Affordable Pulley laundry Rack
We made an affordable pulley laundry rack. For anyone interested in making one like ours, read on.
Step 1. Buy some pulleys.
I found that individual pulleys were quite expensive (around $30-$60 each), so I bought a bought a bike pulley system, and unscrewed the chunky hook bits off leaving the small black pulleys. It cost around $18 including shipping from TradeMe.
Step 2. Find offcuts, or purchase timber.
We used left over off-cuts from bed slats (40mmx20mm pine )from Jake's work. Cut 2@ 90cm, Cut 10@ 50cm
Step 3. Make the frame of the rack
Use the 2@90cm pieces as the sides. Add 2@50cm on both ends, and divide even spaces between the rest. You could just pin gun or nail and glue together, but we used dominos so that it could disassemble.
Step 4. Paint or seal
We used an air compressor spray gun to whitewash the pine in low voc paint. (You can't leave the timber naked or it will go mouldy)
Step 5: Attach rope
Drill four holes close to each corner to attach the ropes through. Chop the rope into two even pieces, attach a rope to each side and tie into a triangle as pictured to the right.
Step 6: Mount pulleys.
Screw to wall two pulleys on the ceiling, spaced 90cm apart like the rack. One on the wall for the rope to run down, and the part to wrap the rope on in a place you can easily reach.
Step 7: Connect the ropes.
Thread the ropes through the pulleys. One rope through the one furtherest from the wall, both ropes through the second, and both ropes through the one on the side wall. Trim the rope to the appropriate length. Best to let the pulley rack down to where you will be lowering it to to fill it up, and then make sure there is enough rope to wrap on the wall hook. Trim, and tie a knot to keep the two ropes together.
You're all done...
Tip: You can hang more clothes on the rack if you use coat hangers!
Here's a video of us installing our rack: