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DIY Laundry Organizer

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Build a handy organizer to keep all your laundry items. This organizer comes with a rack for air-drying, shelves for supplies and extra hanging pegs for towels and other large items. The pegs also allow you to move the drying rack and shelves where you need them.

Below are the TOOLS + MATERIALS you will need to make a DIY Laundry Hook Organizer:

Things You Will Need

TIP: You can order your flat metal bar stock for the drying rack cut to length from a metal supplier, or you can cut it yourself with a BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Cordless Lithium Jigsaw. Use the BLACK+DECKER 3-Speed Rotary Tool to blunt all the sharp metal edges and corners.

How to Build a DIY Laundry Hook Organizer

  1. Cut the Dowels Laminate and Board

    Cut the following with the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* 5 1/2 in. Circular Saw:

    • (6) 1" diameter dowels, 17 3/4" long for the drying rack
    • (3) 1" diameter dowels, 18" long for the drying rack 
    • (12) 5/8" diameter dowels, 3 7/8" long for the hanging pegs
    • (2) pieces of 3/4" MDL, 7 1/4 x 36" for the shelf unit sides
    • (3) pieces of 3/4" MDL, 7 1/4 x 15 1/2" for the shelves
    • (3) pieces of 3/4" MDL, 1 1/2 x 15 1/2" for the shelf facing
    • (1) 1 x 4 poplar board, 44" long for the peg rail

  2. Prepare the Rack Sides

    Use the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Lithium 2-Speed Drill/Driver and a 5/32" bit to drill holes through all eight pieces of the metal bar stock, centering a hole 1/2″ from each end and another hole centered in the middle.

  3. Prepare the Dowels

    Drill a pilot hole with a 1/8" bit, centered into each end of the nine 1" diameter dowels. Sand all of the dowels, including the 3 7/8" dowels, with the BLACK+DECKER MOUSE® Detail Sander and 120-grit sandpaper. Sand and round the corners on the 1 x 4 poplar peg board.

    Depending on what type of screw you're using, pilot holes should be just slightly smaller than the screw.

    The idea is to allow the hole to be big enough for the screw to pass through without splitting the wood, but at the same time, small enough so that the threads grip firmly.

  4. Pre Assemble the Rack Sections

    Begin assembling the rack in four sections, fastening the metal sides to the 1" diameter dowels with 1 1/4" screws and washers. The bottom section (A) gets an 18" dowel at the bottom and in the middle. The second section (B) gets three 17 3/4" dowels. The third section (C) gets an 18" dowel in the middle. The fourth and top section (D) gets three 17 3/4" dowels.

  5. Assemble the Rack

    Assemble the four rack sections by slipping section A over the ends of section B. Section C fits over section B at the other end. Section D, the top section, fits over section C. (Sections B and D are inner sections, while Sections A and C are outer sections.) Complete the assembly with 1 1/4" screws and washers, as before.

  6. Install the Grommet Tape Hangers

    Fold the end of the grommet tape to create a 6" loop with two grommet holes aligning with each other. Remove the screw from the one end of the top dowel on the top rack section (D), and insert it through the two grommet holes with a washer on both sides and through the metal bar, then re-drive the screw into the dowel.

    Extend the grommet tape down the length of the rack, removing screws and securing the grommet tape at each dowel. Trim off the extra tape with a utility knife. Repeat at the opposite side of the rack.

    TIP: Grommet tape is available at hobby and craft stores, in a variety of sizes and materials.

  7. Assemble the Shelf Unit

    Fit the three 15 1/2" shelves between the 36" shelf unit sides at the following distances from the bottom of the sides: First shelf at 2", second shelf at 16" and top shelf at 28". Drill pilot holes with a 1/8" bit, and screw the shelf unit together with 1 1/2" screws.

    The shelves should be flush with the back edges of the side pieces to create a 3/4" recess at the front for the shelf facing.

    TIP: MDL has a durable plastic laminate on both sides, similar to a laminate countertop, and doesn't need paint. Only the cut edges require paint.

  8. Add the Shelf Facing

    Fit the 1 1/2" shelf facing strips on the front of each shelf. Drill pilot holes with a 1/16" bit. Hammer 1 1/2" finish nails through the facing pieces and into the shelf edges. Create two loops of grommet tape to hang the shelf unit.

    Fasten the loops to the shelf side pieces with 1/2" screws, 4" down from the top and 1" from the front of the shelf unit. Fill the nail holes with caulk.

  9. Drill Holes for the Rack

    Drill 12 holes for pegs into the 1 x 4 peg rail, using a 5/8" drill bit. Space the two outer holes 2" from the ends of the rail, and space the remaining holes every 3 5/16" on-center in between. You can make these holes straight or angle them upward slightly, at about 5°, if desired.

  10. Add the Dowel Pegs

    Apply wood glue generously to the holes in the peg rail. Insert the dowels in the holes by adding pressure with a twisting motion until they are flush with the back of the board. If they're tight, tap them in with a hammer. Let the glue dry for at least 4 hours.

  11. Paint Everything

    Paint everything, including the metal sides on the drying rack, if desired, using acrylic enamel aerosol paint in a color of your choice. Paint all the cut edges on the shelf unit. You can paint the sides of the MDL shelf unit too, if desired. Two coats are sufficient for everything.

    Allow the paint to dry according to manufacturer's instructions.

  12. Install the Organizer

    Use the BLACK+DECKER Stud Sensor to locate studs in the wall and mark them. Use the BLACK+DECKER Accu-Mark™ 36 in. Level device to level the peg rail on the wall. Install the peg rail with 3" screws driven through the rail and into the wall studs. Hang the drying rack and shelf unit on the pegs using the grommet tape loops.

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