This is the way it always goes when I decide to build or DIY something. I shower the internet to find what I am imagining in my head only to not find it ANYWHERE. I wanted a rectangular rod drying rack which seems interesting since hanger are rounded, right? Well, it turned out better than I could have every imagined! 

I was definitely hesitant at first as weather or not I would even make a tutorial for this project since well, it broke and it looked a lot more aesthetically pleasing than it was functional. However, after fixing it and figuring out a better way to configure the drying rack and shelf it’s full steam ahead!

Design Behind the DIY Clothes Drying Rack

I really wanted a clothes drying rack that would flow well with the rest of the laundry room and I wasn’t having much luck finding anything. I thought it would be a fun design element to add a square dowel and incorporate the modern barn door DIY design.

This project total cost for us was around $80, but costs will always vary based on the tools and supplies you already have on hand. If you’re looking to make this project cheaper using a more inexpensive type of lumber would be the best way to go! We decided to go with oak to match the counter tops in the laundry room which were also white oak.

Since oak is purchased per linear foot it’s a bit more on the expensive side.

We got our wooden countertop from Walnut Wood Works in middle Tennessee and they also ship too if you aren’t local! They used Rubio Monocoat and I wasn’t able to get ahold of any nearby. So I lightly stained our (red) oak shelving with golden oak by Varathane! 

Are you ready to get your laundry shelf build on? Well guess what, we’ve got some FREE Printable plans for you!

Download the PDF plans if you’d like to build the DIY Clothes Drying Rack. It’ll have the step-by-step directions, along with dimensions and a complete materials and cut list.

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To “Get the Look” for this space check out the Laundry Room Sources with a full list of sources for everything!

Let me know if you have any questions about anything building wise or product questions! I’m an open book 🙂

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