How to Build an A-Frame Clothing Rack

Short on closet space? Expand your storage with this trendy, easy-to-build garment rack.

A-Frame Clothing Rack

A-Frame Clothing Rack

Need extra clothes storage? Build a simple A-frame rack with shelf using readily available lumber.

This clothing rack not only organizes your kids’ clothes but looks amazing too. Your kids can help build it, then have fun painting and decorating it with their own personal style.

Cost: Low
Skill Level: Easy
Time: A few hours

Tools and Materials:

  • (1) 2’ x 4’ x 3/4” plywood
  • (2) 1x2 x 6’ wood board
  • (4) 1x4 x 6’ wood board
  • (1) 1” dowel @ 48”
  • drill and a variety of drill bits
  • gold hooks
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • wood glue
  • 2” wood screws
  • spray paint
  • painter’s tape
  • brad nailer and 2” brad nails
  • flip-flops
  • baskets (assorted sizes)
  • miter saw
  • circular saw
  • 1-3/8” Forstner bit (or spade bit)
  • measuring tape

Step 1: Cut Wood

Follow the cut list to cut all the lumber to size.

● Piece A: 3/4” plywood at 2’ x 43” (shelf)
● Piece B: (2) pieces of 1x2 board at 44-1/2” (edge pieces for shelf)
● Piece C: (2) pieces of 1x2 board at 24” (edge pieces for shelf)
● Piece D: (4) pieces of 1x4 board cut with one end cut at 15 degrees from corner (rails)

Step 2: Attach Edges to Plywood

To conceal the raw end-grain of the plywood, attach the 1x2 pieces to all sides of the plywood using a brad nailer and wood glue. Attach the B Pieces to the long sides of the plywood and the C Pieces to each short sides of the plywood.

Step 3: Make It Fun

We decided to customize our storage rack by making distinct spots for certain items. We used a pair of flip flops and some baskets as templates then spray painted them to mark for where shoes and baskets will go.

Step 4: Cut Angles

On all four D Pieces, cut one end of each at 15 degrees using a miter saw.

Step 5: Cut Holes in Side Rails

On all four D Pieces, measure 2” from the uncut end and make a mark in the center. Use a Forstner/spade bit to cut a hole to fit the dowel. (Pro tip: Place painter’s tape over the spot you’re going to drill in order to prevent the wood from splitting when drilling.) Repeat on the remaining three D Pieces.

Step 6: Sand

Smooth the rail pieces using 220-grit sandpaper.

Step 7: Attach Rails to Shelf

Attach the D Pieces to Piece A using 2” wood screws. To prevent the wood from splitting, use a 7/64” drill bit to pre-drill the screw holes. Depending on your screw size, you want to use a bit 1/64” smaller than the target hole size.

Step 8: Insert the Dowel

Slide the dowel through the holes to create the crossbar. Add wood screws to the point where the D Pieces meet at the top, so that they stay in one place. Again, you’ll want to pre-drill to avoid splitting.

Step 9: Finishing Touches

Using a ¼” drill bit, pre-drill holes for accessory hooks on Piece D wherever you’d like them. Screw in the accessory hooks. Use painters tape, and decorate your clothing rack as desired. Use your creativity!

DIY A-Frame Clothes Rack

DIY A-Frame Clothes Rack

Rosa and Melania Armstrong build a simple clothing rack with storage shelf.

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