Unexpected Favorite: Vintage Drying Rack

updated Jun 4, 2019
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When I found this vintage laundry drying rack, I thought looked unusual, charming, and potentially useful. Little did I know just what a handy kitchen tool it would become. Click through to see my very favorite use for it…

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The wooden rack consists of five arms that can be folded up to save space when not in use … but I find in my kitchen it’s almost always in use! Two of the arms have names penciled on them – Peggy and Sandy. I could erase the names but I like how they add to the history of the piece.

I use the rack to dry dish towels, plastic bags, herbs, and – my favorite – strands of homemade pasta. (Pictured below is a batch of beet fettuccine.)

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I purchased the vintage rack at Lawson-Fenning East in Los Angeles. It may be hard to find this exact one but there are similar reproduction racks available.

Find it:
Popular Eight Arm Wall Clothes Dryer, $22.95 at Lehman’s
Reproduction Vintage Drying Rack, $22.98 at Wireless Catalog