DIY Clothes Drying Rack.

My wife is short, and a high school teacher, so when we find school-appropriate clothes that actually fit, we keep ‘em as far from the dryer as possible. So, tired of having her wardrobe spread all over our living space while drying, I decided it was time for a drying rack. (Our back ‘patio’ has no space for a clothesline.) Problem is, commercially available drying racks may advertise 15 sq. ft of drying space, but that only works if you hang clothes on a single dowel; which works fine for socks, but no one wants a huge dowel line dried across their torso.

So, after a failed experiment with a PVC version on the floor of the hardware store, I came up with this model, using easily available materials. Since I wanted it to be able to store it when not in use, I attached key clasps for use by those hovering around the five feet mark.

It's not brilliant, but it works.

DIY Clothes Drying Rack.

Tools and Materials:

Wire Shelves
Medium-gauge “dog” chain
Key clasps (4)
Key rings (8)
Medium eye bolts (4)
PVC tape
Wire cutters
X-acto knife

1. Remove the rubber from the little nubs on the side of the shelves with the X-acto knife.
2. Cut the chain to length with the wire cutters, then slide a length over the exposed nub. Mix the epoxy, then apply it to the joint. (You could weld this, of course.) Wrap the PVC tape several times on the outside of the chain, so that the link cannot slip off.

3. Repeat the process for each corner of each shelf.

4. Attach the eye bolts to the ceiling, and then attach a key ring. Fix the top of the chain to the key ring. Snip the chain at a comfortable height, and attach a key ring and clasp.
5. Hang the unit from the clasp, and start the laundry. 


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megrockstar on Jun 23, 2007:

god, this is funny, i so need a new line. my crap I got at target and falls apart everythime i use it, its a joke!

jasimar on Jun 22, 2007:

How short is short?  I'm 4'11" and I dry my clothes on a line.  Funky creases everywhere.  I must give this a try.

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