How to Build a Wall-Mounted Laundry Rack

Instead of hanging wet laundry all over the house, make a space-saving, fold-away laundry rack.

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By: Chip Wade

Materials and Tools

  • (1) 1x6 x 12’ poplar board
  • (1) 1x3 x 12’ poplar board
  • (5) 3/4” diameter round oak dowels 24" long
  • 1-1/2” pocket screws (5/4” thick)
  • 1-1/4” pocket screws (4/4” thick)
  • 1-1/2” countersink screws
  • wood glue
  • 24” piano hinge
  • tether and hardware
  • 2-1/2” cabinet screws
  • measuring tape
  • circular saw with guides or table saw
  • miter saw (optional)
  • framing square
  • drill/driver
  • pencil

Cost: $
Skill Level: 2/4
Time: less than 1/2 day

Cut List

Rip stock to the proper width (1-1/2” and 2”) and cut to the proper length (according to cut list).

A: (2) 1-1/2"” x 1” x 22”
B: (2) 1-1/2” x 1” x 34-1/2”
C: (5) 3/4” diameter oak dowel x 24” length
D: (2) 1-1/2” x 1” x 24-1/4”
E: (2) 1-1/2” x 1” x 37”
F: (2) 2” x 3/4” x 22-1/4”
G: (2) 2" x 3/4” x 37”

Cut Dowels

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Cut dowels to proper length.

Layout and Drill Holes

Lay both B pieces side by side. Use a speed square to mark the holes for the dowels. Clamp the boards to a work table and use a 3/4" drill bit to make the holes.

Assemble Rack

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Assemble both A pieces to one B piece using pocket screws and wood glue. Then, insert five dowels into the B piece. Attach the second B piece to the top of the assembly using pocket screws and wood glue (connecting all the pieces together to make a rectangle enclosing the dowels).

Drill Pocket Screw Holes

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Drill pocket screw holes in A, F, and D pieces.

Attach Pieces

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Attach both F pieces to both G pieces with screws and wood glue. Then, attach both D pieces to both E pieces with screws and wood glue. You should now have two rectangle frames.

Attach Pieces

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Attach F and G frame assembly to D and E frame assembly from rear surface with countersink screws and wood glue.

Route Decorative Edge Detail

Optional: For a decorative look, use a router to curve over the edges.

Sand and Finish

Sand and finish or paint the rack as desired.


Locate the studs in the wall and install anchors.

Install Hinge

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Install hinge on the bottom of the rack assembly. Then, install rack assembly to frame assembly with the hinge.

Install Hardware and Connect

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Install one screw to rack assembly and one screw to the frame assembly and connect with the tether/chain.

Hang Frame

Hang the frame assembly using 2-1/2” cabinet screws.

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