Drying racks have come a long way from simple clotheslines used outside. Whether you have a small or large laundry room or none at all you might be surprised at all the options available. One of these laundry room drying rack ideas is sure to meet your needs.
As a teenager, I can’t tell you the number of brand new pants that were passed up to my older sister due to shrinkage from the dryer. I would get so frustrated that my favorite new pants were now highwaters and embarrassingly too short to wear.
Over the years I’ve learned there are many great reasons to avoid the dryer. This is especially true for your most delicate pieces and garments that fit you like a glove.
Benefits of Air Drying Your Clothes
- Extends the life of what you wear (saving you $)
- Prevents fading
- Prevents shrinking
- Protects delicate materials
- Saves on energy costs
Laundry Room Drying Rack Ideas
There are many designs, sizes, and price points of drying racks available. Below are great options for freestanding, wall-mounted, door mounted and rod style clothes drying racks. Scroll and click on any image below for full product details.
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Just like the name implies the freestanding drying racks are separate units. They don’t require a wall, cabinet, or door to function properly.
1. Tabletop Drying Rack
Tabletop Gullwing Drying Rack
Pros: great for small handwash items, folds completely flat
Con: takes up valuable counter space
2. Tripod Drying Rack
Household Essentials Portable Clothes Drying Rack Tri-pod
Pros: can fit several items at one time, indoor/outdoor capability
Con: requires floor to ceiling space
3. Racks on Wheels
Bigzzia Clothes Drying Rack
Pros: sturdy, easy to move, holds a full load of clothes
Con: takes up a lot of floor space
4. Accordion Style
Amazon Basics Folding Laundry Rack
Pros: easy to fold up and store when not in use, comes assembled, sturdy
Cons: requires floor space, may blow over if placed outside
SONGMICS Clothes Drying Rack
Pros: folds flat, sturdy, rungs are spaced out enough for bulky items
Cons: hard to move when in use, takes up floor space
6. Mesh Shelf
OXO Good Grips Folding Sweater Drying Rack
Pros: keeps structure of sweater without stretching it out, folds in half for storage, can purchase multiple racks to stack on top
Cons: takes up a lot of floor space when in use, only fits on top of very large dryers
If you have wall space available, the next few may be great options for your laundry room. These options are smaller in size but save you valuable floor space.
Step Up Laundry Drying Rack
Pros: doesn’t take up floor space, folds up flat, modern design
Cons: requires wall space, best if secured to a stud or use drywall anchors
2. Accordion Style
AERO W Racks
Pro: doesn’t take up floor space, heavy duty, pulls out easily, folds-up nicely out of the way
Cons: requires wall space, heavy and best if secured with toggle anchors
3. Fixed Mounted
Anjuer Laundry Room Drying Rack Wall
Pro: doesn’t take up floor space, great for small spaces
Cons: requires wall space, limited functionality
If you have a door available then the following may be a great option for hang drying your clothes. This option is best if used on a door with minimal traffic.
These systems are quite popular due to their simplicity and cost effectiveness. Simply install a rod and hang your garments.
1. Rod and hangers
Design House Adjustable Closet Rod
Pros: easy to install, adjustable
Con: requires wall-to-wall space or cabinet-to-cabinet space
2. Mesh Hanger
Looca 3-Tier Folded Mesh Clothes Hanging Dryer Sweater Drying Rack
Pros: keeps structure of sweater without stretching it out, airdry multiple sweaters at one time, folds up for easy storage
Cons: requires a rod, large unit
3. Hanging Rack
Fayleeko Laundry Drying Rack
Pros: 52 clips, stainless steel, easy to store
Cons: only works on smaller items (e.g. socks, underwear, ties, diapers), requires a rod or clothesline
Depending on your situation you may need a combination of systems to meet your needs. If you don’t have a large area for a free-standing drying rack system, using a combination of wall mounted and a rod may suit your needs.
If you live in an apartment finding something that will fit on your balcony may also be a great option.
I’m curious…. which style of drying rack do you use or are going to try?