A Drying Rack to Die For

Drying rack made by blogger
Image: Laura from "Inspiration for Moms"

Ever think your sterile, messy laundry room could be a cozy, welcoming place? This DIY drying rack adds a touch of personality.

My own laundry room is where beauty and creativity go to die — it’s blinding white, a hodgepodge of buckets and cleaning products, and barely big enough to store a couple of hampers.

That's why I’m doing backflips over "Inspiration For Moms'" tutorial on how to make a wall-mounted drying rack.

Take a look at this beauty, which could solve your clothes-drying problems and save energy, too. Laura (the blogger) designed it herself and built it for only $55.

I’m sooooo jealous!

Wall mounted drying rack
Image: Laura from "Inspiration for Moms"

How She Did It

The 24-by-41-inch drying rack is made of birch boards, dowel rods, and magnets. Bead-board wallpaper adds a classy touch (if you don’t want to mess with wallpaper and glue, use peel-and-stick wallpaper instead). 

Laura constructed the rack in a few easy steps. She spray-painted the finished product, attached D-rings to the back, and hung it on the wall. 

She bought some letters at a crafts store and glued the word “LAUNDRY” to a board, and glued the board to the top of the rack -- a nice topper for a sweet project.

More Laundry Room Upgrades

The drying rack is just one cool touch among many in Laura’s redesigned laundry room, which started out as a builder’s special with one lonely cabinet and some wire shelving. 

The finished product is a sophisticated, delicious space that makes me want to fluff and pretreat.

My favorite parts:

  • Two shelves that link the cabinets -- what a smart idea.
  • Valspar’s “Simply Aqua” turquoise paint on the walls. Who says a laundry room has to be white?
  • A wicker basket that holds sock widows.
  • 4-arm light fixture for $40 on sale.
  • Cute lamp for late-night laundry chores.
  • Framed drawing with caption, “As I do more laundry, nudists seem less crazy.” How funny is that?

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