How to Build a Rolling Clothing Rack

What You'll Need
3 long pieces of PVC pipe
4 short pieces of PVC pipe
6 PVC elbow joints
2 PVC tee joints
4 PVC pipe caps
4 wheeled casters with threaded stems
Lock nuts and washers
Tape measure and pencil

A rolling clothes rack can be a great help if you need extra storage space but have exhausted your closet and shelf space. Their portability makes it easy to roll large wardrobes from room to room much faster than could be accomplished than transporting individual pieces by hand. Although their usefulness is limited in private residences, there are a broad range of applications where the convenience wheels provide is invaluable. Rolling racks are utilized by clothing retailers as well as businesses that need to store uniforms or costumes. You can assemble a rolling clothes rack in a day using materials available at any hardware store.

Step 1 – Plan Design and Obtain Materials

The long pieces of PVC pipe will determine the height and length of your clothes rack. The short pieces will determine the width of the base. A height-to-base-width ratio of 5:3 is recommended for most uses, but a 2:1 ratio is better if you plan to hang heavy blankets or winter coats. Use pipe narrow enough to accommodate a standard clothes hanger. Sketch out a diagram for a rack that meets your needs within your space constraints. You can purchase the lengths of pipe pre-cut, or buy long pieces and cut them to length yourself. Wash the pipes after cutting them to remove dust and filings.

Step 2 – Fabricate PVC Casters

Drill a hole into the centers of the pipe caps using a bit with the same diameter as the threaded screws. Insert these screws through the hole and lock them in place using the nuts and washers.

Step 3 – Test Frame Assembly

First, join three long pieces with two elbows to create an arch shape. Next, connect both tee joints to the bottom ends, with the openings of the tees facing perpendicular to the central span of the arch. Next, join all four of the short pieces to the openings of the tee joints. The frame should now resemble a squashed letter “H” when viewed from the above. Finally, connect the pipe cap casters to the ends of the short pieces. This is the final shape of the rolling clothes rack. Give it a firm shake to test the stability, and push it around to make sure the wheels turn freely. Verify that the rack will pass through hallways and doorways. If everything works, take the rack apart and put it back together, this time using pipe cement. The pipe cement dries rapidly so don't delay.