How to Hang Dry Clothes in the Winter

Hanging Clothes to Dry Inside

Hanging Clothes to Dry Inside

With winter in full swing, our outdoor clothes line is not getting any use.  I still have plenty of clothes to hang dry, so I have a clothes drying station in my laundry room.

I have never liked free standing clothes drying racks. I don’t like having a big contraption cluttering up my living space, so I’ve always searched out an alternative to hanging our clothes to dry.

Free Standing Clothes Dryer

Free Standing Clothes Dryer

One of my first clothes drying racks was wall mounted and  folded up against the wall until it was nearly flush.  I liked the way it was easily accessible and adjustable.  It was so convenient!  I’m pretty sure it was a store-brand model from someplace like Kmart, because I have never been able to find the same style since.

Wall Mounted Accordion Dryer

Wall Mounted Accordion Dryer

The best comparable rack I could find was a wall mounted accordion style clothes rack.  It’s nearly as good and has a similar footprint.  If you are only drying one or two items, you only have to pull it out a little ways.  And because it is wall mounted you don’t have to dig it out of storage every time you use it.

retractable-clothes-line

Retractable Clothes Line

Other times I’ve used a spare bathroom to hang dry clothes on the shower rod.  Since our new home has glass doors instead of shower curtains, that isn’t an option.  Additionally, our current laundry room can’t accommodate an accordion rack, so one product I considered was a Retractable Clothes Line. Not only would it be out of the way when not in use, it would hardly take up any room

Tension Shower Curtain Rod

Tension Shower Curtain Rod

However, in the spirit of re-purposing items we already own, I opted for a Tension Shower Curtain Rod instead.  Since we don’t need it for a shower, I keep it tucked away in the laundry room until laundry day. Instead of hanging clothes directly on the rod, I hang items on plastic hangers that hang from the rod.  I can fit two loads of laundry this way, and the cupboards are mostly accessible.  It only takes a day for the clothes to dry, so it’s not too inconvenient.

Closet Rod Holders

Closet Rod Holders

The only draw back to the tension rod is that sometimes it can’t handle extra heavy items.  Two of my husband’s hooded sweatshirts, along with the usual clothes, brought the whole thing down.  My new idea is to install Closet Rod Holders on either side of the laundry nook.  They are designed to allow a rod to be easily installed and removed as needed, and it will accommodate the extra weight. Since I ordered a wooden pair, I can paint them to match the walls and they will blend right in.

How do you dry your clothes in winter?

Comments

  1. Your are right there is nothing worse than seeing clothes drying in a living space. Thanks for the tips.

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