Oh my, the laundry room… next only to the kitchen it is the room of mundane homemaking tasks. I am a little religious about getting the laundry done in one fail swoop on Mondays, I even made a video about it once:
Lately I can’t seem to keep up, laundry seems to be an every day venture for me. Any washing machine in my opinion is a magical, blessed device. This home is the first time ever I have had the luxury of a SINK in the laundry. And I looooooooooove it. Everytime I am washing out muddy socks or poopy whatever (hey, as parents we are impervious to this kind of talk right?) I am thanking every lucky star I have a laundry sink.
But, I have needed (okay really wanted) a clothing rod to dry stuff on. It is on my 2014 project list. I explored lots of options and finally settled on adding a rod above the sink. Although the height isn’t ideal, with the way my laundry room is laid out I think the location is my best option. The kids clothes will hang perfectly and if i let the adult clothes wander into the sink a bit, those will fit too.
I tried Lowe’s and Home Depot for a classy rod, but soon discovered I needed to go directly to a building supply store to get what I wanted. In my town Sunroc is the only store, most towns will have a building supply of some kind. You don’t need to be a contractor to shop there and they are really helpful. The cost was actually less expensive than options Lowe’s!
Before we get started into this, take heart that this is a beginner project and you can do it! Really!
- 8′ metal rod, oval shaped (the smallest size they carry), $9.13
- 2 brackets, $.43 each
- 4 screws
- Saw (for metal!)
- Screw driver
Before beginning, please do not use your wood saw to cut the rod. Use a hacksack or a saw with a blade designed for cutting metal. You will ruin your wood blade and weep buckets of sorrowful tears (I would). The steps are easy. Measure the length you need, and subtract 1/8″ for each bracket (total of 1/4″). If you’re wondering about placement, use a hanger to make sure it is not too close to the wall or the top of the cupboard before you drill.
Mark the place for each bracket pilot hole, make sure they are level.
Drill the brackets into place.
Cut the rod to size (using the right kind of saw).
Love the addition to the laundry room or any other room. Here is the before and after:
I have a few projects for the weekend including planning the side yard, planting, fixing two sprinkler lines in our yard, boys’ bedrooms and more. I hope you have something equally lovely up your sleeve!