How to Build a Modern Quilt Rack

This is not your grandma's quilt rack. Geometric lines and a sleek design bring this DIY wood quilt rack into the modern age.

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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. 

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What You Need

  • 2 inch x 2 inch x 8 foot stock wood
  • Miter saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • 5/8-inch wood dowel, 16 inches long
  • Wood glue
  • Artists paintbrush
  • Sandpaper
  • Damp cloth
  • Masking tape
  • Glue
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer
  • Wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • Desired stain or paint (we used Minimax Classic Gray Wood Stain)
  • Paintbrush
  • D-ring hooks

Before You Begin: Cut Wood to Size

Cut wood pieces according to cutting list:

  • 17-1/2 inches long, 22-1/2 degree cuts at both ends (2)
  • 11-1/2 inches long, 22-1/2 degree cut at one end, 45-degree cut at other end (4)

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. 

Step 1: Add Dowel

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.

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Step 2: Construct Right Corners

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.

Step 3: Connect Other Corners

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.

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Step 4: Add Nails

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. 

Step 5: Fill Holes

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).

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