How to Make a Wall Mounted Drying Rack

In: Laundry Room Tutorials
diy wall mounted drying rack

Lazy summer days have officially come to an end as the kids are packing up their backpacks for school tomorrow as I type.  Ahhh…  Breath it in folks…that is the smell of freedom.  Dive in and take a big whiff.

With the beginning of the school year, our closets look sort of like the t-shirt racks at Old Navy.  Nothing is folded and 80% of it is on the floor being walked on.  Lovely isn’t it?

I would love to say that this tutorial is all about our closets being organized.  What a dreamer you are… I promise, some day it will happen, but this is not that day.  Today I’m going to show you how you can make a wall mounted drying rack for basically nothing.

This little baby came in handy with all of the new school clothes being washed and some not being able to be put in the dryer.

I built mine from an old baby gate that had seen better days.  The wreckage was just sitting in the garage, like the rest of the stuff that I have great intentions written all over them, but you can very easily build yours out of some really inexpensive wood.  I’ll tell you how.


Shopping list if you do not have a broken down baby gate:

Measure the space that you want to mount your drying rack.  Let’s just say that it is 35″ long for this tutorial.

1- 1″ x 2″ x 6′ for the sides-  2 pieces cut at 35″

1/2″ dowel rods- if you place them every 5″ you would need 7 in your desired width.

2 small utility hinges

Stud finder or drywall anchors

3″ screws to secure to studs


Here is my broken baby gate-

Broken wooden baby gate


After I cut those long sides off, I needed to make it a bit shorter width wise to fit in my space.

measuring where to cut baby gate to make a drying rack


I drew a straight line using this piece of scrap wood.  Then I cut the line using my jig saw.  Once it was the right size, I simply glued and used a nail gun to attach the side.

For those who are building one from scratch:

Simply lay your side pieces together and mark coordinating marks on each side.  Using a 1/2″ drill bit, drill holes on each side.  Glue your dowel rods and place into holes.  You could clamp them or just let them sit for a few hours until the glue is nice and dry.

Baby gate turned into a drying rack.

Now to make it a wall mounted drying rack.

Add hinges to the bottom sides.  Make sure that the flat side is the one you want against the wall.

Hinges on bottom of wall mounted drying rack


Find your studs in the wall or add your drywall anchors in the width of your drying rack and attach hinges to wall.

Hinges attached to wall on wall mounted drying rack.

Hee, hee.  Oops.  My anchor was a bit off.  Shhh.  It’ll be our little secret.

Now, if you do not have a cabinet to stop the rack, I would simply add 2 small chains to the sides on top and then anchor them to the wall for when you want to pull it out and use.  Pretty simple.

Wall mounted drying rack

Yes, I realize it looks like just baby clothes will fit, but I assure you, adult clothes fit great!  I just dried a big Columbia sweater on it and it was AWESOME.

When I’m not using it, I just push it flush against the wall.

Wall mounted drying rack in laundry closet

wall mounted drying rack in laundry closet

Next up is an amazing build for a beginner.  It’s so easy, my 7 year old built it!  I can’t wait to show you!

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  • ToolBox Divas

    Your laundry room looks great! its on my to do list a long with a drying rack. Great job!

    • Erica

      Thanks Girl!!!! p.s. I hate laundry.