When we moved in to our current home, I decided that I no longer wanted traditional wardrobes. I’ve never been a fan as they look like such big, bulky things in any room. Instead I wanted to go for some kind of open clothes rack.
Of course I had big doubts about fitting everything in. I love the look of open clothes rails but it would be pointless if it didn’t hold all my clothes. The whole idea for me was about a more minimal look so I wouldn’t have clothes piling up on the floor in my bedroom. Despite my doubts, I decided to go for it and I’ve never looked back. In fact I don’t think I will ever opt for bulky, traditional wardrobes again.
The benefits of an open wardrobe are many. You can easily make your own, they cost far, far less than traditional wardrobes, they look great and I can see exactly what clothes I have. But the biggest benefits to me have been no more wardrobe clutter and keeping my bedroom tidy. Because the wardrobes are open, it’s so much easier to hang up my clothes each night (rather than piling them up on a chair).
Of course open wardrobes do mean you have less storage space but I see that as a positive. If you do go down this route, you won’t need to declutter your wardrobe often at all. So all that in mind I’m sharing 5 DIY clothes racks that you can make this weekend and your bedroom will look instantly tidier.
5 minimal DIY clothes racks to make at home
I started with this DIY clothes rack because it’s the one I made and I love it. It’s specially handy for using the height of a room and using up less floor space with furniture. It’s hanging up there in my bedroom and it’s got more clothes than in these pictures but it’s still nowhere near stuffed. As you can see I paired it with floating drawers which is where I keep everything else that can’t be hung up (socks, underwear, accessories, jeans etc). You can buy similar types of hanging clothes hangers but they are way more expensive than making your own. You can read more about this diy rack made out of plumbing pipes and you can also get the detailed step by step tutorial. (the tutorial costs $7) .
If you prefer something on the floor then this DIY wooden clothing rail is a great idea. The space under the clothes allows you to store shoes or storage boxes or baskets. Or you could also pair it with a dresser next to it for a complete wardrobe.
This is another simple, minimal clothes rack made out of plumbing pipes but it’s one that leans on the floor rather than hanging from the wall. So if you prefer a floor version then this works well. I love how there is an additional rack at the bottom for shoes. You can of course adapt the size to your needs.
From all these DIY clothes racks, this hanging clothes rail is probably the most space saving of all. I love it for a kids room or a small entryway to store coats. But if you go a bit larger, you can use it as your main wardrobe too and have some storage under for everything that needs to go in drawers. Also this one couldn’t be simpler to make.
Last is this clever DIY clothes hanger that is similar to the one above but I wanted to include it as it shows how to make use of those awkward spaces that would otherwise be wasted. I love how it fits so neatly under the sloping ceiling and it still holds a fair few clothes.
If not for your main wardrobe, these racks are a great idea for a guest bedroom or for extra clothes storage in any room. Which of these DIY clothes racks will you make first?