I hacked an IKEA SNIGLAR baby crib into a retractable clothes drying rack. I attached it to a cord to lower the rack to hang my clothes and lift the rack against the wall when not in use. It’s hung on an empty wall in our laundry room and it’s proven to be so useful for laundry that needs a bit of airing.
So if you have an old SNIGLAR cot, don’t throw it away just yet.
1. We will use both ends of the SNIGLAR crib. 2. On both ends, cut the legs so they resemble a square. 3. Then take one of them and cut off the end frame sections. You should end up with two end sections. 4. Attach one piece of the end section to the complete SNIGLAR cot using the hinges. 5. Attach two of the screw hooks to the other end section piece (for the top of the wall). One near the edge of the top end section (to act as a stopper), the other at the center of the end piece. The third eye hook is fixed at the center of the cot end piece. 6. Attach the end sections to the wall using wall anchor screw fixings. 7. Tie the cord to the first hook (on the cot end piece) and loop through the others so that it hangs to the side of the frame. Add a stopper so that the cord catches at the eye hook at the level you want the rack to hang.
And that’s it! Your DIY retractable drying rack is done.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.