My Wife Has A Nice Rack

rack1.jpgToday’s been a very long day. I woke up to the phone ringing at 8 am. It was a recording telling me they were sorry I missed them and to call them during their normal business hours. I have no idea who them is or what their phone number is. I guess it’s top secret or something. After the third call in 30 minutes (with the same recording playing in my ear) I decided I may as well get up and start my day. The phone didn’t ring again all day. It figures.

I spent most of the morning restoring an older theme on my slobokan site. I decided I wanted to put that theme back up so I updated parts of it that were quite dated. I last used the theme in 2006, so it needed a little bit of updating.

When I finished the theme, I went downstairs to work on the “rack”. Yes, my wife’s nice beautiful rack. The original design had it hanging from the rafters in the basement, but we quickly realized that once the rack was up she wouldn’t be able to move furniture or anything else into her work room because the rack would be in the way, and unmovable at that.


I ended up building her a nice mobile version that sits on four heavy duty wheels and is quite sturdy. I tried tipping it over to no avail, so I am sure it can handle any fabric rolls she chooses to put on it. In these photos we were testing with her pattern papers and such, because they are the heaviest things we have at the moment.


The design is quite simple, using five two-by-fours, four sections of electrical conduit, 4 sets of closet rod holders, and a few screws and nails. It took about 3 hours to complete mostly because I had the “help” of all three kids.

After we finished the Gidget’s beautiful new rack, we ate dinner and now we’re all collapsing. It was a very tiring day, but very much worth it in the end. The one she saw in the catalog (shown above in the small photo) starts at $700. The one I made her cost less than $50. Although it won’t hold as many rolls, it can support rolls 72 inches wide and will have bins in the bottom of it to store fabric scraps and whatever else one would store with a huge rack like that.

Well, that’s it for tonight, I am outta here. I will sleep well tonight knowing my wife has a nice, new, big, beautiful rack.

4 thoughts on “My Wife Has A Nice Rack

  1. That turned out very nice. I was wondering what it would look like. My mum-in-law sometimes does sewing work (she has a room dedicated to it), but doesn’t have any way to store bolts of material … this is ideal. I may have to steal your design and build a similar one for her.

    BTW … I very cool telephone booth in the background!

    • I’m really glad we changed the original design. My wife is planning to re-upholster our couch, and if I had built the rack from the ceiling, there would have been no way to get the couch in or out of her work room. That would have been horrible.

      The phone booth is something my mother-in-law purchased many years ago. Every time we went to her house the kids played inside of it, so she gave it to us for them to play in. Now they are a bit older, and it makes the perfect fabric storage room (keeps the dust and everything else off the fabric).

  2. I am sooooooooo jealous!!!! I have bolts propped up against walls. Do you have a pattern drawn of that? Ryan could build it for me. Any ideas for folded yardage storage? šŸ˜‰

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