How To Build Laundry Drying Racks

If you are tired of having wet clothes hanging all over your home, then you may want to know how to build laundry drying racks. While these laundry drying racks may look complicated, they are actually quite simple if you break them down into the various components that you will need to make.

To build laundry drying racks you will need:

  • 10 dowels measuring 30 inches in length and ¼ inch in thickness
  • 10 wooded slats measuring 20 inches in length and ½ inch in thickness
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  1. Prepare the wood to build laundry drying racks. Sand it smooth so that there are no rough edges. Make sure that the ends on the wooden slats are completely flat.
  2. Set up the legs. Drill holes completely through your wood that are large enough for the dowels. Each slat should have three holes: one in the middle and one on both ends.
  3. Insert the dowels.  Lay the two slats in front of you at a 45 degree angle. They need to be parallel and ten inches apart. This will create the two “X” shapes for at the end of your laundry drying rack.
  4. Create the top of your laundry drying rack. Put seven dowels through the holes that you drilled in the four slats. The dowels in the center and at the “X’s” should overlap. Insert three dowels through a single slat at the end leaving one end of your “X” open.
  5. Set up the other side of your laundry drying rack. Lay a slat’s end hole on the open end of an “X” and put a dowel through the hole leaving one slat that isn’t a part of the “X” shape.   
  6. Secure the laundry drying rack together using the aforementioned process. Simply follow the steps to set up the legs, insert the dowels and set up the side whenever you are trying to build laundry drying racks.
  7. Gouge out two notches, one on each side of your laundry drying rack, to create the top of the laundry drying rack. Gently hammer the dowels securely into place. 
  8. Seal the wood so that it will be able to hold wet clothing. Use polyurethane, which is a waterproof sealer, for this. Place the notches on the sides that face the rest of the laundry drying rack. These will hold your laundry drying rack open while you are using it. You can then fold and store your laundry drying rack whenever you aren’t using it. 

Once you are done building your laundry drying racks you should consider putting a finish on them so that they won’t splinter.  Otherwise, you are ready to start drying your clothing.

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