How to Build a Towel Rack for Your Pool or Hot Tub

How to Build a Pool Towel Rack for less than $35!

How to build your own PVC Towel Rack... just in time for summer! Perfect for pools and hot tubs!

We have had amazing spring weather so we thought it would be fun to make a towel rack.  After picking up what seemed to be an endless pile of wet, soggy towels last year I knew something had to change for this summer.  This PVC Pool Towel Rack is just the answer to keep towels organized and dry in between the trips in and out of the pool. If you buy this at the store you will pay well over $100.  I decided to make my own and share it with you to help you keep your summer fun frugal!

Supplies Needed:

Step 1: Sand down Markings on PVC Pipe

  • This is not necessary, but make the finished piece look nicer. So, taking an extra 1/2 hour to sand it off is well worth it!
  • Get the kids involved and have them help to cut down on the time for this step!

How to build your own PVC Towel Rack... just in time for summer! Perfect for pools and hot tubs!

Step 2: Cut down to sizes needed.

  • Cut down and label the following pieces:
    • (2) 3″
    • (2) 6″
    • (8 ) 7″
    • (9) 32″
    • (2) 34″
    • (4) 42″

How to build your own PVC Towel Rack... just in time for summer! Perfect for pools and hot tubs!

Step 3: Assemble the bottom section of the rack

  • Use (2) 42″ pieces and (2) 32″ pieces and make a rectangle with (4) of the 3-way T connectors.
  • On the back end of the rectangle put in (2) 42″ pieces of the vertical slot of the 3-way T connector.
  • On the front end of the rectangle put in (2) 34″ pieces of the vertical slot of 3-way T connector.

How to build your own PVC Towel Rack... just in time for summer! Perfect for pools and hot tubs!

Step 4: Tape/Cement the joints and then fill with gravel/sand

  • These are both optional, and I did not do anything to secure the joints of the rack at this point, but if you are wanting to make the structure permanent this is a good option.
  • I filled the vertical pieces with small gravel to help weigh down the rack.
  • This was a fun part for my kids to help out with…but I suggest using a funnel if you don’t want a sand or gravel pile in the yard. 🙂

How to build your own PVC Towel Rack... just in time for summer! Perfect for pools and hot tubs!

Step 5: Assemble the towel & toy storage portion of the rack. 

  • Connect (10) T Connectors and (5) of the 32″ pieces. (One of the assembled pieces is missing in the picture.)

How to build your own PVC Towel Rack... just in time for summer! Perfect for pools and hot tubs!

  • Connect (4) of the 3-way T connector to (2) of the 32″ pieces to use as the front and back.
  • Connect the assembled portions mentioned above with 7″ pieces starting with the front of the rack and working your way to the back.
  • Then, to create the toy storage portion of the rack, connect the 3″ piece, followed by the T Connector portion, and then finally connect the 6″ piece to the back portion 3-way T connector cross piece.                                              Here is a detailed look at the final assembled top portion:

How to build your own PVC Towel Rack... just in time for summer! Perfect for pools and hot tubs!

Step 6: Secure all of the pieces together, and you’re done!

  • Overall, since I already had the tools needed, this project cost me just under $31. I am eager to start using it for pool noodles, to hang life jackets on, and dry out our towels!

How to build your own PVC Towel Rack... just in time for summer! Perfect for pools and hot tubs!

 

Options for Modifications: 

  • Use 1 or 1 1/2″ pipe and connectors. It runs more expensive for the parts, but will be even more sturdy. (Once weighted down, the one I made was more than enough to hold 5 towels.
  • Add another leg in the middle of the rack to provide more support if you notice drooping. To do this you will need (2) T connectors, and (2) 38″ leg pieces. Cut down the 42″ lengths to 20.5″ pieces (to accommodate the T connector), and add in the T-connector.

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