We might not give much thought when purchasing a foldable clothesline, at least not until we notice that we bought one that is either too big, too small, too clumsy, or too flimsy. Whether you live in a house with a backyard or in a bit of a cramped apartment, drying clothes without a dryer is one of the best ways to do so, as it protects the environment using only sun and wind. It’s also known that natural sunlight helps to disinfect your laundry.

Foldable clotheslines are made to look discreet which is why you’ll usually only find them in white, or gray. So as for colors, it’s your personal choice, but it’s preferred not to draw any attention to them. Besides color, here are some other things to check for when you want to buy a foldable clothesline.

How To Choose The Right Folding Clothesline

Size

Clearly, the amount of space you have available will determine the size of your clothesline. In a traditional clothesline, that are made of rope or twine, an average load of wash uses about 35 feet of line, so you could look for a foldable one that is near to that in length combining all the line lengths on the clothesline. This measurement of 35 feet has been just an estimation, and only you know how large or small your average load is. No matter the size you need, a good folding clothesline needs to be sturdy, rustproof, and easy to fold for compact storage.

Wall-mounted clothesline

The wall-mounted types are a popular choice that can be installed practically on any wall.  They are easily installed and the perfect space saver. A wall mounted one can be fitted into brick walls, from the outside of your home or mounted indoors in a garage, for instance.




Ground-mounted clothesline

Another type of folding one is ground mounted, where two steel posts are concreted into the ground. This type is preferred if your house is not suitable, for any reason, for wall mounting, and you would prefer to keep your clothesline in your backyard.

How to choose the right folding clothesline - ground mounted clothesline

Folding rotary

There are two choices when checking rotary style clothesline. One choice is a fixed head rotary which can be folded down once installed, or removed. They’re quite large and are great for bigger families. The other type is a folding head rotary that can be removed from its ground socket which is concreted into the ground. Both types are adjustable to achieve the ideal height you need.

Distance between lines

Consider the distance between each line as some are narrow while some are wide and comfortable enough to fit thicker clothing or other materials.


‘The Right to Dry’

‘The Right to Dry’ is actually a grassroots movement where some states have passed laws voiding clothesline bans and making them unenforceable, since many condos, and apartments across the states forbid clotheslines. Having said that, clotheslines are making a comeback. They’re the perfect solution to solve small-spaced areas during laundry days, don’t take up space when they’re not in use, saves you money on your electric bill and helps save the environment.