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Make a Foldout Drying Rack




A simple foldaway rack makes ingenious use of laundry room wall space. The rack consists of two wooden frames -- a smaller one, fitted with eight horizontal dowels, inside a larger one (each is painted to match the wall).The frames are hinged at the bottom, and the larger frame is attached to the wall. A small metal latch at the top keeps the rack closed when not in use. When open, the inner frame is held by eye hooks and chains.

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Reviews (37)

  • AshleyMagana 18 Feb, 2010


  • forevermadrid 24 Nov, 2009

    Where are the directions?

  • yasmeeniqbal 22 Nov, 2009

    What a fabulous idea! Just the thing I need in our apartment with little space for drying clothes!

  • Adaeze 21 Nov, 2009

    This project will be added to my husband's honey-do list immediately! GREAT idea!

  • GeorgiaBabydoll 23 Jun, 2009

    Great Idea! Love that it takes up virtually no space and absolutely no floor space.

  • beeeff 22 Jun, 2009

    I love your fold-out drying rack. I just wish I could enlarge both the images and the font.

  • Anna-Marie 7 May, 2009

    I would like the pattern for the upright floor model patterned after the very old fashioned drying rack.

  • sare 22 Aug, 2008

    Here's a plan on how to build the rack on the Home Depot site.

  • sare 22 Aug, 2008

    Here's a place where you can find the instruction on the home depot site

  • imwithdino 13 Aug, 2008

    I live in an older home with the washer and dryer located in a corner of the kitchen. This also means I don't have a convenient place to hang damp laundry. This would be a perfect solution! It also has a bit of an old fashioned feel to it, which I just love!

  • buddyone 6 Aug, 2008

    Instructions would be marvelous !!!

  • edie44 6 Aug, 2008

    I am just wondering... many of the comments on this item have been requests for additional instructions. Has any one received a response or should I not be expecting one?

  • maely 5 Aug, 2008

    This is such a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing! My only problem now is to figure out how to attach it to my wall.

  • lorraineceo 5 Aug, 2008

    I would love the instructions. Can you please email them thanks

  • SHarrod 5 Aug, 2008

    What a great idea! I'm so glad to see something for my small laundry room! Makes a big difference for our football player. Now he can hang his smelly's to dry properly. Thanks for sharing this idea!

  • csimo 4 Aug, 2008

    I'm so pumped for the hubby to do this for me!!! I've needed a drying rack for a while now and I don't like the ones you buy in the store, they take up too much floor space and I don't have a big laundry room. Thanks for the great idea!

  • silverqueen 4 Aug, 2008

    I have had no problem with paint chipping off...use an acrylic enamel. This seems to handle wetness. However, I agree that plastic or rubber would be best. If for no other reason, the chance of snagging would be diminished. Another idea for this type of project...In my home office, i use this idea to display my magazines. They are easily accessible...and neatly stored. For the railing, I used the side rails from a baby crib. Recycle and reuse!

  • lisamarie9 4 Aug, 2008

    Oh Girls, you know Martha has to make everything don't paint the rots...
    I have a drying rack from Walmart, Martha's new digs if I saw the commercial correctly, I just open it in the tub at night or day... and use it as needed. It folds neatly into the closet when not in use...

  • zahradnice 3 Aug, 2008

    Great idea. BUT, if you have IKEA nearby, they have been selling similar product ANTONIUS FOLDING DRYING RACK (6 1/2 yds of clothes line) for about 2 years now and it is only 12.99 TAX.

  • GoodMorningGlory 3 Aug, 2008

    Please send email to let us know where and when you post the instructions for constructing this foldaway rack.

  • edie44 3 Aug, 2008

    I love this idea but where do I find more exact instructions. I would love to attempt this as my first project. Please followup with more details!

  • arbedadams 3 Aug, 2008

    This looks great and just what i need but i sure wish there were some instructions to go with this,!!

  • trekkiemom 3 Aug, 2008

    I would be concerned about putting wet things on painted surface, how to water proof would be good info. Maybe plastic rods?

  • abir 3 Aug, 2008

    so easy..we can found more space..

  • twoquail 3 Aug, 2008

    Now if I can just find the right spot to put this! I wish I had seen this when we renovated last year - it would have been one of the "gotta haves" when we did our mud room!

  • mommadog 3 Aug, 2008

    I think this is fantastic!!!! It's so simple, yet very useful. td4dogs

  • janesybesma 3 Aug, 2008

    What a great idea! I'm going to hang the ladder from the frame of my laundry room window.

    I'll hang my herbs to dry on it first since I never know here else to do that!



  • judgecathy 3 Aug, 2008

    I think that you make it to fit the space that you have, so the materials would be dependant upon where it will be mounted. the instrucitons are in the description. You would need a little know-how about building and wood working.

  • Dmittens 3 Aug, 2008

    I love this idea, but can't find how to make it, materials list,etc. Am I missing something?

  • scrapbookdi 3 Aug, 2008

    It would also be a great place to hang clothes on after ironing if you have the hangers with the swivel hooks instead of a big rod.

  • floridacrazy 3 Aug, 2008

    Wow, This is perfect for my laundry room! This also looks like it would solve a problem with a drying area in my garage for outdoor hosed-off things.

    Julie in Florida

  • MalcGnome 3 Aug, 2008

    This is such an ingenous idea ... Can be added to the wall by the washer and drying for the clothes you don't want dried. Also one in the bathroom. So simple to make. I am quite impressed with this idea that doesn't take any space up!

  • Encee 3 Aug, 2008

    I too saw this item at and it was nice, but kind of pricy. This is a great idea and I'm very happy to have found it.

    Nice idea, Mel, to hang a picture over this. I am thinking of something along the lines of a hanging quilt type of item. It may be easier to take up and down.

  • DerekM 3 Aug, 2008

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  • pelican66 3 Aug, 2008

    omg i just saw this in a magazine for $90 for a small one and wanted it; what perfect timing to have the plans for it here! i had one in my old NYC apt decades ago and loved it; invaluable!

  • Mel 3 Aug, 2008

    I thought of hanging a picture over the frames to cover up when not in use.

  • Tanyamom 25 Jul, 2008

    Oh, I sooooo needed this!