*Last Updated: May 2024

How To Make A DIY Hose Reel


Every gardener knows how important it is to have a hose reel. It is necessary for big and small gardens alike to have access to plenty of water. And we can all agree that a hose is the most economical and most straightforward way you can water your garden. It is equally important to store the hose properly.

A DIY hose reel is easy to achieve. You first need to build a spindle with the right materials and then the frame, attach the rebar, create the handle, and then paint your new hose reel. An important step is to ensure that it is finally connected to a water source.

A hose reel helps you properly put away your hose once you are done watering the garden. Below are the steps you can take when making your DIY hose reel.

Pro Tip: If you’re not a DIY expert, check out an automatic garden hose reel– they make it super easy to roll out and roll up your hose after watering your garden and fresh grass seed.


What Are They?

Generally, a hose reel is a simple structure that can wind the hose around for storage when not used. It provides an effective way to protect the hose from various elements. Moreover, if the expandable hose is left in a bundled-up mess, it is easily damaged and deteriorates working conditions.

Besides being a helpful and functional feature, it also plays a role in garden aesthetics. It could be used as a design feature and prevent unsightly dead spots that would be the case if the hose was to be left lying about. Since you can buy the hose reels in any home store, a DIY project is a better option for many homeowners.

Basic Steps for Building a DIY Hose Reel

The above video is a great guide, but you can also check out this portable design option from Instructables.

What you need:

  • Sandpaper
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Power drill
  • Hammer
  • A drill

Step 1: Build a spindle

A sizeable wooden wire spool makes an easy spindle for the project. You can cheaply get one from any hardware. A typical wire spindle is around 20 to 25 inches in diameter which will work well for a 25-to-50-foot hose. For those longer than this, you should consider a 36-inch diameter wire spindle.

Step 2: Build a frame

The frame you build will depend on the type of hose reel you are making. You will need to purchase treated lumber, and its quantity depends on the plan you are using. Treated lumber is used to make the supporting frame holding the wooden spindle.

Step 3: Attach rebar

Rebar is instrumental for your DIY hose reel. First, get the measurements of the rebar and drill holes into the lumber base. Afterward, thread the rebar into the holes and then through the center of the wooden spindle. This will allow easy movement of the spool.

Step 4: Create a handle

For the handle, you can use wood screws and a wood dowel.

Step 5: Paint

Painting is among the final steps. You can paint the hose reel with the desired color. You should also consider weather-proofing it, so it doesn’t easily splinter or flake due to rainwater.

Step 6: Connect to water storage.

With the paint sufficiently dried, and the hose attached, you can now connect it to a fixture to ensure easy water access. Again, allow for enough slack so the hose can easily spin when you need to use it.

Pro Tip: You can connect a hose to a digital water timer if you want to increase the rate and accuracy at which your garden is watered. Connecting a hose to a water timer is a quick and easy way to increase the efficiency of your watering cycle. If you want to create a waterfall from your hose, you can even connect the hose to the water timer. It is easy to set up and you can use it in your garden to create beautiful summer scenes.

Types of DIY Styles

homemade hose reel

You need first to decide the type of DIY hose reel you intend to make. The different designs include hideaway hose reels, carts, mobile hose reels, and stationary options.

Stationary Reel

A stationary hose reel is typically the type that cannot move. Therefore, they are the easiest to make. Stationary hose reels can either be wall-mounted or stand with a stable base. Also, they feature a simple manual crank design that you can spin, and it winds the hose around it. Finally, ensure your stationary hose reel is planted around a spigot for easy water access.

Mobile reel

The mobile hose reel is made like a stationary reel. The only difference is that it can be moved around. In addition, this hose reel comes fitted with a carry handle and wheels for easy transportation.

On carts

When it comes to carts, they resemble the mobile hose reel but are built on a horizontal surface such as a cart or a table. This type of design makes an excellent option for those who intend to tot many specialty hose attachments and other garden tools.

Hideaway style

These are easy to make and work to cover your existing stationary hose decoratively.

Summing Up

Hose reels have become garden essentials thanks to their functionality. And now, you can easily make one for your garden. If you want to keep your lawn green and thriving, you need to make sure you water regularly with a hose. There are so many benefits to watering with a hose that you should consider using it. Watering your lawn is an important part of keeping your garden healthy and looking good. Use a hose to water your garden to keep it looking beautiful and hydrated. 

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