Hanging wet towels on a regular towel bar can be somewhat unsightly, let’s be real. But for most bathrooms, that’s the only way to keep wet towels dry and off the floor. While you can always buy a towel rack at the mall, why not make a sizable towel rack on your own? It’s surprisingly easy thanks to this small apartment DIY by Lonny.com!
Today’s project is a step-by-step guide on how to assemble a beautiful towel rack in a trendy copper shade! The best part? This towel rack is skinny yet it can hold a couple of regular-sized bath towels and several hand towels at the same time. It’s the perfect small apartment DIY for people who live in rentals with cramped bathrooms. Are you ready to make your own rose gold towel rack? Let’s get started:
You will need:
2 pcs. ½-inch-thick copper plumbing pipes, each 6 feet long
4 pcs. ½-inch copper T tubes
4 pcs. ½-inch copper pipe caps
2 pcs. ½-inch ninety-degree copper elbows
A pipe cutter
Step 1: Cut the Pipes to Size
If you haven’t tried cutting copper pipes on your own using a pipe cutter, it’s easy. Just make sure the copper wire is set firmly onto the cutter before twisting the dial and turning the cutter. But to make your life easier, you can always get the copper pipes cut to size at your local hardware store.
Begin by cutting the long, 6 feet plumbing pipes in half. You should end up with 2 pieces that are 3 feet long each. Then, cut the remaining pipe into 2-foot long pieces, 1-foot long pieces, and 6-inch long pieces. Use the image above as a guide for the pipe length.
Step 2: Assemble the Towel Rack
Join the interior bars using the pipe elbows to form the top of the towel rack. Repeat to the other side to form a wide U-shaped bar. Then, create the middle rack by joining the T-tubing in between the upper and lower rack frame.
Repeat to the other side. Fit the final T tubes in into each long tube to form the base of the towel rack. Then, insert the shorter tube pieces into the holes of the T tubes and insert the pipe caps to form the “feet” of the towel rack.
Step 3: Check the Rack’s Stability
The measurements of the copper tube pieces should be precise to ensure stability. You don’t want to end up with a wobbly towel rack. So give the towel rack a firm shake then re-adjust the fittings or the tube itself if the rack ends up being slightly wobbly.
… And there you go, you can start using your fabulous new towel rack! Set it in the bathroom so your wet towels have a designated spot for drying. It’s a multipurpose rack so you can use in the bedroom or the children’s room to organize a variety of things including throws, scarves, even clothes!
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