Main Project Inspirations: Tie and Belt Rack

After juggling a few different ideas for my final project, I think I’ve settled on building a custom tie and belt rack. I knew that I wanted to create something functional for my main project so that I would be motivated to invest more time into creating something better than my upcycle project.

While putting clothes away, I realized that I had both my ties and my belts laying all around my room with nowhere to store them. I dismissed the idea at first because it does’t have a major dynamic aspect but after doing some research, I found that I could in corporate some interesting features to make it dynamic. Below are a couple images showing options for dynamic tie racks.


I think both of these ideas are very interesting. In the first, the rack spins whereas the second slides back and forth. A third option could be to have the entire rack itself, slide out from behind coat hangers or something that.

As far as the aesthetic goes, I haven’t settled on a theme but I do like the look of wood better than metal. Makes the final product feel more homemade and there is the possibility for using the lazer cutter to add lettering or designs to the wood exterior. I’ll have to do some more research into both functional design and aesthetic design but I’m excited to get started.


( Spinning Tie Rack. 2016.

(Amy 2012. Kansas City Closet Company.

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  • Benjamin Fried
    March 6, 2017 7:40 am

    Great idea. This could even be something you could market or sell if it comes out well enough. Have you thought about the idea of putting a motor in it so it has an electronic belt, one like you see in a dry cleaners. It could be neat to do one on a smaller scale, possibly powered by batteries.

    You should also think about how to mount it, so that you can easily remove it when you move. What about a mount that goes on the back of a door, something that could easily slide off.

  • Ridhvik Gopal
    March 5, 2017 9:00 pm

    This is a great direction in both aesthetics and industrial design. There are a number of ways you can go with the aesthetic. Additionally, you would have a great functional piece of art! Kudos!
    What is your process of choosing an aesthetic?

  • Emily Pearson
    March 5, 2017 3:00 pm

    I think a tie and belt rack is a great idea! Especially since you will be graduating and entering the adult world soon, this will definitely help keep the ties nice and unwrinkled. I am excited to see what becomes of this!


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