A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

DIY Fold-Up Drying Rack

I love being able to stash things away, and while I love our collapsible drying rack it usually ends up sitting in the hallway outside the second floor laundry room for days on end. We usually only have a couple of things to air dry at a time, so dragging it out and setting it up ends up being a chore.

I thought the perfect solution would be to have a fold-up drying rack above the washer/dryer. I looked at wall-mounted collapsible drying racks but they wouldn’t work with the slope of the ceiling. I remembered that in our old house we used to have some simple mesh drying racks and I came up with an idea for mounting them to the ceiling.

Unfortunately I don’t know what we did with those so I had to buy two new ones from The Container Store. Then off to Home Depot for some lightweight chain, screw eyes to fit around the plastic tubing of the drying rack, and screw hooks to hook the chain to the ceiling.

The eyes and hooks were screwed into the ceiling joists, the chain cut to the proper length for the drying racks to hang level, and ta da! Simply cinch up the chain and hook it tight so that the rack is tucked away…

…and unhook and let it drop when it’s needed for drying.

Here are the detail shots. This first one shows the screw eye screwed into the sloped ceiling a couple inches higher than our washer/dryer. This is how the drying rack will pivot up to the ceiling. We had to cut the mesh to get it around the screw eye.

The next shot shows the racks in the closed position, with the chain cinched up to the top ceiling hook. Pete made the ring from a wire clothes hanger. He also cut off the legs of the drying racks since we didn’t need them.

The last shot shows the racks in the open position. The racks are tied together with clothes hanger wire and the chain is hooked into the same wire. The ring that is used to cinch the racks to the ceiling hook just hangs loose here.

That’s it!


  1. Reubeh on February 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    pretty innovative idea! I’ve never seen one of these before!

  2. jane sybert on March 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    by chance i found your blog and realized your PO leo milke is my great grandfather. my grandma is muriel w milke married to robert j hughes 2 kids mary ann leo hughes(formerly rastovac)my mother. i am jane ann hughes rastovac sybert–now jane a sybert. I love the historical newspaper articles, how did you research these clips??microfilm? I live out of state now. are you able to send me any of your history blogs concerning this time period and milke family or neighbor info from the time period? Thanks for your really cool posts. Jane sybert

  3. denise on March 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Reubeh: thanks, I’m really happy with how it works!
    Jane: I sent you an email; hopefully you received it. I’m so excited that a descendant of the previous PO found the site!

  4. Joe on June 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Neat idea you came up with there. Good way to use what normally would be unusable space 🙂

  5. Inspire Me Heather on June 18, 2012 at 7:06 am

    What a great idea, well done! I’ve got this linked to my project post on drying racks too today!

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