Introduction: Baby Clothes Rack W/ Leather Basket Hangers
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It might seem obvious that a nursery needs a closet but we don't have one, so we came up with a DIY work around. Good news, we love it and hope you do to.
Similar to a store display rack we build a practical yet stylish Baby Clothes Rack.
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Step 1: Cut Frame
To get started cut the two pine 2×2”s into four pieces. To make a tall rack cut two long pieces (equal length) for the sides of the rack and two short pieces (equal length) for the top and bottom of the rack.
Step 2: Mark and Drill Holes
Using a framing square make marks six inches apart indicating where to drill each hole. Space equal distances from the top and bottom.
We used a drill press with a 1” forstner bit to drill the holes in the side pieces stopping each hole ¼” shy of going through the back of the board.
Step 3: Assemble the Frame
Attach the four pieces of the frame together using wood glue and 1 ½” finishing nails. Double check that everything is square using a framing square before nailing.
Step 4: Secure Frame W/ Screws
For extra strength, drill a pilot hole and secure the pieces of the frame together using 3” decking screws for the top and bottom.
Step 5: Cut Dowel Rods
Cut the two 48" long dowel rods down to 12” pieces using the miter saw.
Step 6: Paint the Rack
Use a nap roller to paint the frame of the baby clothes rack to create a smooth finish. Then, use a smaller paintbrush to paint in the holes of the frame and the dowels. We recommend using Sherwin-Williams ProClassic® waterbased paint because it is cabinet grade and will withstand the abuse of hangers.
Step 7: Insert Dowels
Insert the dowel rods into the holes of the clothes rack frame with a few taps of a rubber mallet. It you want a more modular design sand the end of each dowel slightly to create a loose fit allowing each dowel to be inserted and removed by hand.
Step 8: Hang Clothes Rack
Install the frame by screwing the rack into the wall studs and using a level to make sure it was straight on the wall.
Step 9: Sew Basket Hangers
Remove the handles from cheap wire baskets and used embroidery floss to sew 1” wide leather loops onto the metal baskets so they could hang from the dowel rods.
Step 10: Plywood Shelves
To create shelves cut on piece 1/2" plywood 10 inches deep and the same width as the rack. Then, cut a second piece of plywood 10 inches deep and 2 inches less wide. Use wood glue to attach the two boards together with the smaller piece center on the larger. Finally, set the plywood shelf over a set of dowels.
That's it! We hope you like the project and to more projects like it visit Gray House Studio.
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