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Homestead Drying Racks (the best drying rack I’ve ever used!)

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The last clothes drying rack I bought was a lightweight affair. True, I did need a place to dry clothes during the winter when my fingers got just a little cold from hanging clothes out on the line when it was sub-zero temperatures and blizzarding. Hanging clothes all over my house wasn’t a thing of joy — clothes draped over the shower rod, over chair backs, on improvised clotheslines slung from here to there. So I bought my lightweight (and not-so-cheap) wooden drying rack. But it was relatively small and clothing that was wet and heavy, such as jeans, flannel shirts, and towels, soon took their toll on the flimsy rack. That was years ago, and I’ve never replaced it, until now!

Wow, Homestead production’s drying rack is a horse of a different color! The horizontal dowels are much thicker and the whole affair is larger. Will took one look and quickly got down to business, putting it together so I could use it. (True, he’s one of those “who needs directions” kind of guys, but even with a few “what the hecks,” he got it put together within two hours’ time, with minimal tools and no cussing.)

Once assembled, my mind took off with possibilities! Not only would that rack hold a good amount of clothes at a time, but I could also lay screens full of food to dehydrate across the dowels. Many of them! And I could dry herbs…and fleeces…and… The possibilities are endless! (Oh, it does dry clothes very well, too! Even blankets and quilts.) And, although it’s large, it accordion-folds down so that it stores in a relatively small spot — a bonus when you don’t have a large home!

The rack retails for $149, plus shipping, and is worth every penny. (I’ve had several friends over to visit, and they all exclaimed over how great the rack is and that they will be ordering one soon.)

Homestead Productions is a small, family-run homestead business in Wisconsin. You can contact them at N3536 Greenwood Road, Hortonville, WI 54944, or check out their website,

4 Responses to “Homestead Drying Racks (the best drying rack I’ve ever used!)”

  1. Abby Jo @ Forgotten Way Farms Says:

    Hello Jackie,
    I’m so glad you like the rack! When my husband and designed it we wanted it to be a workhorse, I’m with on all the all the possibilities. The new owners homestead productions @ homestead drying are doing a great job carrying on the torch.

    Just a note the shipping is included in the $149.00 price.

    Daniel & Abby Jo @ Forgotten Way

  2. Peggy Says:

    You will love using that rack. I’ve had mine for over a year and its wonderful. My daughter took one look and had to have one for herself. It sure was a lifesaver during the winter.

  3. Rhonda Says:

    YES! I agree 100%! I got the big Homesteader rack last year and it is GREAT! You can hang a whole load of was on it. I love mine! Good people to deal with too.

  4. Michelle Says:

    i am still using my mom’s drying rack from the 1950s…….a Rid-Jid wooden rack. It’s still far superior than anything I have seen in the mass discount stores. Its large and not as top heavy to tip like the newer flimsy ones.

    if it ever wears out the Homesteaders looks like a good replacement.

    But I will probably pass the Rid-Jid down to my kids and grandkids at this rate!!!

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