I love building furniture and items with PVC. It assembles quickly, costs next to nothing and requires nothing special to put things together. I can paint or stain it, marbleize it or leave it plain. It comes in different colors including black, white, and clear.
Furniture grade PVC can be purchased online, but I find buying from the DIY store is far less expensive. For anything that bears weight, I always choose schedule 40. It is thicker; it is made to withstand high water pressure. This makes it incredibly strong.
I tried to find a quilt rack for my handmade creations, but the prices drove me out of the store. I swear I heard my wallet cry.
I came home and looked through books on woodworking. I found a design I liked, but it had no storage space. I designed my own. It will hold quilts, blankets and has shelves for extra storage space.
Quilt or Blanket Rack
This quilt or blanket rack has two shelves for sheets and other linens. Since PVC has no oils, it will not stain delicate fabrics. It can be made to hold any sized quilt, blanket or bedding.
Do not cement anything together until instructed to do so.
You will need:
- · Hacksaw
- · Measuring and marking tools
- · Sandpaper for smoothing cut ends
- · Clear PVC cement
- · Schedule 40 PVC pipe, ½” or ¾” in diameter
- · Eight each 45º connectors
- · Six each T- connectors
- · Eight each four-way connectors
- · Four end caps or PVC caps with casters
- · Plywood, MDF or solid plastic sheets for shelving
- · Construction adhesive
- · Spring clamps
The size of the connectors should match the size of the pipe. While this may seem obvious, someone shopping quickly may not check each connector in the box at the DIY store. Some customers do not place items back in the same bin they took the items from.
To make the top, we’ll begin with one side at a time.
Line up the connectors on a table in the following order:
One 45º connector, one t-connector, one 45º connector, one t-connector, one 45º connector, one t-connector, and 45º connector.
Cut six pieces of pipe, each 8″ long. Connect the pieces together with the pipe. The 45º connectors at the ends should point straight down, and the T-connectors should point in one direction.
Make a second set and lay it down a short distance from the first set with the T-connectors pointed toward each other.
Cut three pieces of pipe, each 24″ long. Insert into the T-connectors.
Cut four pieces of pipe, each 8″ long. Insert into the four 45º connectors. Attach a four-way connector to the other end and adjust them to make corners.
Cut four pieces of pipe, each 14″ long and insert them into the end of the connectors. Attach the other four-way connectors to these pipes and adjust to make corners.
Cut four more pieces of pipe, each 12″ long and insert into the ends of the four-way connectors.
Cut four pieces of pipe, each 24″ long. Insert into the long sides of the four-way connectors.
Measure the distance between the four-way connectors on the narrow sides. Allow enough pipe to fit all the way into the connectors. The measurements should be the same.
Fit into the sides of the four-way connectors.
Fit end caps or caps with castors onto the legs.
Measure the height on both sides, and ensure each shelf measured diagonally matches. If not, adjust the pieces now.
If everything measures correctly, disassemble and cement together. Allow 24 hours for the cement to cure.
Measure the shelf space and allow for the corners. You can cut the corners out so the shelf sits comfortably on each PVC pipe. There should be no more than ¼” overhang on each side.
Apply construction adhesive to the pipes, insert the shelves into the piece sideways and turn to lay it down flat on the adhesive. Attach spring clamps and allow the adhesive to cure for 24 hours.
Remove the clamps and move the quilt rack into place. Place bedding or other items on the shelves.
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