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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. 😛

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  using long screws driven direct in to the end-grain! 😉

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. 🙂

One response to “Clothes Storage

  1. John 14/09/2012 at 01:18

    Hi Olly,

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

    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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