Hello yall! Today I wanted to take you back into our laundry room to walk you through the building of our easy DIY clothes hanging rack. *this post contains affiliate links.
For this project I used:
First I stained the wood my favorite color, Minwax Provincial. When it dried I attached the belt sections onto the face of the wood.
To do this, I cut the belt into even sections. I wanted them to be long enough that they could be attached bowing out. These belt sections are about 6″ long. Remember, wood that’s labeled 1×6 is really like 5 1/2′ wide….I know there’s a reason for that but I don’t remember what it is….
Before I could attach it, I drilled holes through each side of each leather strip and then into the board.
This made it easier to attach everything. Pilot holes for the win! *pardon the iphone pictures and bad lighting
You can see how the straps are bowed out. Longer belt strips attached about a half an inch in from the edge of the board.
I also attached the hinge to the back of the board. (After I did this, I decided to spray paint it black. I just took it back off and reinstalled it.) You want the hinge to be at the bottom and for it to be installed so that it can completely close on itself.
The small section of wall, the only section of wall that would have worked, wasn’t wide enough to have a stud to attach to. To fix this, I cut another scrap board to fit snug between the two pieces of wall trim and nailed it into the wall. This gave me a solid surface to attach the rack to.
I painted it the same color as the wall, Behr Polar Bear, so that it wouldn’t be as noticeable.
I attached the hinge back to the rack then onto the wall. If you notice that extra piece of wood between the rack and the hinge, it’s because the smallest screws we had on hand were too long. No going to the store for me!! MAKE IT WORK! Adding a little piece of a paint stir stick made the difference so that the sharp screws wouldn’t poke out of the finished side.
It stood against the wall without a hook but I didn’t want it spontaneously falling so I attached a gate hook to the backside of the clothing rack.
And the eye bolt to the wall.
Helping it to stay securely up on the wall.
Another thing I wanted the rack to do was to lean out a bit allowing for more clothing to hang when the rack was at an angle.
To do this I added another gate hook at the bottom of the board. I’m not sure of it’s ability to hold weight. My husband suggested adding a chain at the top that could extend to be longer. Having it be secured from the top would make it stronger. Especially in our case where we don’t have the hardware attached into a stud.
So far I’ve gotten tons of use out of it while it’s just secured to the wall straight up. It’s so much more stylish than the cheap rack I had there before.
This project took all of an hour after I had collected all of the supplies. I’m so happy with how it turned out.
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It’s such a happy, bright space now.
I’ll miss the laundry room now that I finally love it… Maybe our new house’s laundry room will have space for a similar style hanging rack. And the colors I used. And that rug. So yeah. You’ll be seeing it all again. winky face..
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for more thirfted leather belt projects check out these drawer pulls I made:
and this leather belt cord mount I put together.
Thanks for reading, friends.