If you're looking for ways to save money, or working on shrinking your environmental footprint, air-drying your washing is a great place to start. Dryers, while they are handy, use a ton of energy to operate. Plus, you might own delicate clothes that aren't suited for aggressive machine drying. A clothes drying rack is a must-have asset for your laundry room - and bonus, you can make your own.
Prantik Banerjee has conceived of a product that needs to be made available to the mass market. It's a combo ironing board, step ladder and drying rack. It makes so much sense, I'm wondering why no one has thought of it before.
"There's a whole generation of kids growing up today who think a clothesline is a wrestling move,"
Dalton McGuinty, Ontario's Premier, (on lifting Ontario's clothesline ban.)
Clotheslines have a lot going for them, they're free, they make things smell nice, they don't use fossil fuels, you don't have to plumb or plug them in, you don't have to sit in a non-air conditioned laundry room guarding them so no one makes off with your...
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.
Tools and Materials:
Medium-gauge “dog” chain
Key clasps (4)
Key rings (8)
Medium eye bolts (4)
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.