5 Easy steps to build a space-saving wall-mounted drying rack for your laundry

Build a space-saving wall-mounted drying rack for your laundry
Build a space-saving wall-mounted drying rack for your laundry

Not enough space for drying all the laundry? It’s frustrating when you do the laundry and there’s not enough space for drying them. This can often be the case in smaller homes or apartments. One solution is to invest in a clothesline or drying rack.

Then make a DIY wall-mounted drying rack! This will give you a dedicated space for drying your clothes and can help to prevent them from getting wrinkled.

Some clothes are not meant to be put in the dryer and it’s not always convenient to hang them outside! Sure there are lots of drying racks available. But they take up floor space and need a home when they’re not being used! A wall-mounted drying rack is a much nicer solution 🙂

Wall Mounted Drying Rack

You can buy new materials for this project but a much cheaper and simpler solution is to upcycle a playpen or crib! One way to save money on your next home improvement project is to upcycle existing materials, like an old playpen or crib.

With a little bit of creativity, you can transform these items into something new and unique. Not to mention, it’s a great way to be eco-friendly and recycle materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. It’s an easy and inexpensive solution you can accomplish easily over the weekend.

Do you need this wall-mounted drying rack in your laundry area?

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You’ll need these materials:

  • 2 x 2’ Precut Birch (1/2 inch thick)
  • 2 pcs 1/2 x 2” Poplar Boards
  • 4 – 6 pcs 3/8” Dowel Rods (48” long)
  • Sash Lock
  • Narrow Loose Pin Hinges (set of two)
  • D Ring Hangers (for mounting on the wall)
  • Bracketed Hinge for side (or chain with small screw eyes)
  • 3 pcs White Porcelain Knobs
  • Primer and Paint of choice
  • Wood Filler

And these tools:

  • Drill
  • Paintbrush
  • Saw
  • Mallet
  • Hammer


To begin, you will need a frame that will serve as support for your drying rack. For this wall-mounted drying rack project, we will be using a 2 x 2′ Precut Birch (1/2 inch thick). You will need to attach this piece to the wall later on in the project.

Now that you have your dowel and your 1/2 x 2” Poplar Boards, it’s time to attach them together. To do this, you’ll need to drill holes in each of the Poplar Boards, using a drill bit that is the same diameter as the dowel. Once you have your holes drilled, simply insert the dowel into the holes and voila! You should now have a sturdy, professional-looking drying rack.

Then, we have to connect the drying rack to the frame together. To do this, we will use narrow loose pin hinges (set of two) on one side of your dry rack and frame. You can use nails to attach the hinges but screws are better. Make sure the screws are long enough to go through the drying rack, the frame, and into the wall studs. Once the screws are in place, you can open and close the drying rack as needed.

To ensure your wall-mounted drying rack doesn’t drop down and break when opened, you’ll need to attach bracketed hinges on both sides of the drying rack and the wall. The rack should be able to open at an angle of 30 to 90 degrees from the frame, which will provide adequate support and stability. Other than bracketed hinges, you can also use chains with small screw eyes for this process.

We now have the complete wall-mounted drying rack. To attach them to the wall, use the appropriate screws and wall plugs for the chosen location. You can also opt to paint the rack to blend into your walls before attaching them to the wall.

Well, as easy as that! Would you also like to have a wall-mounted drying rack added to your laundry room?

Thanks to Centsational Girl for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here



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