Kids' Playroom Costume Display and Storage

Do your kids love to put on plays and dress up? Create easy storage that doubles as a display for all their costumes. All you need is some basic DIY skills, a little lumber, pipe fittings and these simple instructions.
By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Enter Stage Right

Do your kids have a collection of costumes and hats tucked away in a trunk or toy box? Build a display for all them. If the costumes are in plain sight, children will be more likely to dress up, put on plays, have fun and make you giggle.

Tools and Materials

To make a costume display, you’ll need: pre-cut strip of 1x6 primed MDF (medium-density fiberboard) trim, stud finder, quart of semigloss paint, 2” angled paintbrush, 8” diameter wooden discs, 8’x4’ sheet of 3/4”-thick paint-grade plywood, jigsaw, drill with a 1” paddle bit and a 1/8” drill bit, compass, 2” stainless- steel wood screws, 1/2” stainless steel wood screws, 1x12” threaded galvanized metal pipes (one per outfit), 1” galvanized metal elbow (one per outfit), galvanized metal flanges (two per outfit), measuring tape, speed square, pencil and a calculator.

Measure the Wall

Determine the height and width of the costume station. At least 4 feet of vertical space will allow each costume to hang efficiently but keep things low enough that children can reach.

Measure and Mark Distance Between Hanging Rods

Each costume will hang on a rod made of threaded galvanized metal pipe, elbows and flanges. To make sure you have the proper amount of clearance for each outfit to hang side by side without overcrowding, measure the average span of jackets, capes or cloaks. A distance of 14 to 18 inches between each rod works best. Use a tape measure to mark the position of each rod onto the primed MDF. Start from the center and work toward each end.

Mark Flange Positioning

After you've made all the marks, use a speed square and pencil to draw a straight line across the MDF. This will clearly mark the center point on which to install each flange.

Pre-Drill Flanges

If you want the costume station to blend seamlessly with the room, paint the pre-cut, primed MDF in the same color as the wall. For a clean look, pre-install the flanges by centering each flange on the drawn line. Use a 1/8” drill bit to create pilot holes for each of the four screws needed to secure the flange to the MDF.

Insert Screws, Remove, Then Paint

Insert the screws into each of the pilot holes, then retract them using the reverse function of the drill. Once screws are removed, use a 2” angled paintbrush and semigloss paint to update the pre-cut, primed MDF.

Fasten Flanges and MDF to Wall

Use a stud finder to locate the studs within the wall. Based on the stud locations, hold the MDF up in place and fasten the MDF through the wall and into studs. Insert 2” stainless steel wood screws through the holes of each flange and into the pre-drilled holes of the MDF.

Make Hat Holders

The hat holders are made from 8” wood discs placed above each costume. You can find simple wood discs at most craft stores or you can make them out of 3/4”-thick paint-grade plywood. Use a compass to mark the size, then cut using a jigsaw. Paint the discs the same color as the MDF.

Attach Flanges to Wooden Discs

Position the flange directly in the center of disc, then attach it using 1/2” stainless steel wood screws and a drill.

Assemble Rods

Create the hanging rods by fastening the threaded galvanized metal pipes, elbows and wooden disc-mounted flanges together. Make sure you’ve got a tight fit on each piece.

Attach Rods to Wall

Hold up each assembled rod in place along the painted MDF and slowly thread the end of the pipe into the wall-mounted flange, ensuring a tight fit.

Add Costumes

Once each hanging rod is secured to the wall, place costumes on clothes hangers, then slide into place along hanging rods. Place hats onto wooden discs to complete the look of the costume station.

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