Modern Quilt Rack

Difficulty
Beginner
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About Project

A modern style quilt rack, featuring tabletop space on top.

The area behind our couch was sadly lacking. We needed a multifunction piece of furniture that could display our heirloom furniture, serve as an entry table catchall, and add space for drinks and decor. I came up with this plan when we couldn't find an adequate piece to buy, and it's the first thing I designed and built all on my own! We love it, and all the function it provides. Overall the cost was around $30 for the lumber, screws, and paint.The area behind our couch was sadly lacking. We needed a multifunction piece of furniture that could display our heirloom furniture, serve as an entry table catchall, and add space for drinks and decor. I came up with this plan when we couldn't find an adequate piece to buy, and it's the first thing I designed and built all on my own! We love it, and all the function it provides. Overall the cost was around $30 for the lumber, screws, and paint.

Dimensions
Dimensions: 72″ long, 29.5″ high, 9.25″ wide

Preparation

Shopping List

• 3 – 1x10x6′ boards
• 1 – 6′ long dowel rod (I chose the 1″ thickness)
• 1 – 2×2 @ 24″ (you can use scrap 2×2′s, 4×4′s, or whatever else for the feet. You’ll need six 4″ long pieces)
• 3/4″ screws (about 50)

Cut List

• 2 – 1×10′s @ 72″ (no cutting on these, yay!)
• 3 – 1×10 @ 24″
• dowel @ 70.5″ (I’d cut this last, and measure the distance just to be safe)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Level
Drill Bit Set

Instructions

Step 1

*If you have a hole saw bit (we happened to have one available that was 1 1/4″ thick) this step is easier. If you don’t, you can trace the edge of your rod onto the board and use a jigsaw. Please don’t judge me and my hole. It’s not centered, or 4 1/2″ down in this image. I just tried to whip up a visual really quick, and Sketchup hates me.

Grab one of your 24″ long 1×10′s. Find the center of the board, and measure 4 1/2″ down. Mark the center of your hole. Drill it out, and make sure your rod fits through.

While you’re measuring, you should go ahead and find that same center dot on your two 24″ long end boards that aren’t getting a hole. Predrill/Countersink the holes, this is what will secure your dowel.

Step 2

Build the box.

Start by pre-drilling/countersinking your holes on the two ends. Then measure 36″ to the center and predrill for your center (the one with the cutout) board.

• IMPORTANT! Screw your 2 end boards in first, then slide your dowel through the middle board before drilling it in place. It is nearly impossible to fit it in after you screw the center board down.

The easiest way I found to piece it together was by laying one of the long boards on the ground, stacking the 3 short boards on top (only 1 end has to be in the right position right now, so the rest are just to balance and level it) and setting the second long board on top. Screw in the two ends, slip your dowel through your center board, then drill it in too. Flip over, and repeat on the bottom board.

Using the marks you made in step 1, line up your dowel and drill a screw in from the outside into the dowel, check for level on both ends.

Step 3

Attach your feet. I used 3 screws per foot, so they wouldn’t twist. But my feet were 3×3 table legs, so you can probably get away with just 1 or 2 if you’re using a 2×2. I propped the box up on the four feet, then just drilled down into them.

Voila! Now you have a slim-lined, modern way to display quilts or store afghans and throws for your couch. you can even stack bins on the bottom shelf, or use it for shoe storage. Toss a basket and a few candles on top, and you’re ready to go!

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