DIY Closet With PVC Pipe

Turn an unused alcove in your home into an extra closet space using PVC pipe as a do-it-yourself project.
Hang a curtain across the alcove opening using a PVC pipe as a curtain rod. Select a curtain for the divider that complements the existing room’s decor. Inside the closet, use PVC pipe as a closet rod to hang your clothes from on hangers. PVC is an ideal material for making a closet because it is affordable, lightweight and easy to clean. This plan calls for a 48-inch wide alcove and can be modified for your specific space.

Step 1

Measure and mark the 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe at 48 inches using a tape measure and pencil. Cut the 1 1/2 inch pipe in half at the pencil mark with a radial arm saw.

Step 2

Apply PVC primer onto the ends of the two 48 inch pipes and the inside edges of each pipe flange with the included applicator. Apply PVC cement in the same manner over the PVC primer. Slide one PVC pipe flange on each end of the two 48 inch pipes and press the pipe flanges against the pipe ends. The cement will bond the parts together immediately.

Step 3

Hold one pipe assembly across the top of the alcove opening. Place a level on top of the pipe. Adjust the assembly so that it is level.

Step 4

Drive wood screws through the mounting holes in the pipe flanges at each end of the pipe into the wall with a screw gun to fasten the assembly to the opening of the alcove.

Step 5

Slide a stud finder along the wall on each side of the inside of the alcove. Mark the location of the wall stud that is nearest the center of the depth of the alcove on each wall using a pencil.

Step 6

Position the remaining pipe assembly so that the ends are aligned with the stud markings. Adjust the position of the pipe so that it is level using the same procedure that you did in Step 3. Fasten the pipe to the wall studs at each end using the same procedure that you did in Step 4.

Step 7

Insert a curtain hook into each slot in the curtain and hang the curtain hooks over the pipe assembly that is installed across the opening of the alcove.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe, 96 inches long
  • Radial arm saw
  • PVC primer
  • PVC cement
  • 4 PVC pipe flanges, 1 1/2 inch diameter
  • Level
  • Box of wood screws
  • Screw gun
  • Stud finder
  • Package of curtain hooks
  • Curtain panel


  • Install two rods at different heights inside the closet to provide more effective organization for larger wardrobes.


  • Wear eye protection when operating power tools to help prevent possible injury.

About the Author

Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.