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How to Make a Simple Walking Stick and Umbrella Rack

I work on DIY projects around my home, and I aim to create space-saving ideas while saving costs on materials by recycling.

My finished umbrella and walking stick rack.

My finished umbrella and walking stick rack.

Although my wife may not need a walking stick all the time, it is useful to have one on hand in the event we plan a day trip—just for a bit of support if we are likely to be on our feet for long periods.

We do have a modern foldaway walking stick stowed away in the car for emergencies, but the more traditional walking sticks, which we have inherited over the years, are far more comfortable to use. With this in mind, I decided to utilise some spare space in our porch between our potted plant and the cupboard during recent renovations. As a stickler for not liking wasted space and always looking for ways to utilise it, I thought that using this space specifically for walking sticks was an ideal solution. And by doing so, it also provided a useful place to keep the odd brolly or two. If we did use umbrellas more frequently after making the walking stick rack, I would have added a couple of cup hooks on the end to hang them.

This is a simple project that takes less than an hour and only requires a few bits of scrap wood, so it need not cost anything make. All photos here were taken by me during the making of this simple, yet effective, walking stick rack.

How to Build a Walking Stick Rack

If you follow these simple steps, you can make your own umbrella or walking stick rack in no time:

Time required: 1 Hour

Difficulty: Easy

Cost: $0


  • 2 x 3/4 inch (18 mm) thick timber, 2 inches (50 mm) wide by 4 inches (100 mm) long
  • 3/4 inch (18 mm) dowel rod, length of proposed rack


  • Electric drill
  • Forstner bit
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Drill driver bit or screwdriver
  • 4 x 2 inch (50mm) screws
  • Handsaw


Find Wood and a Rod

Start by finding a bit of scrap wood to make a couple of end brackets. Just about anything would do: a bit of skirting board, a piece of 1-inch by 2-inch timber, an old floorboard which you can cut a couple of small bits of wood from, etc.

You will also need some kind of rod. I used a bit of rod from an old towel rail, which became spare when recently we renovated our shower room. You could even use a thick piece of dowel or even a piece of copper pipe.


Preparing Brackets

The optimum gap seems to be about 2.5 inches, so unless you intend to fix the brackets around something (as I did for the front bracket), brackets about four inches long should be more than sufficient. The wood I used for my brackets were offcuts from an old bookcase, which I then cut to the required width and length for this project and then quickly rounded the edges off with a sander. The offcuts I used had a decorative routed edge to it, which I opted to keep as a feature for the new brackets.

Having prepared your brackets, cut a hole at the end of each one to the same diameter as the rod. If the bracket is to be butted against a wall, you can cut right through. Otherwise, you should only cut part way through, (e.g., between halfway and three-quarters of the way through the wood). For this, you will need to use a Forstner bit (as shown in the photo) rather than a hole drill or hole saw bit.


Making a Backplate (If Needed)

As I was fixing one bracket to a back wall and the other bracket overlapping the front wall of the cupboard in the porch (as shown in the next photo), I noticed they were of different lengths. Therefore, I did not need a wooden backplate to fix the brackets. However, if you intend to fix the walking stick rack to a wall in the manner that a towel rail would be screwed to the wall over a radiator in the bathroom, then you would also need a backplate to fix the side brackets too.

In this case, the backplate would just be a piece of timber longer than the rod, plus double the thickness of the two brackets. The brackets would then be glued and screwed to the backplate when fitting the rod, and the backplate would subsequently be screwed securely to the wall.


Potential Modifications

Once made, just simply screw your rack firmly to the wall. The rack is not limited to keeping walking sticks together; it is also useful for keeping umbrellas, of any type, tidy. The big ones can be stored like the walking sticks. Smaller gents' brollies with handles will hook over the rod, and ladies' folding brollies with hanging loops would easily hang from cup hooks if you added a couple to one of the side brackets. In other words, modify this simple design to suit your requirements.


No Cost: Recycle Materials For DIY Projects

In this simple DIY how-to project, I recycled scrap wood to make something quick and simple at no expense. At the bottom of the page, I would be interested to hear your views and tips on recycling and repurposing old materials (rather than buying new) for DIY projects and crafts.

Renovated porch.

Renovated porch.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Arthur Russ


Arthur Russ (author) from England on June 16, 2017:

Thanks all for your feedback and comments; all of which as usually is greatly appreciated.

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on March 27, 2014:

Great idea for a How-To lens. Thanks for laying it out so well that even I could do it! It's a handy and simple way to keep them. Love it!

AnonymousC831 from Kentucky on March 25, 2014:

Great lens, I enjoy all your DIY projects.

Fay Favored from USA on March 19, 2014:

That was a clever idea and good use of space. Nicely done. You're a kind husband :)

IanTease on March 19, 2014:

A really nice and simple idea. I reckon all the materials can be found in scrap piles quite easily so it should be really cheap for me to do. Great lens

puppy-love on March 18, 2014:

simple and practical, thank you for the instructions and photos

VspaBotanicals on March 11, 2014:

I love DIY projects and this one is wonderful!