There are many types of clotheslines to choose from so it can be difficult to pick which will best suite your needs. You want one that will hold the amount of clothes that you wash in one load of laundry but you don’t want it to take up a great deal of space as well.
The first thing you will need to do is decide if you want an indoor or outdoor clothesline. Even if you do not have a yard, you can still make use of an outdoor clothesline by going with a retractable one that can work well on any porch or even from your fence to the side of the house. There are basically 4 types of clotheslines. There is a fixed head rotary, retractable, folding frame and a folding style rotary,
The fixed head rotary is a sturdy clothesline that has been around for a long time. This has been one of the most popular clotheslines over the years but it may not be practical for some families today. It rotates around but the user is not able to fold it down so that they can put it away. There is usually a crank so that you can wind it open and closed and it has 4 arms that extend out with the clothes line intertwined around the arms, giving you a great deal of space to hang clothes without having to take up your entire yard.
A folding rotary clothesline is a newer more up to date version of the clothesline listed above. This type of clothesline allows the user to completely put away the entire clothesline as it comes up and out of the socket that holds it in place. This way you can add room to your yard when needed and your friends and family do not have to see your laundry hanging around.
A folding frame clothesline is probably the most popular of clotheslines and it used in many types of home situations. No matter whether you have a large family or it is just you, this will meet your needs. This is a rectangular frame that can be folded down when you are not using it which makes it very easy to hide. They can be mounted to any wall and they come in various colors so that you can match it with any décor. They are ideal for small spaces such as a balcony or a laundry room and some can even fit in an area that is approximately 1 meter wide.
One feature that makes this an ideal choice is that putting it away is as simple as pushing a button and then you can barely see the fold down at all. This type can also be grounded outdoors so set up can be for indoor or outdoor use, which ever works best for you and your living situation.
Retractable clotheslines are also a popular choice in clotheslines as it can also be hidden in a moments notice but it also gives you ample room to hand your clothes and linens. The retractable clotheslines come put together in a cabinet and when you want to use it you simply take the end of the lines (4 lines connected together) and stretch it out till you can hook it to your receiving hook. When your done simply unhook and your good to go. You can use this type of clothesline can be used in four different ways. Post to post, wall to post, wall to wall and post to wall. The main thing is figuring out where to hand the cabinet so that you can stretch out the lines when you need them.