D.I.Y. copper clothes rail

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D.I.Y. copper clothes rail

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Project Overview

Create more space in your wardrobe with this industrial hanging rail. With just some copper pipe and a bit of know-how, you can free up your wardrobe and make it easier to find all your clothes.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Find the wall stud and ceiling joist
2 Measure and cut the copper pipe
3 Attach the pipes to the elbow
4 Flare the ends of the pipes
5 Apply silicone around the flare
6 Fix the hanger
7 Polish the clothes hanger
  • Step 1. Find the wall stud and ceiling joist

    Because the clothes rail will be carrying some weight, where possible, it needs to be attached to a wall stud and a ceiling joist. Use the stud finder to locate these. Mark the middle of them on the wall and on the roof. Remember that the clothes rail needs to be far enough away from the wall to hold a coat hanger.
  • Step 2. Measure and cut the copper pipe

    The measurements for your copper pipe will depend on where your hanger will fit and the drop that you desire. Our drop was 400mm and our hanging pipe was 700mm long. Measure the longer length on the pipe first and use the pipe cutter to cut it. Then measure the shorter length and cut that. A handy tip when using a pipe cutter is not to overtighten it. To do this, tighten the cutter a little bit after every revolution to give you a cleaner cut.
  • Step 3. Attach the pipes to the elbow

    Join the shorter piece of copper – the drop, to the elbow and crimp into place. Then join the shorter piece for the drop to the other side of the elbow. Crimp that into place. A handy tip is to use an offcut from the pipe to rest the hanger on to give you some clearance from the workbench to make crimping the pipe easier. If you don’t have a crimping tool, use glue instead.
  • Step 4. Flare the ends of the pipes

    Next, flare the ends of the copper pipe to ensure that the flange doesn’t come off the ends of the hanger. First, put the flange on the pipe. Put the flaring tool on the end of the pipe and hit it several times with a hammer. Slide the flange over to check you can’t pull it through. If it needs opening up a little more, put the flaring tool back on and hit it a few more times. Repeat this for the other end of the hanger.
  • Step 5. Apply silicone around the flare

    To make sure the flange doesn’t move and everything is secure, run a bead of silicone around the underside of the flare and press the flange into it. Then add more silicone over and around the end of the pipe. Clean any excess silicone with a dry cloth. Repeat this for the other flare and flange. Leave to dry for 24 hours.
  • Step 6. Fix the hanger

    Once the silicone is dry, use the cordless drill and 35mm timber screws to fix one end of the clothes hanger to the ceiling joist. Now fit the other end to the wall. If you haven’t got a stud wall or ceiling joist to attach the clothes hanger to, use hollow wall anchors to fix it into place.
  • Step 7. Polish the clothes hanger

    To give your clothes hanger a fantastic finish, use a soft cloth and Brasso to polish it. Now you can hang your clothes and enjoy that extra storage space.
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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