Barnhacker: How to Make and Hang a DIY Drying Bar

You can’t have too many drying bars around the barn. Lindsay Rausch recently installed one in her house and shows us how it can be done, quickly, easily and cheaply.

From Lindsay:

There are so many times around the barn where it would just be nice to have a bar to hang items from, be it jackets or horsey equipment that needs to dry out. In our house my husband created a clothes rod above our dryer using parts from the local hardware store from the plumbing isle.

Here’s what you need:

– Long all-thread piece

– 2 Nuts

– Split ring pipe hanger (check the size fit for the rod piece that you plan to use)

– Ceiling plate

– 2 Screws

The height off the ceiling can be determined by the length of the all-thread pieces. The ceiling plate comes in copper and silver color, and this assembly could be painted to match d├ęcor.

To Assemble:

1. Mark the locations for the plates to attach to the ceiling.

2. Cut all thread to length.

3. Use two screws to mount the ceiling plate (copper piece).

4. Thread a nut onto the all thread piece about an inch.

5. Thread the all-thread piece into the ceiling plate, and once it is in position screw the nut up to be tight against the ceiling plate.

6. Thread the second nut onto the all thread.

7. Thread the hanger onto the all thread and tighten the second nut against the hanger.

8. At this point loosen the hangers and insert your rod.

Best of luck on your DIY project!


Editor’s note: After reading Lindsay’s piece my husband and I felt inspired to hang a bar in our basement to hang all my riding clothes on — it saves closet space and it’s great to have everything in one place when I’m scrambling to get ready for a show. So I can attest, the project is easy-peasy and cheap to boot! Thanks, Lindsay.

About the Author: Lindsay learned to ride as a kid from her mom who had been a trainer and horsemanship instructor in a previous life. Lindsay and her husband own a 10.5 acre hobby farm and keep a few cows and are making room for horses on the property. The work on the farm is almost exclusively been done by the two of them from remodeling the old farm house, installing fencing and making a small campsite for friends and family. There are many projects that they have done that can be of benefit to the horse nation; for other non-farm/horse projects you can follow her at


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