Published on July 29th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Oleby airing your clothes

Materials: Oleby shoe rack, wood glue, saw, small clamps

Description: I decided that I wanted to create a simple set of shelves to air my clothes in the boiler cupboard. Suitably polished wood of the right size size is surprisingly expensive so I decided to take the IKEA Hacker route and bash a flatpack into my designs. Here’s how:

1) Purchase 1 Oleby pack for each shelf you wish to create
2) Open 1 pack at a time

3) Cut through the support dowels 2 bars from one end, remove these bars and down portions – these will be used as the shelf supports
4) Place the two shelf portions wide edge together and glue the two removed bars at 90 degrees to secure the shelf together
5) Turn the legs upside down and trim the base to achieve the desired height
6) Slide the legs onto the shelf and place in the desired position

7) repeat steps 3 – 6 for each shelf, gluing the legs in position above the previous ones

Note that due to poor tolerances and large difference in the position of each bar it may be necessary to enlarge the gap in the legs to better position a straight upright

See more of the Oleby airing rack.

~ Andrew Williams

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Jules Yap

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6 Responses to Oleby airing your clothes

  1. Alex Gagar says:

    Yes it is difficult to repair but we can never deny about these uses that we get to air our clothst!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Electric fires happen often. It’s also going to be a pain to fix your water heater if it breaks..

  3. Anonymous says:

    Fires don’t choose what type of heat makes them burn.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s electric. It’s good.

  5. Anonymous says:

    IA, this is a huge fire hazard. I know two people who’s houses caught on fire due to water heater issues & this just seems like it could be a serious problem.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Nice idea for airing clothes. Hope you are not storing clothes there, however. Chance of fire with flamable items being stored in front of a gas water heater. Even the empty shelves could be a fire hazard and may even be a violation of your local building code. Be safe. Check it out.

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