Discover and compare the different kinds of indoor clotheslines and clothes drying racks that can be used as an alternative to hanging clothes over the tub, shower door frame, railings, etc., or combine an indoor clothesline or drying rack with these drying methods to increase indoor drying capacity.
Note: Each section shows an example product that we chose for demonstration purposes only. We have removed the lists of manufacturer links due to continuous discontinued products, broken links, and the ever-changing brand availability. For the latest products available we recommend visiting local retailers or searching online for current product availability.
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Retractable Multi-Line Indoor Clothesline
A 4-line or 5-line retractable clothesline maximizes air drying capacity, yet, when not in use the clothesline retracts into a compact housing. Tensioning knob keeps clothesline taught.
Requires a space with a large floor that isn’t harmed by water. There are visible hooks or a mounting bar on the opposite wall when not in use.
For maximum holding capacity mount on a solid wall (wood studs, brick, concrete). Considering the weight capacity, for hollow wall mounting, use the most heavy-duty wall anchors possible – ref. Toggler wall anchor literature.
Retractable Single-Line Indoor Clothesline
Can be mounted inline or side-by-side on the same wall to be used as a hand towel or washcloth holder.
Limited weight load and drying capacity (short line lengths that range from 6-10′).
The provided hardware and wall anchors should be sufficient considering the limited load these clotheslines support.
Retractable Heavy Duty Long Line Clothesline
A heavy-duty single retractable clothesline (40+ feet) can hold full loads of laundry, and any type of laundry. Can be used indoors or outdoors.
For indoor use, most spaces may limit expanding the full length of the line.
Mount on a solid wall (wood studs, brick, concrete) or a secure post in the ground. Not recommended to install on a hollow wall.
Laundry Drying Racks
Many laundry drying racks are free-standing and don’t require mounting. The lightweight material and ability to fold allows easy portability and storage. For a large enclosed laundry area, leave expanded for continuous convenience.
May fit in a shower stall or bathtub to catch dripping water.
Depending on the model, these dryers can take up considerable space when in use and require storage space when not in use.
Unlike some other indoor clothes drying products that need to be purchased online, laundry drying racks are readily available at many local retailers, including home improvement stores.
Wall Mounted Drying Racks
Some models have shelves and hooks for extra storage. These drying racks can be incorporated as part of a rooms furnishing.
Limited drying area and styles. Can be expensive.
Mount on a solid wall (wood studs, brick, concrete).
Wall Mounted Rotary Dryer
The Brabantia Wallfix is designed for outdoor use, but can be just as easily mounted in a basement or large laundry room. Mount to a solid wall (brick or concrete) or solid wood studs.
Maximum drying space. Great solution for condo patio areas.
Limited options for indoor use.
For maximum load capacity, mount to wood wall studs / post, or a solid wall (concrete or brick).
For a simple and effective DIY indoor clothesline, mount eye lag screws between wall studs and attach a clothesline or rope equivalent. Parts are readily available at any home improvement store.
Choose the proper lag thread screw eye size and load limit, e.g. reference Hillman Group lag thread screw eye specifications.
For an outdoor clothesline, galvanized coated hardware will have better wet weather durability than zinc plating, but for indoor use, either coating is fine.(ref. Galvanized Plating vs Zinc Plating and About Fastener Materials for more information).
We reached out to NetKnots for some advice on a proper knot for tying off the ends of the rope to the lag screws and received the following suggestion, “The Buntline Hitch is a wonderful – small profile – trusty knot for securing rope to an eyelet. But in order to have a tight line, you kind of need an adjustable tightener knot on the other end, such as a Tautline Hitch“.