Working with PVC is a lot like putting a toy together. The pieces remind me of an erector set, Lincoln logs, and other types of building toys. The fun part of working with PVC is that you can make items beautiful, lightweight, strong and long-lasting. The best part is that you will not ruin your budget in the process. PVC is inexpensive and readily available at any DIY store.
You can buy connectors of different sizes and shapes at DIY stores and online. Get together with friends who share your building passion and buy connectors in bulk. To learn more about building furniture with PVC, check out this link.
PVC is available in different colors, but white is the most common and the least expensive. It can be painted or stained before or after assembly to match the room.
Here are three bedroom items you can make with PVC:
You will need:
- · Marking and measuring tools
- · Medium and fine sandpaper to smooth cut edges
- · Hacksaw
- · Six-inch PVC pipe
- · Twelve-inch PVC pipe. Check with the DIY store as sometimes there are cut-off lengths available at a discount. Construction sites sometimes give pieces away for the asking. Use leftover lengths in the garden.
- · Construction adhesive
- · Spring clamps
Cut lengths of 6″ and 12″ PVC pipe each 12 inches long. Sand the edges smooth. Paint or stain to suit the décor of the room or closet.
Lay the larger pipes on the floor next to each other so the holes are facing the inside of the closet. Begin with two pipes at a time.
Make a mark on each side of the pipes. Apply construction adhesive to this mark and attach the other pipe, matching the marks. Hold in place with spring clamps while the adhesive sets up.
You can make as many sets as you have spring clamps available. It is not mandatory to have the larger pipes only on the bottom of the set. You can make any design you choose. Incorporate smaller sizes of pipe for visual interest and for small item storage.
Attach the double pipes together. Glue the smaller pipes on top.
Insert shoes into each pipe for storage.
When the storage pipes are no longer wanted or needed, turn on their ends and glue wood plugs or PVC caps on each pipe end. Drill drain holes in each plug or cap. Set on the patio and use as decorative planters. Kids may find laying the storage rack down on its side as great tunnels for toy cars.
They can also be used in the garage for tool storage.
Source: Alan & Gill Bridgewater (2001), “Quick and Easy Projects for the Weekend Carpenter,” Huppauge, New York, Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.
Source: The author of this article has over 40 years of experience in diverse forms of DIY, home improvement and repair, crafting, designing, and building furniture, outdoor projects and more