February 6, 2020

We Made a Luggage Rack from Scratch to use for Multiple Purposes + Video


I figured since we have a third room to spare, it’d be like our 3-in-1 guest room kinda thing, including a place for extra storage + an office. There’s this little wall space between the closet and the window that would be the perfect little spot for…yep, you guessed it, a luggage rack. You see, since this room is kind of a 3-in-1 deal, I figured a luggage rack would be the perfect solution for even when we don’t have guests. It would hold a suitcase and some shoes for future guests but while we don’t have any guests, it’s the perfect printer solution! No random table or place on the floor needed for printer and paper. Clever, huh?! 



  • choice of wood (we used walnut)
  • 1 in. screws or nail gun
  • wood glue
  • circular saw
  • stain or paint (optional)
  • table saw
  • measuring tape
  • heavy duty adhesive tape (didn’t last long so check updated version below)
  • electric staple gun for the best support
  • faux leather or vinyl fabric 
  • template (scrap of board)
  • chisel (or flathead screwdriver)
  • sandpaper
  • Kreg pocket hole (if using screws)

updated** Heavy duty adhesive tape doesn’t work if you place heavy items onto the luggage rack as it will weaken overtime. We thought we could give it a try since we didn’t have an electric stapler but since the tape wasn’t sturdy enough, we used this stapler that we borrowed from Leo’s dad (a simple reupholstery stapler will not work- we tried that too). To reattach the fabric onto the stand, staple by pushing down firmly, 2x on each side of the fabric strips on top of the rack and every half of an inch on each side on the bottom shelf. That does it! See video below for reference.


1. Create Template

  • figure out height and width that you want the luggage rack to be (ours is 19.5 inches tall and 14.5 inches wide. The pieces that attach the two legs are 21.5 inches)
  • draw out the X that you’ll use as a template for your legs on a piece of board using the correct height and width of legs

2. Cut to Size

  • use a table saw to cut down your wood
  • cut one side of the luggage rack legs to size
  • use a circuar saw to cut both sides of the legs at a 10-15º angle to make it flat against the floor
  • place on your drawn out template if all matches up
  • if so, go ahead and cut the rest of the parts that you need for the luggage rack
  • for the shelves, cut the wood to width and length that you want the luggage rack to be – 2 sticks for top shelf and 2 sticks for bottom shelf

3. Create a Notch

  • place one leg of the luggage rack onto template and find where you have to create a notch
  • mark where the X will overlap
  • mark where half the thickness of the leg is – you’re basically cutting out a “C”
  • use a router or table saw 
  • if using a table saw, place at height where you need it to cut the “C” (as shown in video at 1:00)
  • cut through multiple times until you have the notch you need
  • chisel the notch to make even (1:07)
  • do the same for the rest of the pieces that make up the legs – just make sure 2 are cut on the opposite sides
  • or you can create a notch in just two pieces if you don’t want the legs to be flush (0.50)

4. Assemble

  • place wood glue in notches and place together to form the legs of the luggage rack
  • while that dries. take the pieces that attach to legs and create holes using a Kreg pocket hole on the inside of the luggage rack so that the screws will be hidden – if you will be painting, you can just use a nail gun that you nail from the outside to make things easier as you can hide it with wood filler
  • secure by using 1 inch screws (16 in total- 2 on each side)
  • the pieces that form the bottom shelf is 1.5 inches off the floor but place where you see better – or you don’t even need a bottom shelf!

5. Stain/Paint

  • sand down the assembled luggage rack 
  • dust off and stain with desired stain using the appropriate applicator (a lint free cloth or an old t-shirt will do)
  • or paint with choice of paint after you have filled the nail holes and sanded

6. Add Fabric

  • we used a vinyl fabric that we had leftover and it worked well
  • cut fabric to sizes you need by using a utility knife
  • for better support, use a electric staple gun to securely attach fabric from underneath where you placed adhesive tape (just adhesive tape sadly didn’t work for us for the long run so we had to reattach the fabric with stapler) 
  • cut off the hanging fabric, if any

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