Homemade Cabinet Door Drying Rack

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Homemade Cabinet Door Drying Rack
Kitchen cabinets are great places to hang dish towels to dry. (modern kitchen with cabinets image by redking from Fotolia.com)

To save space in a small kitchen, you can conceal wet dish towels in cabinets. Putting a simple bar in a cabinet will hide your wet towels as they dry unnoticed. For those who are energy conscious, installing a drying rack in a cabinet uses less energy than throwing wet towels in the dryer. Homemade drying racks can be made of wood or metal, but using wood eliminates any possibility of rust getting on your towels. Some drying racks fold out and require an open cabinet door, but that defeats the purpose of hiding them.

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Things you need

  • Wooden coat hanger
  • Pliers
  • Tape measure
  • 2 ct 1 inch 2-hole zinc-plated 12-gauge steel corner braces
  • Small bag of ½-inch wood screws
  • Bubble level
  • Carpenter pencil
  • Electric Drill

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  1. 1

    Find an old wooden coat hanger in your closet; with pliers pull out the wire hook at the top of the hanger. The "V" shape of the wooden hanger allows for two dish towels folded in half to dry side by side. Measure the wooden coat hanger from the bar across the bottom to the top of the "V". This is how much space you need in the cabinet to install the drying rack. The bar across the base of the wood coat hanger can stay or you can remove it. Do whatever you think is aesthetically pleasing.

  2. 2

    Select a cabinet in the kitchen to install the homemade drying rack. Make sure all stored products do not interfere with the drying rack when the cabinet door closes.

  3. 3

    Purchase 1-inch 2-hole zinc-plated 12-gauge steel corner braces at your local hardware store. See if the store sells them separately because you only need two braces. If not, they sells them in bags of 12 that cost less than £2. Purchase screws that are not longer than your cabinet door is thick, probably no more than ½ inch long.

  4. 4

    Draw a straight line the width of the hanger on the inside of the cabinet door 3 inches from the top. Use a carpenter pencil and a bubble level. Place the right angle of the bracket on the ends of the drawn line and insert the carpenter pencil into the hole on the bracket and draw a circle.

  5. 5

    Screw the bracket into the front of the wood hanger with an electric drill. Visualise that the base of the hanger will rest against the cabinet door and one side of the bracket also rests against the cabinet door. The front of the wood hanger rests on the top of the bracket that sticks out at a 90-degree angle.

  6. 6

    Set the wood hanger with the brackets attached on the inside of the door and align the hole with the circle mark you drew on the door when drawing the straight line. Screw the bracket into the door with an electric drill.

Tips and warnings

  • It is easier to install the drying rack if you remove the cabinet door from the cupboard first.
  • You may be working in a kitchen where there is water. Electrical equipment dropped in water can cause a person's death. Use extreme caution when working with electrical equipment near water.

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