Displaying quilts and blankets just got cool again, thanks to this modern twist on a classic quilt rack. Our modern DIY quilt rack is made from stock wood and a dowel, then stained or painted your favorite shade. D-rings attached to the back make it easy to hang in a bedroom, hallway, or living room. So go ahead, show off a family heirloom or your latest quilting project—this rack ensures you'll do so in style.
Cut wood pieces according to cutting list:
Editor's Tip: Our measurements are based on the inside edge of the wood pieces. The outside edge will be roughly 1-1/2 inches longer to make up for the angled edges. All measurements can be customized to desired lengths.
Lay out wood pieces in a hexagon shape with the long pieces making up the vertical sides. Place the 45-degree cut ends together to make a right corner at the top and bottom. On the inside of the long pieces, mark 1-1/2 inches from the top. Use a 1/2-inch drill bit to make a hole on each side where the dowel will connect the two sides. Use a paintbrush to apply wood glue to the drilled-out holes, then insert dowel. Sand all the pieces and wipe away any dust with a damp cloth.
Construct the top and bottom right corners by placing a piece of masking tape on the outside of the corner to make a "hinge." Then apply glue to both cut sides and press together. Place tape on top to press the pieces together as they dry, approximately 30 minutes.
Connect the other corners with the same technique as used in Step 2 to assemble all the pieces of the whole rack. Let dry completely.
Hammer finishing nails into corners to secure the frame. Use 1-2 nails at each corner. Remove tape as you work your way around the perimeter of the frame.
Fill nail holes with wood putty using a putty knife; let dry. Sand away any excess glue and wood filler and then wipe off any residual dust. Stain or paint desired color. Attach D-ring hooks to back of rack and hang on wall.
Editor's tip: When you're selecting wood putty for this project, opt for stainable wood filler if you plan on staining the wood. You can also select wood filler that is stained; if this is the case, choose a filler that most closely resembles the end result of your stain (not the color of your wood).