How to Build a Laundry Drying Cabinet

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Things You'll Need

  • Wardrobe

  • Dehumidifier with top-mounted air discharge

  • Electric drill

  • Drill bit

  • Metal rack

  • Hanging hardware

  • Screws

Laundry drying cabinets have been popular in European countries for years, but are now becoming more common in U.S. homes. The laundry drying cabinet is a ventilated closet space with an energy-efficient heater located on the bottom for drying clothes that are not meant to go into a tumble dryer. Building your own laundry drying cabinet can be an alternative to letting your clothes air dry.


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Step 1

Place a wardrobe in your laundry room near an outlet and a floor drain. Drill two holes in the back of the wardrobe with an electric drill and a drill bit.

Step 2

Set a dehumidifier in the bottom of the wardrobe. Make sure the dehumidifier is centered and is not touching the sides or door of the wardrobe when it is closed. Send the plug of the dehumidifier out the hole in the back of the wardrobe and the water run-off hose out the other. Run the hose to the drain in the laundry room floor.


Step 3

Attach a metal rack to the wardrobe about 6 to 8 inches above the dehumidifier using hanging hardware and screws. The metal rack will prevent any clothes from falling on and covering the dehumidifier, which could cause a fire hazard.


Step 4

Place damp clothes on hangers, and hang them from the clothes bar in the wardrobe. Turn the dehumidifier on to a low setting to test the humidity level needed to efficiently dry your clothes. Close the wardrobe door.

Step 5

Check the dryness of your clothes in a few hours. If they are still very damp, turn the dehumidifier up. Check the hose to make sure it is draining properly.


You may need to drill a few small holes in the top of the front of the wardrobe for venting.


Placing any appliance in an enclosed space can be a fire hazard. Operate at your own risk.

If you are uncertain whether your model of dehumidifier is suited to this purpose, consult a professional dehumidifier manufacturer or repairman.


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Gabrielle Black

Gabrielle Black has been a professional writer, artist and designer since 2002. Her theatrical designs, puppet design and construction have been featured in "Theatre Design & Technology" magazine and she has written numerous articles for various websites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Idaho, both in stage design and painting.