Lowe’s Creative Ideas challenge for November is sprucing up the guest room. So, it’s all ready for your visit! Pack a suitcase because I whipped up a pretty DIY luggage rack:
Materials I used:
- Three poplar 1in x 2in x 6 ft (they really measure 3/4 x 1-1/2 inch)
- One 3/4 x 36 inch square dowel
- 24″ by 16″ fabric
- Twelve 1-1/4 inch pocket hole screws
- Two 3-1/2 inch machine screws with washers/nuts
- Valspar Spray Paint + Primer
Tools I used:
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
- Sanding block
- Sewing machine
I cut the poplar and dowel as follows:
- Two 25″ long pieces of poplar (tops)
- Four 20″ long pieces of poplar (legs)
- One 19″ dowel (cross beam)
- One 16″ dowel (cross beam)
Next, I painted my wood pieces. (You may want to wait until you have frames assembled. I had to do paint touch ups after assembly because of pocket holes.)
Using my Kreg Jig I drilled pocket holes into each of the four legs on the 2″ end (2 holes each) and each end of both dowel rods.
Drill a hole into the each leg piece in the center on the short side (10″ down).
Outside frame: Attach one 20″ leg to the 25″ top using two screws as shown measuring in 1 1/2 inch. Repeat with the other side.
Then the dowel as shown.
* My pocket holes are facing out. They’re more noticeable if they’re on the inside when the luggage rack is unfolded.
Repeat the above steps for the inside frame piece EXCEPT attach legs 3 inches in on the 25″ top piece (or lay out on top of inside frame and make sure one set of frame legs fits inside the other for folding).
*This is where I’d paint the frames instead of beforehand like I did.
Now, cross (sort of tuck) the smaller frame into the larger frame above the dowel. You may need to loosen the larger frame’s dowel a little to get it to fit properly.
Insert the 3 1/2 inch machine screw into the pre-drilled hole through both frame legs on each side. Secure with a nut on the inside.
Cut fabric rectangle measuring 24 x 16 inches. Fold, iron and hem all borders. (My seam allowance is 1 inch on the short ends, 1/2 inch on the long ends.)
Staple short ends to under side of top frame pieces (between legs).
Open and guest ready:
Folded and easily stored:
More ideas to be guest room ready:
- a variety of magazines to the night stand
- freshly laundered sheets and towels
- a comfy throw blanket
- fresh flowers
- alarm clock
- easy access to outlet for chargers
- extra toiletries
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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project challenge, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own.