This project started out of necessity. I have a lot of hats at home that never have a specific place to sit and not a lot of room in my bedroom due to being filled with climbing gear I needed something that would fit snugly in a corner and hold a lot of hats. Let the sketching begin. I didn’t want to use the standard hat rack that is bulky and ugly. They stand straight up, don’t look good, and have no aesthetic appeal. I would much prefer something that fits easily in a corner, looks nice, easy to move/break down since I move a lot, and hold hats. I think I accomplished that.
As you can see from the sketch it was a pretty simple design and that is the point. Originally I thought I would make the whole thing from PVC but that didn’t come to be the case.
We pitched our ideas to many classmates and teammates and got critique feedback. A team mate suggested that I make the hangers removable in case you want to add more hangers or remove something to set a laundry hamper in front of it or something. I thought that was a great idea. Figuring out how to accomplish that would’ve been difficult using only PVC but luckily wooden dowels are also readily available in garbage cans and reStore places as well. I found some 3/8ths inch wooden dowels back at my house and used these for the hangers which worked really well. I made a little jig next to a drill press to keep the angle of the holes all the same and drilled holes every 6 inches angled out at 30 degrees to make room for the hats.
As you can see I painted the hat rack black with multiple layers of paint and it looks very clean. It is able to break down and move easily I only had to glue two elbow joints to hold the angle of the rack.