We like to save space and make the most out of what space we have.
We also like to avoid having blankets, towels, rags, shirts, pants, and underwear laying out drying on whatever random spot you can find around your house. Also, if you need to add a little more storage to your closet for hanging dress shirts, then it’s easy to install a rack that will take advantage of your unused space.
Add storage to your closet with a garment rack, or make the most of your laundry room with a wall-mounted drying rack. Taking advantage of vertical space goes a long way and tends to make rooms feel bigger.
The freestanding accordion style racks are one way to do it, but they get knocked over, are generally flimsy, and take up storage space when they’re not being used. We’d like to avoid all that.
Wall-mounted racks come in a variety of forms. The accordion style is very common is our favorite since it easily collapses and takes up less space. With that said, there are a ton more options to choose from that you likely haven’t even considered.
Collapsible Accordion Drying Rack
These are ideal for laundry rooms and can be folded flat when they’re not being used. They are so much easier to deal with than freestanding racks and take advantage of unused wall space.
We want to avoid any cheaply made steel products since we know these racks will be coming into contact with moisture. Good quality stainless steel or aluminum is what we need.
Woolite Aluminum Drying Clothes Rack
Each of the 10 rods has a usable length of about 27 inches. When folded up the rack sticks out from the wall about 4.5 inches. In use, the dimensions are 36″ W x 24″ D x 10″ H.
You may be tempted to buy the wooden (or MDF) accordion racks, but you can count on them failing in the first year if you try to put the same amount of laundry as you would these metal racks. For the cost, these metal accordion racks are a great bang for your buck regarding longevity and drying space.
Aero Stainless Steel Clothes Rack
The accordion style is super sturdy, and this model is one of our favorites. If you’re looking for something collapsible, we prefer accordions over the other collapsible systems in the next section.
The white painted steel model below is a nice budget option, and isn’t quite as sturdy as the models above.
mDesign Accordion Clothes Drying Rack
This budget model has slightly less hanging space than the ones above and is made of steel with a white coating. It’s a bit more flimsy than the two above, but gets the job done better than a wooden rack.
Some owners report the screws that come with it are too short. This is often the case with just about anything you order than hangs on the wall. You will likely need to get some larger wall anchors and screws. Your best bet is to make sure these racks are installed into wall studs.
Collapsible Clothes Hanger System
These hanger systems aren’t accordions, but they collapse to be out of the way. These are ideal for laundry rooms or bathrooms where you want to be able to tuck away the rack when not in use.
If your bathroom doesn’t already have a towel rack, then some of these models may be an option that gives you more drying space for used towels than a single towel bar.
Arrow InstaHanger QuickCLOSET Drying Rack
The QuikCLOSET provides 3′ to 5′ of hanging space. It supports up to 100 lbs and must be installed correctly to handle this weight. The rod is telescoping so you can choose the width you need.
When installed the hanger will fold flat to a thickness of 1-1/4″. You can install these hangers in brick, concrete, or wood. Masonry anchors and wood screws are provided. The hanger rod is made of stainless steel.
We’re a little skeptical this can hold 100 lbs, and there are a few reports of it breaking at less than that weight.
Stock Your Home Folding Clothes Hanger
This rack is made completely from metal and gives you about 10″ of rack space. This type is great if you don’t have a wide space available.
Keep in mind this is 2-pack set, but there is an option for a single.
mDesign Wall Mount Clothes Hanger System
We like this rack because the mount system is made from steel. Plastic in those areas is generally bad news. The steel rod isn’t heavy gauge, so avoid hanging heavier clothes in the middle.
The important thing to keep in mind with the hangers above is to be careful about putting on too much weight. These style hangers just aren’t as sturdy as some of the other styles here. As long as you stay mindful of how much weight you’re adding to the hanger, and not stacking it up in the middle of the rod, you likely won’t have issues.
Wall-Mount Towel Bars
5 Swivel Arms
KES 5-Bar Swivel Bathroom Hanger
These 180 degree rotatable hanging bars give you versatile towel storage. You can put used towels for drying on one side and unused on the other. It’s made from Type 304 Stainless Steel. These are also great men’s tie or belt racks.
This is a super efficient way to hang towels and dry used towels in a bathroom. The end of each bar has a cap which keeps the towel from sliding off.
Each arm is 350mm (or about 13.8 inches). With this design, it’s easy to be sure you’ve hit a wall stud. Horizontal bars with 2 mount points can be difficult or impossible to be set to the right width for hitting wall studs on both sides.
Shelf with 2 Bars
KES Large Towel Rack with Shelf
If you plan on putting anything but towels on the shelf you should definitely be sure it is mounted into studs. The provided screws won’t be enough. Getting some heavy-duty wall anchors is another alternative, but you will want to avoid heavy objects on the shelf.
Once installed, the shelf has a depth of about 8 inches.
There’s only one product in this category as it’s pretty uncommon. This system lets you pull laundry up closer to your ceiling, which certainly is taking advantage of unused space.
