A convenient and pretty way to store and display your blankets, this DIY quilt rack is made up of 3 rectangles of wood.
Remember my simple blanket rack I shared with you about a month ago? I love it and it’s absolutely perfect for my family room, but I wanted to try a second blanket rack – a double hanging one – in case there were those of you that wanted more of a display rack than just a storage one.
Today I’m sharing my building plans for a DIY quilt rack – double hanging.
The inspiration for my double quilt rack came from this picture I found online:
This might be more appropriate for towels, and it’s made of metal, but I liked the concept and the clean square foot on the bottom of the rack.
I took that idea and made it larger (and out of wood) and it came down to a matter of 3 rectangles.
DIY quilt rack / double blanket rack
All pieces are made from 2″ x 2″ lumber planed down to 1 ¼” x 1 ¼” (3.18 x 3.18cm) thickness.
(4) cross bars at 1 ¼” x 1 ¼” x 36″. (3.18 x 3.18cm x 91cm)
(2) verticals at 1 ¼” x 1 ¼” x 33 ½” (3.18 x 3.18cm x 85cm)
(2) verticals at 1 ¼” x 1 ¼” x 19″. (3.18 x 3.18cm x 48.25cm)
(2) base fronts at 1 ¼” x 1 ¼” x 15″. (3.18 x 3.18cm x 38cm)
(2) base sides at 1 ¼” x 1 ¼” x 12 ½” (3.18 x 3.18cm x 31.75cm)
(2) cross braces (not shown) 1 ¼” x 1 ¼” x 9″. (3.18 x 3.18cm x 22.86cm) set these aside for now
I started by building the three rectangles out – see measurements above. I’m currently enrolled in cabinetmaking school so I joined my sides to the upper and lower cross sections with mortise and tenon joints, but you could (more easily) use pocket holes hidden underneath, or straight wood screws drilled in from the top/bottom.
Use wood glue and 1 ½” pocket screws – or pre-drill and use 2″ wood screws to attach everything together.
Once your rectangles are glued and screwed, mark you base 3″ in from the edge of the long (15″ / 38cm) side. Repeat on the other side. This will be the inset that you will place the racks onto the base at.
I attached the blanket rectangles to the base using 2″ wood screws drilled up from the bottom of the base so you wouldn’t see them.
Once I had both quilt rack rectangles in place, I noticed that the two splayed slightly – the gap between the pieces will be 9″ at the bottom, but was more like 15″ by the time you reached the top. For this reason, I decided to add the short cross braces between the top of the smaller rectangle to the appropriate height on the larger rectangle. Again, I used wood glue and 2″ wood screws to attach everything together.
I didn’t stain this one because I wasn’t sure where I was going to put it at first, so I didn’t know what furniture I wanted it to match with. As it turns out Miss Madison ended up wanting it and painted it black to go with her room. (not shown)
This DIY quilt rack / double blanket rack will easily hold 6 blankets – more if you pile them.
I think, of the two quilt racks that I made, this one is prettier – I really love the look of it – but the other is more space friendly taking up a smaller footprint.
Either way you go they are an easy build and a great way to both store and display all of your cozy winter blankets – or summer towels.
Now go get building!
Have a great one!