Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hangin' Tough

We are continuing to work on the finishing details of our laundry room and this next piece of the project is one I can't wait to show you!

You may remember way back when I first posted about the changes I wanted to make in our laundry room, one of my main goals was to have a space to hang-dry clothes.

I am paranoid about my clothes shrinking.  At 5'10", I hate it when I find something that fits just right and then it comes out of the dryer several inches shorter than when it went in.  Thus, I tend to hang-dry a lot of my clothes, and since we haven't had a place to dry them in our tiny little laundry room, they end up getting scattered all over the house.  

Inspired by this picture on Pinterest, I got the idea to install towel rods on the back of the laundry room door as a place to hang-dry pants.

The cons of this plan were that I could only dry three pairs of pants at a time and I would have to drill directly into the door, which I wasn't too keen on.  So, I went back to the drawing board hoping for inspiration.

It all came together for me when I was shopping at IKEA with my friend, Alicia.  It was there that I spotted these curtain rods and the light bulb went off in my head.  Bing!

I scooped up two rods and their mounting hardware and eagerly rushed to the check-out counter.   Back at home, I use the big blank wall behind the door as a place to install the rods.

For the bottom rod, I measured up from the floor 38-inches and drilled the mounting bracket directly into the studs for proper support.

The upper rod was hung 22-inches down from the ceiling in the same manner.

The whole thing took me less than 20-minutes to install and the supplies were less than $20!

At first I was unsure if the curtain rods would be sturdy enough to hold multiple pairs of wet jeans, but they are plenty strong.  (Cue music..."Hangin' tough!  Hangin' tough!  Are you tough enough?"  Yes. Yes, they are).  

I can hang at least eight pairs of pants on these rods, and with the added closet rod between the two cabinets above the washer/dryer, we also have a place to hang dry shirts and jackets.

Doing laundry has never been so easy!  I am no longer running all over the house with wet clothes looking for a place to hang them, and, as an even bigger bonus, my house no longer resembles a thrift store with clothes everywhere.  Winning!

Where do you hang-dry your clothes?  Have you ever experienced an IKEA inspiration?

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