Clothes Storage

I’ve been back in my mum’s house for over a month now but, some of my old habits from living alone still remain with me. For example, my clothes storage ‘system’ leaves a lot to be desired…

‘Worn’ clothes (but, not ‘dirty’ enough to pile in to the washing machine – it must be a man thing!) tend to hang around until I feel they’re ready to be cleaned. I have a set of work clothes that I’ll wear for five-days and, each night, I like to have something comfortable that I can easily change in to without having to sort through my wardrobe and drawers. But, this clothes end up all over the place – on top of the drawers, on the back of my chair and, even though I recently bought in a canvas unit to try and help with the situation, I need something more.

In an effort to get myself in to the workshop, I’ve started brainstorming some ideas on solutions I could make…

This all started with a basic Google image search (“wooden clothes rack“) and, this first example is actually very similar to an idea I had in my head; using softwood sides with pine dowel lengths on which to hang the clothes:

Okay, so it is a towel rack. I don’t want any shelves. In my mind, folded clothes and a flat surface on which to dump things will leave to creases. If I’m just hanging around then, I like to be able to wear some items at least a couple of times between washing cycles. As long as they’re not covered in sweat or smelly (if only one of the guys I work with would heed this…).

When I was living on my own and, with an inconvenient canvas wardrobe (not very tall and awkward to access with its zipped front), I did contemplate making something very similar to this next image:

An ‘open’-style wardrobe. Even the ends are very similar to what I’d imagined. Dust might’ve been a problem but, access looks easy and, I envisaged it as being something that was easily flat-packable. I already have two wardrobes in my room though and, I really don’t have the space for another like this. Plus, I’d still have to fiddle around with hangers. ๐Ÿ˜›

Adding the word “bespoke” to my search term introduced me to the following:

This is more in keeping with the sort of thing I’d like and I do love the fact that it can fold away. Minimalistic, low in weight and, as far as I can see, it’s economic in materials.

A new search for “clothes horse” bought up a similar design but with only one hinge (or set of hinges). This could be even better, given my lack of space.

Whatever I decide to make, it could always be passed on at a later date and used for airing and drying clothes. I’ll make it about 5ft tall, I think, as this should allow scope for hanging shirts, trousers and all sorts (I am quite tall). Unless I can find some suitable offcuts in the workshop, it’s going to be another ‘pine prototype’ piece, just like the folding desk recently. Though, I’ll try hard to avoid ย using long screws driven direct in to the end-grain! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This doesn’t feel quite as ‘spontaneous’ as I was hoping, with all the forethought and image searching. Dimensions don’t feel critical at this stage as I should be able to determine that from the clothes I have available.

Maybe a third part to the construction wouldn’t be such a bad idea… With winter coming, there’ll be a great demand for space on the radiator and that may well come in handy.

I’ll keep you posted. ๐Ÿ™‚

One thought on “Clothes Storage

  1. Hi Olly,

    I was going to say some of those look more like clothes horses than racks but you’re already there ๐Ÿ™‚

    I know what you mean about the problem of what to do with the “reusable” clothes – particularly trousers in my case (working in London and a baby daughter conspire to ruin shirts after just one outing, if that!

    If I hang trousers up all the change, keys, travel card etc will fall out so I find a heap on the floor or maybe draped on a chair best for me.

    Perhaps split hinges are the answer to expandability?


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