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diy project: simple wooden laundry rack

by Kate Pruitt

This is the fourth installment of Brittany Watson Jepsen’s summer DIY series. Check out her previous projects herehere and here. I love how simple and minimal these projects are, creating awesome results with only a few materials. Thanks for sharing, Brittany! — Kate

For those of us lucky enough to have minimal living space, creative space planning is a must. Our current laundry rack takes up half of one room on the floor, so I thought of other ways to create more space. The answer? Look vertically. I devised a hanging laundry rack that can be hung from the ceiling beams in our enclosed terrace as well as between trees outside. — Brittany Watson Jepsen

Photography by Hilda Grahnat

Read the full how-to after the jump . . .


  • 2 wood dowels (mine are 1 1/2″ in diameter) at 36″
  • 5 yards of rope
  • twine
  • drill and drill bit (I used 16mm)
  • scissors
  • clamps



1. Place the wood dowel between two tables and secure with clamps.

2. Measure where you’d like to drill your holes. I created four holes and placed mine 5″ apart from the ends and each other.

3. Drill holes in the two dowels.

4. Slide your rope through to the outside of the wood dowel and secure with a knot.

5. Knot on the other side of the already made knot and do the same at the other end.

6. Once all the knots have been assembled, take your twine and tie a triangle formation by tying a knot on one end of the wood dowel and then a knot on the other end.

7. Hang from two trees and get your laundry on!

This has been so helpful in creating a bit more space in our tight living quarters, and the best part is that it’s easy to tuck away. Enjoy!

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