How to Make a Towel Organizer out of Extra PVC

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How to Make a Towel Organizer out of Extra PVC


If you have some extra PVC on hand, you can turn it into a towel rack in just a few minutes.  This is a great accessory for your shelter or bug-out location, and you can also apply the principles outlined here for other projects as well. 

Required Items

6 segments of PVC pipe that are at least 1” in diameter and 12” long

5 end caps

2 PVC mounting flanges

5 PVC “T” connectors

Getting Started

The first step is to determine how big you want the rack to be.  For this example, we’re working with pieces that are a foot long.  This includes the main support as well as the arms.  However, you can modify this to fit your needs based on the material that you have on hand, and you’re not limited to using the dimensions outlined here.  Cut the pieces to the appropriate lengths.

Attaching the Arms

Take the main piece that will serve as the vertical support, and slide on all of the T connectors.  Make sure that you are connecting them with the top portion of each T.  Attach both of the elbow joints to the support piece when finished to keep the T joints from falling off, but don’t glue them into place just yet.

Make sure that the support is long enough to accommodate all of the connectors, and that they each have free range of motion.  Don’t forget that the T connectors will take up an inch or two of space on the support, so you may need a longer piece to accommodate the number of arms that you want to install. 


The next step is to attach the arm pieces to the opening of each corresponding T connector.  Attach the end caps to each piece.  You should now have arms that swivel around the vertical support piece. 

Mounting the Unit


Determine where you want to mount the unit, and place one of the support flanges at the top.  Put a mark on the surface through each of the screw holes so you know where to attach the fitting later.  You can either repeat the same process for the bottom flange now or wait until you’ve attached the support piece.  It’s recommended that you install the support before attaching the bottom flange so that you can make adjustments as necessary without having to remove and adjust the assembly later.

Anchor the top flange in place with screws, and attach the elbow joint.  Put some epoxy on both ends of the joint and attach the support piece.  Hold everything together for a couple of seconds to allow the epoxy to set.  Secure the bottom elbow to the support piece with epoxy before attaching it to the bottom flange.  Mark the holes where the flange will be attached to the mounting surface and secure with screws.


All you need to do now is test to make sure the unit is attached properly and that the arms are moving freely.  Secure all of the connections with some epoxy, and you’re good to go.  While this trick may seem overly-simplistic, it’s important to remember that simplicity is key when we need to improvise in order to make good use of limited resources.