I agree, portable Garment Rack GAR-01121 can be flimsy and wobbly, but I bought it despite the negative review and I have given it 4 stars. One reason is that this item cost only $22.69, so I didn’t have great expectations, given the low price. Walmart offers it for $6.20 less, an even better deal. Secondly, at times I look for items that are good for other applications. I have been looking for room dividers, and discovered that there are several good deals at UrbanAccentsNY.com, where they range in price from $59 to a few hundred dollars and can cost a couple of hundred to thousands at other websites. When I saw two Honey Can Do garment racks that are over 5ft. and cost less than $30 each at Home Depot, I thought they would make excellent room dividers, and they have wheels, an added bonus. So, I purchased a second unit along with this one for $26.64, which is slightly different and I wanted to see how the two compare side by side because I can think of other uses for them. To convert them into room dividers, I can use sheer or solid curtains, including shower curtains, or sheets with nice colors or designs. I also have the option of fortifying the racks by mounting one of the beautiful cardboard dividers from Urban Accents and converting the artsy cardboards into wheeled dividers. I also plan to use the smaller rack to eliminate a glare that I get through my awkwardly designed glass terrace door until I find the right opaque appliqué for that door. Now that I know how easy these racks assemble, I have a third use for them: convert one into a bulletin board for work. As an actual garment rack, this is more convenient than reaching things inside a closet, but I doubt that it's sturdy or durable enough for its actual purpose, but I think it's excellent for the other applications. Prior to developing crippling arthritis, I know I could have assembled this rack in about fifteen minutes or as little as ten; that’s how easy it is to put together, whether you follow the detailed instructions or not. Because of the arthritis, I needed a rubber mallet and pliers, but an individual with good hands can assemble this unit without tools. To make it sturdier, however, you might want to keep some type of material that you can insert or apply wherever the connections meet. I suggest any of these: Teflon tape, glue, rubber cement, plumbers’ dope, toothpaste (it hardens like glue when dry#, or a thin cloth #such as nylon#; any of these items will give the connections an added grip. The Teflon tape or nylon cloth, unlike the adhesives, will allow you to easily disassemble the unit when you need to do so. If you’re extra industrious, you might consider a couple of brackets where the plastic bases join each of the two bottom tubes. Yes; the base is plastic, which probably translates into poor durability, so I’ll handle it with TLC. In addition to the plastic base, my other gripe is the knob on each of the tubes that connects to the pair of base pipes. If you’re familiar with a Swiffer handle assembly, where you have to press little knobs #or notches) as you insert one tube into another, the assembly of this garment rack is similar to the Swiffer at those two points. That’s when my arthritic hands needed the pliers because my fingers no longer have the strength to push anything. I would have preferred a couple of screws and nuts instead of forcing items together. That being said, the plastic base and notches are why I’ve given the rack only four stars. Give me a metal base with a couple of braces, replace the notches with screws, and charge extra for the added improvements and the manufacturer would make me a more happy customer.
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