Drying Racks Spare Your Clothes and Save Energy on Laundry Day

When I first moved to Chicago, the cold, winter shock of a shared basement laundry room was there to greet me. I had to go outside and up and down those narrow, icy wooden steps for every laundry trip. I said, nope, no thank you, then I quickly dragged our butts to IKEA to buy a drying rack. Besides saving quarters, and helping sweaters keep their shape, it also meant I was being green.

Folding drying racks tuck out of the way when they aren’t needed, save energy, and aren’t as hard on your clothing. Here are nine of our favorite options to buy or DIY:

We’ve featured Jen’s Ballard Designs-inspired drying rack before, and are still loving how she got the look for just $30. The robin’s egg blue she chose adds needed cheer to a rather mundane chore.

The X Wing standing drying rack is much more substantial than most, and has thoughtful features (like the mesh drying shelf for delicates and hanger hooks) that make this splurge worth it if you plan on keeping your drying rack for years.

IKEA’s ALGOT system is a modular dream. It’s like LEGOs, but for storage. While the line has a few laundry room options, I like this double drying rack for maximum drying space.

Galvanized metal adds a nice, unexpected texture and Pottery Barn has an entire laundry room collection built around it. Pair this drying rack with their galvanized hook shelf and rolling laundry cart for a coordinated look.

Is it weird to call a drying rack beautiful? From the makers of this viral giant wall-mounted memo board, comes an equally stunning, ceiling mounted drying rack. While certainly a pretty penny, the construction and seamless pulley system put it straight on my wish list.

If you have no floor or wall space, or rent, try an over-the-door solution. This one from Home Depot folds up for easy storage and includes side hooks to give you a few more drying opportunities.

Manda’s Scandinavian-inspired, DIY standing rack folds up and the dowels are adjustable for flexible drying.

Brittany Goldwyn’s DIY over-the door-drying station completely floored me. (It looks like it belongs in the same fantasy laundry room as the George and Willy rack above.) Now she doesn’t have to worry about storing her old drying stand in a small laundry closet.

Carrying the metallic trend all the way to the laundry room, M.E. Gray used copper caps and wood dowels for a drying rack pretty enough to keep out.

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