoes and accessories.

a clothing rack with a shoe rack attached made from copper pipe

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.

a clothing rack with a shoe rack attached made from copper pipe


Trisha is a writer, video producer + maker with a knack for creating modern DIY content. When her hands aren't covered in paint, she's most likely holding a camera or power drill or both.