How to Build a Wall-Mounted Clothes Drying Rack

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How to Build a Wall-Mounted Clothes Drying Rack
A wall-mounted drying rack is an alternative to traditional clotheslines. (Drying out image by HugoCCampos from Fotolia.com)

Drying clothes on a line or rack is not only environmentally friendly, it can save you money. If you don't have the space or like the look of a traditional clothesline, you might consider a drying rack. Wall-mounted drying racks conserve space because they fold up against the wall when not in use. Build one yourself with a few supplies and basic tools. Make one to fit into your space and match the overall style of the room.

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Things you need

  • 6 pine boards, 1-by-2-by-18-inch
  • 2 pine boards, 1-by-2-by-24-inch
  • 1 box finish nails
  • Hammer
  • Wood finish
  • Finish applicator
  • Hook and eye set
  • 2 hinges with screws
  • 2 eye hooks
  • Clothesline rope
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place two 1-by-2-by-18-inch pine boards parallel to each other on a work surface, approximately 24 inches apart. These are the sides of the rack.

  2. 2

    Place the 1-by-2-by-24-inch pine boards between the sides to form a box. These are the front and back boards of the rack.

  3. 3

    Drive two finish nails through each corner of the rack into the ends of the front and back. This is the rack frame assembly.

  4. 4

    Place the remaining 1-by-2-by-18-inch pine boards parallel to the sides between the front and back boards. Space them evenly, approximately 6 inches apart. These are the slats for hanging clothes on.

  5. 5

    Drive two nails per joint where the slats meet the front and back. Drive the nails through the front and back boards into the ends of the slats.

  6. 6

    Apply a wood finish to the rack assembly. Allow the finish to dry.

  7. 7

    Select a space on a wall to mount the rack. Space the hinges approximately 20 inches apart on the wall. Screw the hinges in place on the wall.

  8. 8

    Hold the rack in place against the wall. Center the rack with the hinges. Screw the hinges to the back of the rack.

  9. 9

    Fold the rack up. Screw an eye into one front corner of the rack assembly. Align the hook and screw it into the wall. Place the hook through the eye.

  10. 10

    Unhook and fold the rack down. Screw an eye hook into the opposite front corner of the hook and eye set. Fold the rack up and screw an eye hook into the wall at the height of the front board and align it with the hook that is on the rack.

  11. 11

    Thread the rope through the eye in the wall. Tie a knot in the end. Thread the rope through the eye in the front corner of the rack. Fold the rack down. Pull the rope until the rack is parallel to the floor. Tie a knot in the end. Cut the remaining rope off.

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