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Whether you’re buying your first house or renovating it, one of the first things you’ll need is a Washing Line Pole for your laundry room. A DIY version of course!
When it comes to building your own laundry room in your home, there are many options. You can build an out-of-the-way one with a remote location, or you can opt for a central laundry room. How you have it will depend on how much money you want to spend and what kind of layout works best for your home. If you’re renovating your home, then an onsite laundry room may be the better option than an in-house solution.
However, if you live in a small space and want a more compact solution, then we’ve got some ideas on how to make a DIY washing line pole instead!
What is a Washing Line Pole?
A washing line pole is a type of laundry line that supports the weight of your washer, ensuring that it doesn’t fall to the ground. They’re usually made from metal, with a hook at the top, and come in different lengths. The longer the pole, the more stable it will be.
There are various reasons why you might want one for your home. For example, if you live in an apartment and don’t have a lot of space to dedicate to your laundry room or backyard, then a washing line pole can be an alternative.
You could also use one in place of having an outdoor clothesline. However, if you need to see your clothes while they’re drying so they don’t wrinkle too much on their own, then you may not want to use a washing line pole because there is nowhere to hang them up while they dry.
How to Make a DIY Washing Line Pole?
Start with a clothes washing pole. You can find these at any home improvement store and it is important that you choose a steel one instead of a wooden one. A steel pole will be more durable and easier to use.
Buy the materials needed for your DIY washing line pole. For example, if you want to make a screen door cover, then you’ll need a frame or metal wire mesh as well as some vinyl tape. Cut the wire mesh into desired size and shape, then cut out the vinyl tape to cover the edges of the mesh.
Attach the pieces together with wire ties to form an inverted U shape from the top of your DIY washing line pole down to the bottom of your screen door cover.
At this point, all you have left to do is add casters (like these) so that your DIY washing line pole can be easily moved around. If you don’t want to go through all of this trouble by making your own DIY washing line pole but still want one for your home, there are many great options available online!
Check out other people’s ideas on how they made their own DIY washing line poles and appropriate alternatives in case they didn’t have access to the tools or materials they wanted.
Materials you’ll need For Washing Line Pole
- 2x4s -Drill with a 1/4″ drill bit
- Wood screws
- Plywood cut to size
- Paint or stain of your choice
- Black electrical wire
Step 1: Measure and cut the wood
- First, To make the DIY washing line pole, you’ll need two 2x4s. Measure and cut them so that they are each 16 inches long. Next, measure and cut two 1x6s to be 24 inches long.
- Second, Cut the PVC pipe Take a 1-inch diameter PVC pipe and cut it in half. Now, use your utility knife to score a line down the center of each piece of pipe. Take one of the pipes and slide it into one of the 2x4s, then do the same with the other piece of pipe.
- Third, Attach screws to PVC pipe Now take your black (or dark) outdoor spray paint and paint one side of each piece of pipe so that you can see what you’re doing without having to hold them in your hands. Then flip them over so that their painted sides are facing down on top of your wood pieces. Screw them in using a screwdriver set with flat head screws until they are nice and tight against all four sides of your wood pieces.
- Fourth, Add legs to the support pole Take four short 1×6 boards from your lumber pile and attach them to just under where the bottom ends of both pieces meet at an angle on either side of your wood pieces.
- Fifth, Attach the clothesline pulley to the poles.
- Finally, take some rope or string from your home improvement.
Step 2: Join the pieces together
Take one of the two pieces you cut in Step First and attach it to the other with screws. You can use a small piece of wood to keep everything in place while you work.
Step 3: Attach the metal pipe and brackets to the pole
- Now, Attach the pipe to your washing machine
- Line the pole up with the wall to ensure it is straight
- The top of the pole should be about one foot from the ceiling
- Connect your washing machine’s start and end hoses to the metal pipe
- Put a bucket on the other end of your hose and hook it up to a faucet
- The last, most important step is to make sure that all of your brackets, pipes, and hoses are secure. To do this, you can use PVC glue. For example, if you want to attach a pipe to a bracket, first apply two thin coats of glue so that everything is nice and stuck together. This will prevent any potential leaks or misalignment issues.
Step 4: Add your desired finishing touches
First, you’ll want to decide which type of washing line pole you want. If you don’t know what you want, then a D-shaped pole is your best bet.
After deciding on the type of pole, decide on what style of finish you’d like: timber, plaster or paint.
Then comes the fun part!
You can add any finishing touches that you desire. You can add an extra piece with flowerpots or lighting, have an area for hooks or baskets and add extra shelving if needed!