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9 Best Hanging Racks for the Laundry Room

Extend the life of your clothes with space-saving, eco-friendly laundry room hanging racks for air drying.

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Best All-Around Laundry Hanging Rack

Going up instead of out, the compact Minky Homecare Three-Tier Plus drying rack makes the most of vertical space, holding two loads of laundry at once. With wider crossbars to optimize air circulation — translating into faster drying times — the Minky also has four flip-out corners to hold 12 extra hangers.

For families with small children, rest assured the rack’s double auto-locking system and non-slip feet add stability and safety. It won’t tip over like many lesser quality racks can.

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Best Laundry Room Hanging Rack for Delicates

Let’s mention your unmentionables. The Whitmor Clip and Drip is a handy way to drip-dry your delicates and other small garments. Suspend the hanger over any shower curtain rod, clothesline, garment rack, sink or tub. The circular eight-ounce frame rotates 360 degrees for easy access.

The 16 clips hold your freshly laundered things tightly, preventing them from ending up on the floor. The hanger collapses in half to store or take traveling.

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Best Heavy-Duty Laundry Room Hanging Rack

Whether you’ve got blankets, duvet covers or athletic trainers, the Honey-Can-Do heavy-duty drying rack with extra-strong steel support arms can easily handle 50 pounds of laundry. The rack configures into six positions to create a hefty drying area of up to 46 linear feet, yet folds down to a slim three inches.

Besides the standard-style rods, it has a mesh sweater shelf and a spot for shoes and boots. It’s even been known to dry finger paintings and freshly made pasta noodles!

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Best Wall-Mounted Laundry Room Hanging Rack

At first glance, you might not realize this cottage-style wall shelf is actually a drying rack. The Danya B accordion clothes drying rack is our pick for best wall-mounted rack for its good looks and clever functionality.

The versatile extending rack has 10 wooden dowels along with five coat hooks at the bottom. It can be hung in the laundry room or bathroom. Made of wood painted with a water-resistant white finish, it comes with mounting brackets and screws for easy installation.

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Best Over-the-Door Laundry Room Hanging Rack

Strong steel construction designed to fit over any door — no hardware needed — the mDesign over-door foldable laundry drying rack is a tiny home, apartment or dorm dweller’s dream. The tiered design, with two shelves of five rods each, is generously sized (20 inches x 18-3/4 inches x 47-1/2 inches) yet lightweight.

With plenty of room to air-dry sweaters, pants, towels, linens and swimwear, the rack folds flat to store almost anywhere. It comes in four metal finishes.

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Best Portable Laundry Hanging Rack

Most of the racks on this list collapse to some degree or another. But the Sagler Saganizer foldable clothes drying rack breaks down into three individual pieces (tripod stand, extending arms and telescoping aluminum pole) to fit into a handbag or tote.

The slim rack holds up to 36 hangers to air dry shirts and pants. Its relatively small footprint, much like a floor lamp, is perfect when space is limited, such as in a narrow hallway or balcony.

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Best Budget Laundry Hanging Rack

Classic and straightforward, the indoor/outdoor Ikea FROST drying rack is simple to set up, fold away, store and maintain. Made of pigmented polyethylene powder-coated steel with a UV protector to reduce cracks and rust, it wipes clean with a soft cloth dampened with mild soap and water.

The series of vertical and horizontal bars make maximum use of space. It’s just as functional in the basement as it is on a sunny terrace. And if that weren’t enough, it costs less than $15.

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Best Wooden Laundry Hanging Rack

Made of sustainable natural bamboo, the Household Essentials tall indoor folding wooden clothes drying rack is a streamlined alternative that’s good for the environment.

A little more substantial than those made of wire, this laundry rack has 11 rods to give you up to 25 feet of drying space. The angled feet offer better stability. No assembly required — just put it up and you’re good to go.

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Best Ceiling-Mounted Laundry Hanging Rack

Nearly every self-respecting British man or woman can tout the wonders of drying racks on pulleys. Now North Americans can too.

The Sheila Maid hanging laundry drying rack is suspended from the ceiling where warm air is often trapped, moving up to dry and down to load and unload via an ingenious rope and pulley system. Make full use of otherwise wasted overhead space with this 45 inch x 23 inch rack, available in black and white.

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a freelance travel, lifestyle and digital content writer based in a medieval hill town in central Italy. Her work has been featured in such publications as Fodor's, The Telegraph, Walks of Italy, Italy Magazine,, Touring Bird (via [email protected]) and more. Most recently she authored the 2020 edition of DK Eyewitness Sicily travel guide. When Toni is not roaming around Europe, you'll find her tending her alley-side container garden or honing her clay-court tennis game.