Surprise! A Hidden Drying Rack That Holds 27 Items

We've mentioned our love for drying racks a time or two (OK, probably more!), but what we love more than anything is someone who takes steps to incorporate them into their home. This rack is hidden out of sight, but when you pull it out it holds an amazing 27 items, assuming you're not doubling anything up! That's 27 items!

Levi Strauss recently held a design competition in efforts to find a better way to dry your jeans. Over the life of the product 60% of the energy consumed to make, use and launder their products happens at home with the consumer. Many of the designs were aimed at green home drying racks and we especially love this hidden design that doesn't scream, "Look over here—I'm doing my laundry!"

The design looks easy enough to create at home, and although it opens, slides down and fold out, all you really need to make one yourself is a drill, a few hinges, a canvas and wood in the form of boards and dowels. You might also need a little string, eye hooks and possibly a router.

Although it might seem daunting, I'm sure we've all watched enough Trading Spaces to grasp the basic concept and use it for our own home. If you're worried about heavier clothing, you could always make a leg that props the front of the rack up to help distribute the weight. Although it probably wouldn't pack up into the little picture frame on the wall, it could easily slide under a nearby sofa or stashed in a closet.

Check out more of the Levi's finalists here.

Image: Levi Strauss