DIY Suspended Clothes Drying Rod

Do you hang your laundry to dry? Perhaps not the entire load but wouldn't you agree, some things just need to be air-dried. We have a small home and valuable floor space for a collapsible drying rack is not an option. So we came up with a sleek permanent solution for drying clothes by making a chrome suspended clothes drying rod for our basement laundry room. Not only is it extremely handy but it looks good too.

Basement Laundry Room Suspended Clothes Drying Rod

In all honesty, we hang almost all of our laundry for several reasons; to extend the longevity of clothing, avoid shrinkage, and save money on electrical bills. With our cold winter climate, hanging laundry outdoors isn't an option so having this suspended drying rod is so handy.

DIY Suspended Clothes Drying Rod

Aside from the washer, it is the most used item in our laundry room and came in handy earlier this week to hang holiday table linens and party outfits to dry.

DIY Suspended Clothes Drying Rod for delicate fabrics

Ask to keep the pant hangers when you purchase your next pair of trousers. They are perfect for hanging linens, scarves and pants to dry. More times than not the store clerks are happy to throw them in the bag.

DIY Suspended Clothes Drying Rod Retail Trouser Hangers

Laundry Room DIY Suspended Clothes Drying Rod

This is what you will need to make the clothes drying rod

Materials List

  • 1/8 inch Aircraft Cable
  • 1/8 inch Aircraft Cable Thimble
  • Aircraft Cable Double Wire Rope Clamp
  • Chrome Shower Rod
  • Plastic Rod End Caps
  • 3-inch Hex Head Lag Bolt
  • 3/8 inch Plastic Hole Cover

Materials used to make a DIY Suspended Clothes Drying Rod

How to attach a DIY Suspended Clothes Drying Rod to the basement ceiling

Suspended Clothes Drying Rod Tutorial

Hex Head Lag Bolt 

Screw 3-inch Hex Head Lag Bolt into the floor joists where you want the rod to hang on each end (see Diagram 3).

Chrome Shower Rod

  • Measure the Chrome Shower Rod the same length as to where the lag bolts are mounted in the ceiling and mark a dot on the rod with a marker.
  • Add 2 inches from your dot marks on each end and draw a line around the rod.
  • Cut the Chrome Shower Rod using a hacksaw on each line that you marked.
  • Drill a 3/8 inch diameter hole in the Chrome Shower Rod on the dot marks.
  • Attach a Plastic End Cap to each end of the rod (see Diagram 1).

Aircraft Cable

  • If you have a suspended ceiling, mark the ceiling tile where the Aircraft Cable will hang and poke a hole large enough to accommodate the Aircraft Cable using an Awl.
  • Feed the Aircraft Cable through the hole in the Shower Rod.
  • On the strand of Aircraft Cable below the rod feed the Double Wire Rope Clamp through and tighten the screws to secure (see Diagram 1).

Plastic Hole Cover

Now feed the Plastic Hole Cover through the Aircraft Cable on the top of the rod, and then through the hole you made in the ceiling tile (see Diagram 2).

Aircraft Cable Thimble

  • Feed the Aircraft Cable Thimble through the Aircraft Cable (see Diagram 3).
  • Make a loop with the Aircraft Cable around the Lag Bolt and through the Aircraft Cable Thimble (see Diagram 3).
  • Figure out the desired length you want the rod to hang (ours is hanging 7 inches from the ceiling tile to the top of the Shower Rod).
  • Tighten the screws on the Aircraft Cable Thimble to secure (see Diagram 3).
  • Cut off excess Aircraft Cable
  • Push the head of the Plastic Hole Cover through the ceiling tile so the end cap sits flush with the tile and using E6000 glue secure in place (see Diagram 1).

Close up of materials used to hang a Suspended Clothes Drying Rod to the Laundry Room ceiling

What I like most about our suspended clothes drying rod is that when in use, it doesn't interfere with the function of our laundry room.

Adding a DIY Suspended Clothes Drying Rod to the Basement Laundry Room

In the picture above, can you see that empty void to the right of the open shelving? The gas meter used to be there before we had it moved outside. To see what our laundry room looked like before with our not so pretty makeshift clothes drying rod visit our Laundry Room Makeover On A $500 Budget post.

To see how we fixed that gas meter void and reconfigured the appliances and cabinetry to make the room more functional, visit our Basement Laundry Room Makeover Two post.

One of the downsides of hanging laundry is the assumption that it will need to be ironed. This.Girl.Doesn't.Iron so here's a helpful tip to avoid the dreaded iron when you don't have a steam setting on your dryer.

How to avoid ironing items hung to air dry:

  • Place air-dried clothing in the dryer. 
  • Set the dryer on the low heat or air fluff setting. 
  • Place a wet tea towel in the dryer with fabrics like linens and cotton that tend to wrinkle. 
  • Set the timed cycle to 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove items while still warm and fold.

DIY Basement Laundry Room Suspended Clothes Drying Rod Tutorial for the Ultimate Organization and Cleaning Blog Hop

Here are more DIY organization ideas you may find helpful. No more going on your hands and knees to find items at the back of the bathroom vanity with our DIY Vanity Sliding Shelf. No more tangled jewelry with our hidden Wall Mount Jewelry Cabinet.

In case you missed the Ultimate Cleaning & Organization Resource blog hop, press the links below.


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