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How to Make a Clothes Rack For Yard Sale (4 Easy Ways!)

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Yard sales are a rite of passage when you’re moving or just decluttering your life.

But to have the best yard sale on the block, you need solid displays so potential buyers can see all the great stuff you have for sale.

Sturdy clothes racks are clutch for showcasing piles of shirts, jeans, jackets and more. But dropping dough on new retail racks just for your yard sale isn’t ideal.

Luckily, you can easily create your own DIY clothes racks with materials and supplies you likely already have.

In this handy guide, I’ll walk you through several different options for throwing together clothes racks with common household items.

With a dash of creativity and know-how, you’ll have display racks ready to highlight your wares in no time!

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Before deciding which style you want to build, take stock of useful supplies you may already have for constructing a DIY clothes rack:

  • Poles/rods – Look for broomsticks, PVC pipes, wooden closet rods, or other sturdy poles that are 4-6 feet long. I once used an old mop handle in a pinch!
  • Ladders – A pair of regular or extension ladders with flat rungs are perfect for resting poles on.
  • Ropes/cord – Paracord, clothesline, ribbon, twine, or any type of string will work for hanging clothes from above.
  • Trees/posts/frames – Anything you can tightly stretch and anchor rope between. My brother once used two basketball hoops!
  • Creativity – Don’t overlook thinking outside the box for unique rack designs!

Now let’s explore some specific rack designs you can put together with common household materials.

1. Simple Pipe Rack

The most basic DIY clothes rack design uses a long wooden rod, PVC Pipe or pole propped horizontally on two supports, like ladders or stacked crates.

Display Purses Using Hangers and Pipes

Here’s how to throw one together:

  1. Place your pipe, rod on top of two sturdy supports roughly 5-6 feet apart. I like using a 1-inch diameter hardwood closet rod for this.
  2. Check that your pole is resting securely and won’t slide off the supports. You can brace it with rope or bungee cords if needed.
  3. Start hanging clothing items on the pole using hangers. That’s it – you’ve got an instant rack for showing off shirts or jackets!
  • Pro tip: For a crafty look, drape an old sheet or colorful fabric over the pipe or paint it with some leftover paint from your garage to make it look colorful.

This clothes hanging rack comes together fast and is easy to disassemble afterward to store the supplies. The simplicity makes it one of my favorite approaches.

2. DIY Standalone PVC Pipe Rack

So using some simple PVC pipes and connectors you can make this super simple and sturdy cloth rack in under 5 minutes.

You don’t even need any fancy tool, cutting or drilling machine.

PVC Pipe Cloth Rack 1 1

Here are the stuff you’ll be needing:

  • 2 PVC pipes of 42″ each (for Upper Left and Upper Right)
  • 2 PVC pipes of 36″ each (for Top and Bottom)
  • 2 PVC pipes of 24″ each (for Lower Left and Lower Right)
  • A total of 9 Feet of PVC pipe on the floor
  • 2 PVC elbows
  • 4 PVC Tees
  • 4 Caps

All the stuff will cost you around $20 including tax, so you can create multiple cloth racks like these according to your needs.

All you have to do is cut the pipes to the desired length as mentioned above.

  • Pro Tip: You can adjust the pipe length according to your needs, but make sure you do not make it super wide otherwise, it won’t be sturdy, after all, they are still hollow PVC pipes.

Use the Tees, elbows, and caps to connect and secure all the pipes together.

Watch this amazing video by Amazon Hustler (Subscribe and support them) for step by step guide on making this DIY cloth rack.

3. Rope Rack

If you don’t have a suitable wooden rod or a PVC Pipe, no worries!

You can also create a DIY rack by tightly stringing rope between two supports and using clothespins to hang garments from the line.

Hanging Clothes Using Rope and Wooden Clips
Credit: Pinterest

Here’s how I put together a rope rack for my last yard sale:

  • I tied a length of paracord between two trees in the yard, really cinching the knots tightly.
  • Any strong cord will work – you can even use a spare plastic-coated extension cord.
  • Then I used Natural wood clothespins to hang up shirts, jackets, and dresses along the line.

This approach is ultra-lightweight and portable too – I just untied the line when I was done.

It doesn’t work as well for heavy items, but ideal for clothes and garments.

4. Hanging Clothes on Ladders

For an even easier solution, you can display clothes directly on a ladder:

Using Ladders To Display Clothes at Garage Sale
Source: Pinterest
  • Set two lightweight extension ladders approximately 6-8 feet apart.
  • Carefully rest a plank across the top rungs to drape clothes over. Or just use the rungs themselves.
  • Secure the ladders so they don’t shift and tip over. Safety first!

Then jazz it up with decorations:

  • Weave ribbons or silk flowers through the rungs.
  • Spray paint the ladder an eye-catching color first – I like bright pink!

If you already have spare ladders on hand, this approach takes minimal work.

But anchoring them safely is crucial, especially if little kids will be running around your sale.

FAQ – How to Make a Clothes Rack For Yard Sale

Here are some common FAQs on how to make a DIY clothes rack for yard sale.

How do I display clothes at yard sale?

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What can I hang clothes on at garage sale?

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Final Thoughts

Hopefully, these tips have sparked some inspiration for easy DIY clothes racks you can throw together on the cheap!

With a bit of resourcefulness and creative approach, you can build functional displays from common household items.

Focus on finding creative ”out of the box“ supports like tree branches or soccer goals.

Half the fun is improvising rack designs with unique materials you have available.

Not only will your DIY spirit provide great displays, it will also create lots of great conversation at your yard sale!

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