Yesterday, I spent 8 hours in the laundry room/basement cleaning and trying to organize, how is it even possible to spend that much time, it’s only a 10 x 20 foot space? lol
It all started because the garment rack (the nice one I bought at Goodwill for only $7.99) that my son had all his clothes on, fell over and broke. I was so upset that the plastic base just cracked in half. Ok, enough is enough, I decided it’s time to get the rack off the floor and to hang it from the rafters! At first I was going to go with steel pipe, flanges, fittings, elbows, this thing was not going to break!
Then I saw the price of what it would cost to make one. My next thought, was to use rope, just put some eye bolts (like the ones I used for the pot rack chandelier), tie some strong rope to it, make a loop at the end and, reusing the bar from the broken rack, insert it into the loop.
A trip to Tractor Supply was necessary. We have one the of the friendliest sales associate that works there, his name is Jim. He has a real sense of humor, he calls me “young lady” so you get hear what I’m saying!
I told him I needed a piece of rope that wouldn’t stretch! He said “good luck finding it.” He suggested I use wire and he also suggested I loop it through the eye hook, then feed it through the hollow pipe (what a great idea, why didn’t I think of that???) and then into the opposite eye hook.
So, with 2 eye hooks (mine will hold up to 190 lbs), a roll of wire, and 2 wire bolts (so glad he suggested those too) I was ready to create my hanging clothes rack!
I have my handy drill, fitted with a 5/8″ drill bit to make my hole for the eye hooks, a pair of wire cutters, my screwdriver for twisting the eye bolt into the wood (check out instructions on the post for the pot rack chandelier) and a small wrench for tightening the bolts on the wire bolts.
And, instead of using the pole from the broken rack, I decided to use the pole I found when cleaning the garage on Saturday. It was to the canopy that used to go on my patio swing. The fabric wore out on it and I though at one point I would make another one, so I kept the poles!
Insert eye hook into wood, thread wire through the wire bolt, loop it into the eye hook, then thread wire back through the wire bolt and tighten nuts to secure the wire.
I ended by looping the excess wire back up through the eye hook and twisting it just for added security!
You need to measure your pole and decide if its going to fit in the space between two rafters, mine was a tad short, but it worked out anyway. The nice thing about using wire, even if the pole was too short, you can bend the wire into an L shape or it will just pull in from the sides, not a real problem.
As you can see from this photo, there are alot of clothes on here! It’s metal, so it’s not going to “snap” in half. Remember, it’s all about “repurposing” so re-using the pole didn’t cost me anything, even if it does have a slight “bow” in it!
Once my son moves out of my basement, I will use this to hang laundry… since this is the laundry room!
Have a great day, thanks for stopping by today!