Greenway GCL3LL 3-Rod Stainless Steel Laundry Lift
This clothes drying rack lets you take advantage of unused ceiling and wall space. Each rod is raised and lowered by a nylon cord. This unit comes with 3 stainless steel rods that adjust from 3 to 5 feet.
Clothes Rack with Cabinets
This cabinet offers extra storage along with the drying rack. There aren’t a ton of options in this category with the accordion rack built in.
Danya B. Accordion Drying Rack With Cabinet
Dimensions: 22.25″ H x 22.5″ W x 7.75″ D
This is a great option if you need some additional storage space for cleaning supplies and also need hanging space. Don’t plan on putting as much weight on the rack as the stainless steel models above.
Clothes Rack with Shelves
Better Homes and Gardens Drying Rack with Shelf
The metal bars make this a good choice if you need some extra storage above the rack. The rod spacing is a bit small so you won’t be able to use every rod and get good airflow. Many reviewers state that the provided mounting hardware isn’t enough to hold the rack. That’s a common theme you’ll see with most things in this article. Spend a little extra money and get some good screws or anchors at a hardware store.
Folding Pull-Out Drying Rack
Ikea Stainless Steel Laundry Drying Rack
Being 22″ wide, this rack doesn’t mount on standard 16″ centered studs. As long as one side is mounted in a wall stud, it should be fine. There are a total of 6 mount points.
The rack extends 20.5″ from the wall when at the top position. The bars are spaced 3 inches apart and when it’s folded the rack only sticks out about 1 inch from the wall.
Concealed Drying Rack
If you’re looking for something that doesn’t immediately give away that it’s a drying rack, then consider this cabinet-concealed rack. The Leifheit model below isn’t as attractive as the cabinet model but takes up less space.
Home Improvements Classic Cabinet Drying Rack
There are 3 different angle settings for the rack. The dimensions are 23″ W x 4″ D x 27″ H. When fully extended the rack sticks out from the wall 46.75″.
Leifheit 83100 Telefix Retractable Clothes Drying Rack
The maximum recommended weight for this rack is 44 lbs. That’s a lot of laundry, so be sure to mount it into studs or use large wall anchors. This rack blends in very well, though it isn’t as attractive as the cabinet models.
The dimensions when closed are 5.375″H x 40.625″W x 2″D. It’s made from ABS plastic and stainless steel rods.
Door Hinge Towel Rack
Obviously, these aren’t mounted on the wall, but they are a great way to take advantage of the unused space behind your door. Depending on how much clearance you have behind your bathroom door, you might fit one of the racks above, but these hinge-mounted racks are ideal for adding towel storage to your bathroom. It’s a great way to free up shelf or cabinet space for other things. If you try to reuse towels more than once, then this helps make sure they dry properly and don’t get moldy.
Hinge N Hang: The Perfect Towel Rack
You’ll likely only want to use the top 2 hinges on your door as the lowest one will be too low to actually hang anything. The telescoping function makes these great for smaller doors where other rods might be too long. They are a bit expensive since only one bar is provided, but this type of bar is easier to install and sturdier than the model below.
Household Essentials 4-Bar Hinge Clothing Rack
There is some flexibility in the mounting requirements. If you’re hinges are closer to gether (53.5″ to 60″), then put the top bracket in the down position and the bototm bracket in the up position. Vice-versa if you’re hinges are farther apart.
The rods are 18″ long and can move toward or away from the door independently.
Garment Rack for Storage
These racks can be installed in your closet or laundry room for drying or storage purposes. We’ve included a variety of models here which can swivel or collapse if you want to put them away while they’re not being used.
For closets, you likely don’t need any swivel or collapsing racks, so check out the static racks as well.
Sumnacon 2-Pack of Swinging Garment Hooks
These Stainless Steel (Type 304) swivel racks are super sturdy and have 6 hanger spokes. The swivel bar sticks out about 12.5″ from the wall and is easy to swivel against the wall when it’s not being used.
You could even mount several of these in your laundry room and add a ton of storage exactly where you need it.
Gravity keeps the swivel bar in place in both positions. Ideally, these are mounted in wall studs as they are quite substantial and filling them up with wet laundry will add quite a bit of weight.
One option is to mount them on a wooden board, which you could paint the color of your wall, and then mount the board on multiple studs in your laundry room or closet. This eliminates any weight concerns.
MyGift Wall Mounted Set of 3 Garment Racks
The rack sticks out about 12″ from the wall. If you’re looking for something that isn’t so boring for your laundry room or entryway area, then consider these. These definitely don’t have to be tucked away in a closet.
DIY CARTEL Industrial Pipe Clothing & Garment Rack
This set comes with 1 flange (mounts to wall), three 10-inch pipes, 1 elbow, 1 T-connector, and 2 caps. You simply assemble just like the picture.
You get about 22″ of usuable rack space. Each pipe is 10″ long, so the rack sticks out about 11″ from the wall. This will definitely need to be installed into a wall stud.
Waterfall Garment Rack
These simple waterfall racks get the job done. They’re very sturdy and should be installed in a wall stud.