Tubetinkers, do you know how heavy wedding dresses are?
Katia, the owner of an amazing thrift store called Boutique Mari-Katia located in Sherbrooke, Canada, knows. She knows because a branch of her store specializes in wedding dresses -both new and second-hand-!
Building a heavy-duty custom clothing rack to handle and easily move heavy wedding dresses
For a long time, every time one of her brides-to-be customers embarked on her wedding journey, Katia did the same thing:
- She helped her customer choose the right dress;
- She carried the dress to the fitting room, which is located at the far end of the store;
- She helped the bride-to-be get in the dress, adjust it, take it off… and try the next one!
That’s a lot of dress handling, if you ask me. So Katia started to look for options to help her carry the dresses from one room to the other, without using her arms as much. She tried many different clothing racks on wheels, but they were either too light, too low or the wheels were not rolling right.
After a quick search for customizable options, she decided to create her own dress rack on heavy-duty casters, with tinktube’ pipes and fittings!
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Designing your custom retail clothing rack
One of her friends was very familiar with the tubular system, so he drafted a plan specifically to designed fit her exact needs. Katia and her friend talked together and figured out a way to come up with the best version possible for her clothing rack :
- They made the rack high enough so the dresses did not graze the floor;
- They made the base wide enough to ensure the rack would always be stable even with the weight of the dresses piling up on it, but not so wide so it couldn’t be rolled around easily in a very crowded clothing store environment;
- They chose the right fittings to make sure the structure stayed sturdy enough.
- They picked heavy-duty swivel casters to enhance the fluidity of the rolling around.
Would it be cheesy to say that from then on, Katia knew she had found the one? The clothing rack that would support her and help her carry her load -of dresses-, for better or for worse?
Probably! It’s not the kind of racks that run the streets…
Pom, pom, pompom… pom, pom, pompommmmm.