ISSUE 34  |  San Francisco Finds

Domestic Science: Best Drying Rack from Columbia, Missouri

August 25, 2011 3:30 PM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

Summer in New England is hot and humid, and towels seem permanently damp, always on the verge of mildew. This year, I became obsessed with tracking down a vintage-style towel drying rack that would encourage my teenagers to hang their beach towels outside the back door. I embarked on an internet search and was delighted to discover the Best Drying Rack, reminiscent of drying racks of yore (indeed, the design is based on a drying rack that owner Greg Baka found in an antique store). 

Above: The arrival of the Best Drying Rack has reaffirmed what I have always known: “When things are simple and easy to use, people (teens included) actually use them.” Made in the US of maple hardwood dowels and corrosion-resistant steel, the Best Drying Rack features stable tripod construction; $79.00. 

Above: The Best Drying Rack provides 24 feet of hanging capacity and can accommodate a dozen beach towels. When open, the Best Drying Rack measures 52 inches in diameter and 38 inches tall; when closed, it’s 8 inches in diameter and 27 inches tall.

Above: The Best Drying Rack features solid maple dowels and zinc-coated steel components. Best Drying Rack is committed to small-scale US manufacturing; in fact, you can join them on their Clothespin Challenge as they search for clothespins made in America to sell on their site.

Nothing beats the smell of fresh laundry hung on the line. See Made in Canada: World’s Best Laundry Pulley and hang your laundry on the line.