Copper & Concrete Clothes Rack DIY

August 16, 2013 |  by  |  Blog, DIY, Home & Decor

When I go to the hardware store, my mind is always going crazy, I can think of thousand materials I want to bring home and transform them into something fun. This time I just couldn’t pass the pipe section! Copper pipes, I love the color! And the price was good, 10 Euro for 2,50m, who can say no to that!

Copper Pipe Clothes Rack | Funkytime

So today I show you, how to make a simple industrial style clothes rack with concrete feet. Besides waiting for the concrete to dry, this takes only 5 minutes!

you will need

► 3 copper pipes, 18mm, 2x 1.25m // 1x 1m

► 2 copper pipe fittings, 18mm

► Concrete mix

► Plastic boxes 20cmx15cm

how to

It is so simple that even the least handy person can manage to do it.

All you need to do is connect your pipes// mix the concrete and fill it in the box// wait until the concrete is more tight, not too fluid anymore and stick the pipe into the center. The pipe will hold by itself.// Let it dry for a day (or depending what concrete you use).

 

Copper Pipe Clothes Rack | Funkytime

Hope you like!

Other cool things people made with copper pipes:

…yikes, a table!

…toilet paper holder.

copper bracelet diy.

kitchen towel rack- I will so do this!

Copper Pipe Clothes Rack | Funkytime

 

 


//xoxo, Sibylle//

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12 Comments

  1. Love it :) A must-have in my new place ;)

  2. Oh man – ich muss es einfach mal loswerden, deine ganzen Ideen und was du uns so zur Verfügung stellst an kreativen Inspirationen, Printables und mehr – einfach toll! Danke dafür <3

  3. Since copper pipe can be a bit soft do you reinforce your pipes with wood dowels or another smaller metal pipe? Years ago I built a rack using copper pipe and found the pipe would sag a bit when used for hanging winter coats and such. (The rack was in the mud room for winter items. In the summer I displayed plants in hanging baskets.) I dismantled the rack, inserted metal pipes and rebuilt the rack. I included it when I sold the home, the rack was mounted to the ceiling and it fit the decor. Once in my next home I used larger copper pipe and reinforced it with metal pipe prior to building more racks.

    • what kind of reinforcing metal did you use? I also thought that the copper would sag, and I want to build this to hold all my jackets. Thanks.

      • I would insert a length of rebar in the top cross-bar section. Rebar is found in the concrete department, used to strengthen the concrete. If you live in an area that necessitates heavy jackets I would probably insert a section of rebar in the uprights.

  4. Hi, just came across your copper-concrete rack! What a great idea. I want to try and make a towel rack with two tiers because we can’t screw anything into the bathroom tiles (the fate of the Australian renter). Just one question: once dry, does the concrete come out of the plastic tub? Or is that a tricky bit involving cutting, banging, etc.?

    Thanks so much for your awesome blog!

    • you can grease the plastic tub with oil, like you would do for a cake. Thats what i did and it came out easily

      • You could also line the plastic tubs or buckets with plastic bags, eliminating the pesky oily residue that will not only stain the concrete but also transfer to the floor and probably anything that touches it.

        • I forgot to mention – over the years I have made several variations of this type project. One time I used large coffee cans I had painted with a metal type paint. I left the concrete in the cans. I was doing a reno on a condo I was planning to sell. Just as I expected the buyer wanted to include the copper pipe items with the transaction. I knew concrete can be brittle when moved or bumped so I thought it best to leave the concrete in the cans. I made similar units for the bathrooms, kitchen and the deck. Since I was focused on spending the minimum amount for maximum impact/quality I utilized matching flower pots for the rack for the deck. I coated one set of coffee cans with concrete for a stucco appearance. The options are endless. Although I like the look in the picture I fear the concrete will not have a long life-span before it starts to disintegrate. You can purchase a liquid product in home improvement stores that states it strengthens the concrete. I have no opinion on the product since I have not utilized it. Rather than invest my time and energy on a risky long-term life-span creation I have kept the plastic bins I lined with plastic to create an all concrete base. I did have to create another base for one coat rack, a guest fell against the rack. When the base hit the wall a section broke from the concrete shape. I used a hammer to destroy both bases and poured more concrete. This time I added rocks, stones, wire hangers, etc – for structural strength. I also kept the concrete in the plastic container used for the shape. Of course I painted it to hide the plastic appearance. Metal paints can do wonders for plastic.

  5. Anyone else in the U.S. know how to remove the laser etching or writing on copper tubing?
    I’m looking to do this project, and I’m sourcing material from Home Depot. The problem is they have all this writing over, for contractors I assume. Anyone have any suggestions in removing the writing or is there another place I should be getting the copper? Thanks

  6. Hi there, can anyone tell me which kind of “hangers” she used?
    Thanks!!

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