give your towels a home
This towel rack is so simple but such a perfect addition for a rustic or industrial feel in your space.
This guide is for a towel rack attached to a shelf, but you can customize the length by swapping out just one pipe for larger towels or matching hand towel and bath towel racks.
You can also attach this rack to a wall and hang it horizontally instead of vertically. It’s designed with 2″ pipe to create space between the wall and a hanging towel.
What you’ll need:
You’ll find this pipe in the plumbing section of your local hardware store. I used black iron, but most stores have a steel and black steel version available.
You can also get a smaller diameter of pipe instead – like 1/2 inch for example – but I like the bold and overstated look of the 3/4 inch. It works perfectly for a full-sized towel rack as well, you’ll just have to swap out the horizontal bar piece for a longer one.
The free DIY guide below has some more tips for working with the pipes and assembling them as well as the full step-by-step process. This DIY is super simple and if you’re handy with a drill it will likely only take you 15-30 minutes. Of course, don’t be afraid to take all the time you need to get it perfectly placed in your space.
The nipple pieces of the pipe (aka the threaded ends) are tapered which means you won’t be able to screw them in all the way and there will still be some threading showing. I like that this adds a little extra texture and interest to the feature.
Just know that this also means you’ll have to play around with how tight you screw them together in order to make sure that everything fits flush and lines up so that you can screw it into the wall. Don’t worry about getting them as tight as possible – getting them snug but straight is more important.
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