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DIY Clothes Drying Rack: Folding Door-Mounted Drying Rack

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This post shares my DIY clothes drying rack, and bonus, it’s mounted to a wall and folds up!

DIY Clothes Drying Rack

Hey all! Today I’m sharing my last $100 Room Challenge project, and it’s one I’m pretty excited about.

100 makeover challenge // tiny laundry nook update

If you’re just joining me for this challenge, you can see my last three updates here:

tiny laundry nook makeover

Before pics, patching, & painting // Update #1

Open Shelving Using Stair Treads

Cheap DIY open shelving using stair treads // Update #2

Learn how to make a DIY ironing supplies shelf for cheap--the perfect way to organize your iron, ironing board, and any other ironing accessories.

DIY Ironing Supplies Shelf: Update #3

Okay, back to this week’s project. Have you ever started a project and thought to yourself, “yeah, this will be a good thing.” But then you finish it and are actually like, “wow, this actually looks pretty damn good.” That’s kind of how I feel about my door-mounted, pull-down drying rack with a sweater station. 🙂

We had a cheap plastic drying rack that could be collapsed for storage, and it was an awesome solution for many years. Then it broke, so I decided to DIY something to replace it. As you know by know, our laundry nook isn’t exactly a room, so I also wanted to make something that I could mount to the back of the laundry door. Oh, and I wanted it to match the light pine/black combo I now have going on in the laundry nook.

What do you think?

Today I'm sharing the build plans for the pull-down, door-mounted drying rack I made. Bonus: It has a spot for drying sweaters.

Here’s what I used:

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Lumber

Hardware

Tools

  • Drill
  • Miter saw
  • Orbital sander, I love mine
  • Kregjig and clamp

Miscellaneous

Cut list

  • (1) 4’x8′ sheet of plywood
  • (4) 21″ 1″x2″ pine
  • (2) 24″ 1″x2″ pine
  • (2) 22″ 1″x2″ pine
  • (3) 22″ 3/8″ dowels

I know, that’s kind of a scary big supply list, but this project wasn’t actually that difficult. It just too me a while—and admittedly a few trips back and forth to Lowe’s.

And here’s how I made my DIY clothes drying rack!

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PART 1: CONSTRUCT THE FRAMES

Step 1: I cut all pieces according to the cut list above. Use medium- and fine-grit sandpaper to polish each piece, paying extra attention to any splintery edges.

Pull-Down, Door-Mounted Drying Rack

Step 2: Use your tape measure and pencil to make ticks down the 24″ pieces to mark where the dowels will go. Use your drill and a drill bit that is about the same size as your dowels to drill holes where each of the marks are. Make sure you don’t drill all the way through!

Pull-Down, Door-Mounted Drying Rack

Step 3: Use your Kregjig to drill two pocket holes in each end of the 21″ 1×2 pieces. These are two attach the pieces. Use your drill and pocket hole screws to attach (2) of the 21″ pieces to (1) of the 24″ pieces like so.

Pull-Down, Door-Mounted Drying Rack
Pull-Down, Door-Mounted Drying Rack

Step 4: Dab a bit of wood glue into the dowel holes you drilled and pop the dowels in. If it’s a tight fit, you can use a rubber mallet to get them in there. Then use pocket hole screws to attach the other 24″ piece to complete this rack.

Pull-Down, Door-Mounted Drying Rack

Step 5: The hard part is over—the bottom rack for drying sweaters is easier! Using pocket hole screws, attach the (2) 24″ pieces to the (2) 22″ pieces to form a square.

Pull-Down, Door-Mounted Drying Rack

PART 2: PAINT AND STAIN

Step 1: Now that everything is assembled, it’s time to paint and stain. You’ll be working with all three pieces: the two racks you made in part 1, as well as the plywood backer.

If you haven’t already done so, sand your piece of plywood. Then clean it off and stain or paint it. I stained mine using Minwax Natural and two coats of polyurethane in semigloss. Here it is drying on the right.

Pull-Down, Door-Mounted Drying Rack

Step 2: Paint or stain your two racks. I chose to paint mine using Valspar black spray paint in gloss. I love the contrast of the black against the light pine!

Pull-Down, Door-Mounted Drying Rack

Pull-Down, Door-Mounted Drying Rack

PART 3: BUILD OUT THE ENTIRE RACK

Step 1: Attach the rack with dowels to the top of the plywood backing using (2) narrow hinges. Then, attach the sweater drying portion below it. The hinges are what will allow the racks to fold down and back up.

