The Best Clothes Drying Racks

Not all our clothes and linens are made for the dryer. Keep your favorite pieces looking brand-new with the right clothes drying rack for your space.

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February 23, 2022

Space is tight in my laundry room and finding enough places to hang my girls' and my dresses, my husband's work clothes, jeans and delicates can be a challenge. Add in a spot for laying sweaters to dry, and it's almost impossible. Practical drying racks are a must.

Depending on how flexible you need your drying solution to be, you'll choose from wall-mounted or freestanding. Wall-mounted options are more permanent. You won't have to find a place to store them when not in use, and they take advantage of typically unused vertical space. Freestanding racks are more versatile in their drying options, typically with additional shelves or hangers, and their mobility, being able to place them wherever you need them.

Also, consider what you'll be air drying. If you need the height for long dresses or duvet covers, be sure you can either mount the rack high enough on the wall or that your freestanding option has enough clearance.

Let's figure out the best clothes drying rack for your home and drying needs.

Most Versatile Drying Rack

Whether you need to lay sweaters flat or hang shirts and pants, this drying rack is flexible enough to tackle all your drying needs. The rack is made from durable stainless steel and has six retractable trays, two side wings and seven hooks.

Best Wall-Mounted Drying Rack

This space-saving design is easy to mount on your laundry room wall. Pull out the six-slotted rack when you need to air-dry, and then tuck it away when not needed. The classic and compact rack is a functional and stylish addition to your laundry room.

Best Drying Rack for Rentals

For a less permanent solution, opt for this clothes drying rack that hangs over the door. The flexible design offers three fold-out grids for 36 feet of hanging space or one grid to dry longer pieces. Fold everything down when not in use, and it stays completely out of the way. No tools required to install.

Best Expanding Drying Rack

This clever design tucks neatly under a shelf, which is handy for storing your laundry essentials, and then pulls out to reveal major drying space. The footprint doesn't take up a lot of your wall space, so you can add other elements, such as a spot to hang an ironing board.

Best Large-Capacity Drying Rack

If you don't want to add extra holes to your walls, look for a freestanding solution. This rolling rack has 13 bars and a bottom shelf to maximize your drying potential. When you want it out of the way, lift the shelf up and fold the frame for narrow storage.

Best Streamlined Drying Rack

If design is top priority when selecting even your most functional pieces, may we suggest this beauty? Clean-lined and oh-so-chic, this mission-style drying rack comes in a gray wash or charcoal finish. The wall-mounted rack has four rods for drying clothes.

Best Retractable Drying Rack

Sturdy and durable, this collapsible drying rack holds up to 220 pounds so you can load it down with wet clothes. When your clothes are dry, the rack folds back flat so that it doesn't take up any space. Made from aluminum, the rack is rust-resistant and can be hung in any number of places from the laundry room to a balcony to outside a window.

Best Tripod Drying Rack

With plenty of room for 30 garments, this drying rack is a clever addition to your laundry room. A simple push of a button expands it, and when you're done it's easy to collapse and store out of the way. Standing at 64 inches tall, you'll be able to hang even your longest dress or blankets to dry.

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