Creative things to use as a magazine rack include a ladder, a towel bar, a pants hanger and window shutters. Most work best with the magazine draped over the bar portion of the hanger.
Repurpose an old stepladder into a magazine rack by removing the back legs and hanging it on the walls. Hang the magazines over the dowels that once kept the ladder legs apart. If the ladder is still intact, create a freestanding rack by facing the round rungs toward the room for magazine display and placing a potted plant on each of the flat steps.
Hang towel bars horizontally about 10 inches apart, and use them to hang the periodicals. A second option is to place a thin shelf with a slight lip on the front top under a towel bar. Arrange the magazines upright on the shelf, and the bar prevents them from falling.
Create a new life for an old metal hanger that has room for four to six pairs of pants. Place an over-the-door hook on the bathroom door to hold the hanger. Slip the magazines over the horizontal bars.
Find an old window shutter with at least 12-inch horizontal louvers, and paint it to match the décor. Once it dries, use the louvers to display the periodicals. A single panel of a louvered bifold door works similarly.