20 DIY Magazine Rack Projects

Isn’t it annoying to always find magazines and newspapers all over the place, on the table, on the chair, even in the kitchen? You could easily solve that problem if you had a magazine rack where you could just store them all. Magazine racks come in all sorts of designs and there are also lots of DIY projects you can try. Here are some great examples.

Modern magazine rack diy.

To make this one you’ll need a 2x3x96″ stud, 14’ of electrical wire, 4 3’’ screws, two shades of paint, sandpaper, galvanized plumber’s tape as well as a saw, a drill and a ruler. Measure and cut the stud into pieces and then pre-drill the holes. Screw the sides together and measure the middle. Then make the holes and paint the rack. Then add the cord and it’s all done.{found on abeautifulmess}.

Metal pockets.

For this project you’ll need a metal sheet, a canvas and some thread. The idea is to create pockets for magazines and folders. The metal is strong enough to hold them but it’s not for books so be careful. You can also add color and decorate the rack in any way you want.{found on ourfifthhouse}.

Hanger magazine rack.

This can be both a magazine rack and a book rack. To make it you’ll need a wire hanger and a nail. Bend the legs of the hanger and straighten out the sides. Bed the two corners into the base and then fold the wire hanger in half. Hang it on the wall and you’re done.{found on dailycal}.

From cardboard.

To make this magazine rack you’ll first need to find a medium to small size cardboard box. Get some scissors and wrapping paper as well. Then cut off one of the narrower sides of the box. Tape up the bottom of the box and reinforce all the sides with clear tape. Cut out the top open flaps. Then cut along each side diagonally. Choose the wrapping and get to work. Then you can also add a layer of clear gloss varnish.{found on instructables}.

Recycle plastic bottles.

This is a more unusual magazine rack and to make it you’ll need a few empty glass or plastic bottles. The idea is to cut out the top portion of the bottles and to make sure they’re at the same level. Then attach them vertically and you’ll get a magazine rack with individual compartments.{found on site}.


This is an antique magazine holder turned into a lovely magazine rack. It got a makeover and a lovely new look. First it got a fresh coat of paint, this time a light blue/green shade. Then a distressed look was created. You can use sandpaper for that. Keep your eyes opened and if you find something similar make sure to take it home.{found on elassmiles}.

Pallet side.

This lovely piece is a side table and also a magazine rack. It could also be used as a nightstand so it’s actually a multi-purpose piece of furniture. You can easily make something similar out of a wooden pallet. You have to take it apart and use the pieces to make this layered structure.{found on diycozyhome}.

Vertical magazine rack.

To make a magazine rack similar to this one you’ll need some wood and industrial hardware. Cut the wood into pieces of the desired size and then use wood flue and a nail gun to secure the four pieces together. Then the rack should be assembled. Sand it down and apply a coat of stain. Use cord or wire for the final part of the project.{found on site}.

Old ladder.

This magazine rack is actually a ladder and it’s a great example of how you can repurpose items. The ladder stands vertically against the wall and has a nice weathered charm. It also makes an interesting accessory for the room. You can place it in the bedroom, living room, kitchen and anywhere else you want.{found on posiesandplume}.

Rack with leather straps.

For this beautiful project you’ll need a 5/8″ wide hardwood dowel, a hardwood board, leather straps, heavy waxed thread and 1.5″ x 2″ brass rectangular rings. You’ll also need a saw, a drill press, a drill, a lather hole punch and a leather needle. Cut the wood pieces and drill holes for the dowels. Pair up the pieces and secure them together. Then test-assemble everything and draw a line on the feet to indicate where the legs need to be cut flush to the ground. Cut the leather straps, punch the holes and sew up the pieces. Then slide them onto the dowel pieces.

Towels rack + magazine rack.

Here’s how you can make an elegant magazine rack from a wooden pallet. First lay the pallet upside down. Cut directly next to the center wood beam with a saw. Take the nails off of the front beam from the other half of the pallet. Then take that beam and nail it to the bottom of the rack. Sand down all the rough areas and stain the wood. Add decorative knobs if you want.{found on diyconfessions}.

Magazine Racket.

In case you didn’t notice, you can make magazine racks from almost anything, even tennis rackets. For this project, for example, you need two vintage tennis rackets with brackets, a wooden crate and something for the table top if you want one. Stain the tennis brackets and the wooden crate and use nails to keep them together.{found on salvagedspaces}.

Bicycle tires.

To make this magazine rack you’ll have to use bicycle tires. The frame is made of wood and the design of the rack is very simple. Still, it requires time and effort, especially for making the holes and attaching the tubes. It’s a great recycling project.{found on curbly}.

Crate magazine holder.

Here we have another lovely magazine rack. This one is made from an old wooden crate with a nice vintage look. The crate can be stained if you want to give it a fresh look. Then you just have to attach the wheels to the base of the crate and there you have it: a mobile magazine rack.{found on lovevly}.

Black rack.

This one is another wooden pallet project. It’s a magazine rack for the bathroom but it could also be place in any other room. You just need a pallet and some stain. Cut the pallet in half or to any other size you want, remove a beam and attach to the portion you have chosen for the magazine rack. Then stain it and mount it on the wall.{found on site}.

Elegant one.

This elegant magazine rack was made out of shelving brackets. Yu can paint it any color you want and you can also add as many compartments as you want. The size is perfect in this image. You get to store your magazines beautifully and to even organize them into categories.{found on curbly}.

Skateboard magazine.

This magazine rack is definitely unique. It’s made out of three skateboards. The decks are combined with four thread rods and the rack is hanging down from the ceiling. You can use translucent fishing wire for this. It’s definitely something fun to have in your home, especially if you’re a skateboarder.{found on recycleart}.


This is actually a magazine rack makeover project. The rack was functional but seems a little outdated. So a fresh coat of paint and some new fabric were used to give it a new look. It’s now beautiful and chic again and it could successfully be placed in any room of the house.{found on uncleowly}.

Hangers rack.

A great idea for a magazine rack would be to use clothes hangers. First you have to remove the metal hooks and sand down the hangers. Apply glue to keep the two brackets together and add nails to make sure everything is secure. Then use fabric to make the pocket. You can use any color and pattern you want.{found on blog}.

Back in time.

This was actually a magazine rack from the 70s. It wasn’t in great shape so it had to be cleaned and sanded. Then, when it was dry, a fresh coat of spray paint was applied. It’s now colorful and makes a nice addition to the living room, especially on that striped rug. It’s a nice example of how you can re-use old items and give them a new look.{found on aticosinascensor}.

Published by in DIY Projects, on March 20th, 2013


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