Upcycling Project Update

In my last blog post, I left off with a good sense for what I wanted to do for my project. This was to develop a better gear storage rack in my closet, with a rural/ industrial aesthetic. I had brainstormed on a few material ideas, including metal piping, and chain-link fence. Thinking more about it, I decided to start with chain link fencing to see how gear would store on it. I tried clipping a few carabiners to pipes in my crawl space to see how that would work, and decided that chain link fence would be a much better option than piping.


Since this decision point, I went and visited a couple of junk yards down valley of my home, and found some chain link fence. I plan to start bending it and working with it this week to see how it goes. It’s very stiff material and I think there’s a good chance I’ll have some trouble with getting a bend, and don’t think this can be put in a bender as it will damage the bender. I’m going to try pliers and a few other methods for bending, and hopefully can figure something else out. Otherwise I’ll look towards other fencing materials.

I’ll also need to find a method for fastening the chain link to my closet door. I’ve been thinking that screwing it in would be the most secure, so perhaps some sort of sheet metal plate over the chain link or similar. I’ll need to source this as well either making them myself or finding them in another upcycled way.

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  • Aryan Gandhi
    March 4, 2023 9:30 pm

    Your idea for a gear storage rack using chain link fence is really creative, and I love the rural/industrial aesthetic you’re going for.

    It’s great that you’ve been able to find some chain link fence at local junk yards – that’s definitely the first step in any upcycling project! I can imagine that working with such a stiff material could be a challenge, but I’m sure you’ll figure out a way to bend it to your will. It sounds like you’re thinking through your options carefully and considering different methods for bending the material, which is always a good approach.

  • Peter Jakubczak
    February 18, 2023 2:41 pm


    I love that you went to a junk yard and found some material that is effective for your project. Have you decided how large you want to make this “storage”? I could imagine you want it pretty big, but if you are having trouble bending it, a smaller scale version of this could be helpful.


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