Create a Wall Hanging Clothes Rack

Using an ENERGY STAR qualifyed clothes dryer will help lower your electricity bill — and benefit the environment as well.

But you can save even more by damp-drying your clothes. The indoor laundry rack shown here is made from FSC wood and painted with low-VOC paint. It works like a charm.

SEE ALL THE STEPS

  •  There are 16 steps to completing this project:
    Step 1  CUT TWO 1X3S 52" LONG
    Step 2  CUT TWO 1X3S 24-3/8" LONG
    Step 3  APPLY GLUE TO THE ENDS OF THE SIDES
    Step 4  CUT TWO 1X2S 50-1/4" LONG
    Step 5  MARK THESE PIECES AT 25-1/8"
    Step 6  CUT THREE 1X2S 22-1/2" LONG
    Step 7  STRAP THESE 3 BOARDS TOGETHER
    Step 8  APPLY GLUE TO THE ENDS
    Step 9  CUT THE DOWELS
    Step 10  FILL SCREW HOLES
    Step 11  PRIME, THEN PAINT
    Step 12  CUT THE PIANO HINGE
    Step 13  MOUNT THE MAGNETIC STOPS
    Step 14  SCREW ONE END OF THE CHAIN
    Step 15  IF YOU WANT TO HAVE MULTIPLE STOPS
    Step 16  ATTACH TO THE WALL
MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED

  • ½" Dowels
    Piano Hinge
    1x3s
    1x2s
    Interior Primer
    Metal Chain
    Magnet Door Stops
    Interior Paint
    Wood Glue
    Elbow Brackets
    Wall Plugs
    #8 1¾" Wood Screws
    #10½" Wood Screws
    Wood Filler
    Sandpaper
TOOLS YOU WILL NEED

  • Compound Mitre Saw
    Drill Bit
    Tape Measure
    Caulking Gun
    Paintbrush
    Sanders & Grinders

1  CUT TWO 1X3S 52" LONG


These will be the top and bottom of the outside frame. Drill 2 pilot holes through the face of each board at both ends.


2  CUT TWO 1X3S 24-3/8" LONG


These will be the sides of the outside frame.


3  APPLY GLUE TO THE ENDS OF THE SIDES


Apply glue to the ends of the sides and create a rectangle by drilling through the face of the top and bottom pieces into the side pieces. Wipe away any excess glue and make sure the rectangle is square. Set aside and let the glue dry.


4  CUT TWO 1X2S 50-1/4" LONG


These will be the top and bottom of the inner frame. Drill 1 pilot hole through the face of each board at both ends.


5  MARK THESE PIECES AT 25-1/8"


Mark these pieces at 25-1/8" and drill 1 pilot hole. This will be where the centre piece will go.


6  CUT THREE 1X2S 22-1/2" LONG


These will be the sides and middle support pieces.


7  STRAP THESE 3 BOARDS TOGETHER


Strap these 3 boards together and mark lines at 1-7/8" and then every 3-3/4" along the entire length. These lines indicate where the dowels will be inserted. Mark the centre of each line and drill through the top 2 boards, but only halfway through the bottom board.


8  APPLY GLUE TO THE ENDS


Apply glue to the ends of these 3 pieces and line them up inside the top and bottom pieces. Make sure the piece that has the holes that were only halfway through is on the end with the holes facing inwards. Drill through the face of the top and bottom pieces into the side pieces. Wipe away any excess glue and make sure the rectangle is square. Set aside and let the glue dry.


9  CUT THE DOWELS


Cut the dowels to 51-5/8" and slide them in through the side. Stop when you are 1/2" from the end and apply glue to the dowels so when you push the dowel completely in, the glue will be in the joint. Let the glue dry.


10  FILL SCREW HOLES


Fill screw holes and gaps with wood filler, let dry, then sand. Do this for both frames.


11  PRIME, THEN PAINT


Do this for both frames.


12  CUT THE PIANO HINGE


50" long and attach to the inner frame using ½" screws. Then line up the hinge on the outer frame so when the inner frame is up, it is flush with the face of the outer frame, and attach with ½" screws.


13  MOUNT THE MAGNETIC STOPS


Mount the magnetic stops on the outer frame so the inner frame stops flush with the outer frame.


14  SCREW ONE END OF THE CHAIN


Screw one end of the chain to the outer frame 1" from the upper left corner towards the back of the frame, then cut the chain, so when the inner frame is perpendicular to the outer frame the chain is tight. Screw the chain to the inner frame. Repeat on the other side.


15  IF YOU WANT TO HAVE MULTIPLE STOPS


If you want to have multiple stops for the inner frame, place additional screws between the 2nd and 3rd dowels from the bottom and loop the chain underneath them.


16  ATTACH TO THE WALL


Attach to the wall with L brackets and wall plugs.


What You Need for This Project