How To Build A Sturdy & Collapsible Saddle Rack

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Cost of Supplies: $15 (less if you make a rack for only 1 or 2 saddles)

Time to build:  1 1/2 hours

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I don’t have a tack room and got tired of my saddles getting all bent out of shape when I would just plop them onto the ground to store.  I needed a place to keep them that was safe and off of the floor.  Unfortunately, my house is very tiny so space was limited, which is why I wanted something that could be ‘collapsed’ if need be.  I absolutely LOVE this saddle rack….and so do my saddles…..and blankets…and bridles….and whatever else I hang off em’! 🙂

Don’t let the pic fool you….this was SOOOOOO easy to make!!

Tools

  • Hand Drill with bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Chop Saw
  • Sander
  • Tape Measure

Supplies

  • One 2×6 at approximately 6ft long (this is the ‘brace’ along the wall the saddle ‘posts’ will be mounted to)
  1. Two 2x4s for each saddle ‘post’ (I had 3 saddle posts so I needed six 2x4s)at approximately 2ft 1in (long enough for your saddles to sit on)
  2. Three J-hooks (also called rope or tarp binding hooks)
  3. Two wood screws for each J hook (I had three J-hooks so I needed six screws) at about 1 1/4in long
  4. Three eye bolts
  5. Some 3in wood screws (for screwing ‘posts’ together and for mounting ‘brace’ to wall)

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Optional:  Sand all wood pieces before beginning (I did this and it gave the rack a ‘finished’ look)

First, take the 6ft 2×6 brace…

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And screw it into the wall with the 3in screws

(For a cleaner look I countersunk my screws, but that’s optional)

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*Countersink-A hole with the top part enlarged so that the head of a screw or bolt will lie flush with or below the surface

When countersinking, make sure the drill bit you use is at least the same size around or larger as the head of the screw that you are using

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Now find where you want your posts for the saddles to hang, and screw in the eyebolts.

(Drill a pilot hole where the eyebolt will go to make it easier when screwing  the eyebolt into the wood )

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When drilling the pilot hole, make sure the drill bit you use is slightly SMALLER than the screw threads on eyebolt

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Now screw the eyebolt into the pilot hole you just made.  A screwdriver works great to help twist the eyebolt in

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Screw together the 2x4s with your 3in screws, these will be the posts that the saddles will sit on.  The finished posts should look like a ‘T’

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Hold the post up exactly how you want it to hang, positioning the J-hook exactly where it needs to be, and mark the screw holes with a pen.  Then screw in the J-hook with the 1 1/4in long screws.

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This is how it should look when finished!

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Tip:  If posts wobble from side to side, the wood was cut slightly crooked.  This happened to me so I just straightened it out by trimming off a little with the saw.  You will have to reposition the J-hook after re-cutting.

It was so easy, I just HAD to make another one for my, ehemmm…future saddles! 😉

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Happy building!

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5 Responses to How To Build A Sturdy & Collapsible Saddle Rack

  1. Karen says:

    I love this! What a great idea TeeDiddlyDee! 🙂

  2. Brandy says:

    Made two of these today for our tack room, they came out super great, convenient to use, look clean on the wall, don’t take up much space. Planning on installing one or two more in the very near future. Thank you for the ideas! We did adjust some of the measurements to allow more room between the saddles, I thought it looked a little cluttered with them right on top of each other.

  3. Thank you – the kiss rule – keep it simple stupid. thanks so much.

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