The benefits of drying clothes outside are many, but what type of clothesline is best? Here are some of the most popular models on the market.
Whichever style you choose, here are some guidelines for installing your clothesline:
While most clotheslines are approximately seven to eight feet above ground level, install the line at a height that is comfortable for you. Extend your arms above your head and use that height as a guide. I'm short so my line must be lower and some large items tend to drag the ground. I simply compensate by doubling them over the line.
If you have a long span of clothesline (more than 25 to 30 feet) between two supports, add a center support for best results.
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Retractable clotheslines are perfect for space savings. They can be mounted between two fences, two posts or two trees. You can find single lines of different size and weight and even a five line model.
Before you select a retractable line, think of how you plan to use it. Single lines will not support heavy towels or linens well. If you plan to use it often, select a heavier gauge line or a multiple strand clothesline for better support of wet items.
The T-post clothesline is a classic. The posts are usually metal and stand a distance apart with two or three wire or cord lines running between. The posts must be secured in the ground with concrete for stability and are not easily removable. This type is durable and sturdy and best for large items. The disadvantages are that they take up a great deal of yard space and the lines can become dirty when not in use. (Just use a damp cloth to wipe off the lines before hanging clean clothes.)
Umbrella clotheslines or dryers offer the advantage of using less space. They can be portable or inserted into a base that has been cemented into the ground. The umbrella clothesline can be removed, folded up and put away when not in use. This is a space saver if you have a small yard. The disadvantages are that umbrella clotheslines are smaller and the hanging space makes larger items like blankets or sheets hard to hang. They will not support as much weight as a pole to pole clothesline.