Baby Clothes Rack W/ Leather Basket Hangers




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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SUPPLIES (affiliate):

(2) Pine 2×2″s
(2) Round poplar dowels
Wood glue
1 ½” finishing nails
3” decking screws
Sherwin-Williams ProClassic® Waterbased Paint (Dovetail & Bright White)
Heavy leather scraps
Embroidery floss

TOOLS (affiliate):

Miter saw
Speed square
Drill press
1” forstner bit
Nail gun
Nap roller
Small paintbrush
Rubber mallet
Embroidery Needles

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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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    6 Discussions

    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    3 years ago

    Very cute idea! I like that you get to enjoy seeing the cute designs on the clothes since they aren't stuffed away in a dresser :)

    Gray House Studio
    Gray House Studio

    Reply 3 years ago

    Ya, easpecially having a 9lbs6oz baby. The cute infant clothes we have he might only get to wear once and if they were stuffed in a drawer we would probably forget all about them.


    3 years ago

    Nice solution. In a way, it's better than a closet or dresser because you don't have to open any doors or drawers!

    Gray House Studio
    Gray House Studio

    Reply 3 years ago

    That is sooo true. We are going on two week of caring for an infant and quickly realizing the more things that can easily be done with one hand the better.

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    This looks great. I might have to try something like this with out nursery. The closet is always full of other random baby stuff, and there is never enough storage space.

    Gray House Studio
    Gray House Studio

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks! We now have an 8 day old and his stuff already takes up every closet in the house, but at least the clothes rack still look organized.