Top rack screwed into place:

Then use your drill and pocket hole screws to attach (2) of the 21" pieces to (1) of the 24" pieces like so:

Bottom screwed into place!

Step 2: To hold the racks in place when you fold them up, you can use picture-hanging strips or magnets. I originally purchased two sash locks to use but realized they wouldn’t work for the way I had constructed the piece. Then I used 3M picture-hanging strips for the top rack and magnets for the bottom.

I used Loctite on the backs of the picture-hanging strips and magnets to ensure they stayed put. The magnets also have a nifty little screw hole.

Then use your drill and pocket hole screws to attach (2) of the 21" pieces to (1) of the 24" pieces like so:
Then use your drill and pocket hole screws to attach (2) of the 21" pieces to (1) of the 24" pieces like so:
Then use your drill and pocket hole screws to attach (2) of the 21" pieces to (1) of the 24" pieces like so:

Step 3: To ensure that you’re not putting the full weight of the racks on the narrow hinges when you pull the racks down, you need to add a side support. I used some black powder-coated chain I had left over from my DIY hanging planters project. Just drill it into place using screws.

Then use your drill and pocket hole screws to attach (2) of the 21" pieces to (1) of the 24" pieces like so:

Construct the folding sweater station…

Step 4: Use fabric glue to glue a piece of tulle over the opening on the bottom sweater-drying portion of the rack. I used black tulle so it would blend in with the frame. The tulle will allow you to lay your sweaters or other delicate items out to dry while allowing them to get air from all sides.

Then use your drill and pocket hole screws to attach (2) of the 21" pieces to (1) of the 24" pieces like so:

Step 5: Last step—now we just need a way to hang this piece! Since I hung mine from a hollow core door, I couldn’t mount it directly to the door. FYI, drywall anchors won’t work, at least they won’t work on a door like mine.

Instead, I opted to hang it over the door. After some Googling, I found this nifty little door hanger from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft. I used a 60% off coupon and was able to bring it home for around $2. Perfect!

Then use your drill and pocket hole screws to attach (2) of the 21" pieces to (1) of the 24" pieces like so:

What do you think of the finished product? I love it and have already used it a few times! I love being able to fold up the racks and shut the door when I’m not using it.

Today I'm sharing the build plans for the pull-down, door-mounted drying rack I made. Bonus: It has a spot for drying sweaters.
Today I'm sharing the build plans for the pull-down, door-mounted drying rack I made. Bonus: It has a spot for drying sweaters.
Today I'm sharing the build plans for the pull-down, door-mounted drying rack I made. Bonus: It has a spot for drying sweaters.

And here’s my to-do list with a predicted/actual budget for each:

  • Remove wire shelving and bring to ReStore ($0)
  • Patch drywall ($0)
  • Paint walls and ceiling ($0)
  • DIY shelving—cut, stain, finish, and mount (Actual cost: $26.69 for lumber, $27.56 for brackets)
  • Iron board/iron hanger (Actual cost: $3.03)
  • DIY drying rack for sweaters/delicates (Actual: $32.99 for lumber, $10.52 for hinges, $2 for door hangers, $1 for tulle)
  • Misc room in the budget ($0)

Total money spent: $103.79

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Today I'm sharing the build plans for the pull-down, door-mounted drying rack I made. Bonus: It has a spot for drying sweaters.


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Iris Nacole

Wednesday 19th of April 2017

Brittany, this is awesome! I need to make one of these four our laundry room too! Our old one just broke about a month ago, and I have to admit, it was about the second time I had used it since hanging it up on the wall. Haha! Thanks for sharing this with us at The Creative Circle Link Party! I'll be featuring it on this week's post!

Lauren

Sunday 16th of April 2017

I love your drying rack! I'd love to add one to my home's laundry room! Great job.

Leanna

Saturday 15th of April 2017

Thank you thank you and thank you again. We needed a thorough tutorial of how to put one of these together. You helped me out immensely. We are about 80% finished a laundry room that we moved downstairs from a silly closet that didn't fit the modern washers. A rack and a shelf to hang the ironing board from are my two last wants. Pinning of course.

Have a wonderful week.

Brittany Goldwyn

Sunday 16th of April 2017

Awesome to hear, Leanna! Good luck finishing up the room!

Sammi Ricke

Sunday 9th of April 2017

I would love to do this in our new house! I don't think we have much room to hang clothes, so this idea is perfect and space saving. Thank you!!

Erin- Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

Friday 31st of March 2017

Love this DIY Brittany! The contrast between the black and light wood looks amazing! Cannot wait to see the full room reveal next week!

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