DIY Quick Guide: Building a Closet Using Industrial Pipes

Many people look for alternative solutions to build furniture or decorations instead of buying them.

You don’t need any special skills as long as you have Internet access. DIY projects will help you save the money and create original style for your house. By making your own furniture you can customise the projects according to your needs and preferences. Usually the beginning is the hardest part but once you pass this phase, it will be a lot easier.

We asked Jack Moss, a plumber in Sydney, who also happens to be a DIY enthusiast to guide us on this matter. Here is a summary of what he recommended.

Make a Plan
Making a plan probably the most important part of your project. The plan will determine what materials and tools you need. The first step is to measure the space properly. Make sure to leave enough room for shelves and shoe racks.

After that, take a blank sheet and draw a draft of the project. It doesn’t have to be perfect but it should include all of the important dimensions.
If you’re planning to use pipes and wood together, make sure the plan looks clear. You can even use highlighters to emphasize different parts of the closet.

Buy the Supply
Once you understand the space measurements, you can move on to ordering the materials. It’s very important to make a list of all the parts you need.

1. Pipes
Count the pieces and determine the right width and length. There are many places where you can buy materials so don’t rush, try to find the best deal before you start spending money.

When the pipes are cut and ready, match your order against the list you made earlier. Materials can be expensive and you don’t want to go back and forth to correct the mistakes. It will only delay the project.

2. Elbows
Elbows are used to connect two pipes together and change the flow direction. Try attaching them to a pipe first to check the correct size.

3. Tees
Tees are another very important part of the closet that fits three pipes in and will allow you to create a base for the shelves. These little pieces will also help you change direction of the pipes if you want to create a more complex design.

4. Flanges
You will need a few of these to rest the pipes safely on the floor. They will support the entire structure and anchor it to the wall for more stability for your closet.

5. Caps
Caps are small steel pieces used to secure open ends of the pipes.
All the pipes have to be cleaned and screwed together tightly. Make sure to use you work trousers and safety gloves to avoid any scratches or cuts. If you’re experiencing any difficulties in connecting the pipes, use a product called WD-40 to remove the grease and reduce friction.

When the structure is ready you can consider painting the tubes with your favourite colour to match the room’s design. Once you finish, grab a few hangers and start arranging the clothes in a brand new closet.

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