Key things to think about when you are buying a new outdoor washing line
Every home should have an outdoor washing line. Outdoor clotheslines save energy over using tumble dryers which reduces your utility bills and is good for the environment. Hanging washing out to dry also allows creases to drop out while it is hanging, and leaves your washing with a fresh clean smell.
One: How much washing do you do?
The more washing you do, the bigger the clothing line you should aim for. This allows you to get all your washing load dried in one go. Around 30m of line will do for four people, so fixed head or folding head rotary lines make a great family clothesline. Many people do prefer to dry bed linen and towels in the dryer, but if you want to dry these outside you should also look for a clothesline with large arms and a lot of line space so you do not have to bunch up your sheets. The largest rotary lines can even hold king size sheets with ease.
Two: How much space do you have?
If you are planning to install a traditional fixed head hoist rotary line then you need a decent amount of space. If you are looking for clotheslines for small gardens then a folding head rotary line is a better option for people who still want the benefit of a rotary line. These can be folded down when not in use and even removed.
If space is tight or your washing line needs to be positioned down the side of the house then a folding washing line might be the best solution.
Three: What else to do you use your section for?
If the kids play on the section a lot or you also use the space for entertaining you might want to choose a removable clothesline that can be taken out of the ground completely or one that folds down against a wall or fence to leave your space free for other things.
Four: Where will the line go?
When you are considering where to position the washing line think about where in your garden gets the most sun and wind. You might not want to have the line in direct sunshine in order to lessen the likelihood of clothes fading. You do want to position the line where it will get good wind - as this will make drying quicker.
If you don’t want to be looking at the washing all the time, explore whether you can site the line down the side of the house or in an under-used area. To accommodate the narrower space you might need to choose a folding clothesline line or a fixed washing line between two posts.
Five: What is the clothesline made of?
Your washing line is going to be outside a lot, so you need to make sure it will withstand weather conditions and last well. Look for quality wire for the strings and powder coated or galvanised steel for the frame. Luckily Auckland Clotheslines only supplies high-quality washing lines from leading brands including Austral Clotheslines, Hills Clothesline and Tasman Clotheslines. We believe these are the best rotary clotheslines in NZ and will stand the test of time even in changeable New Zealand weather.
Which type of outdoor clothesline is right for you?
Auckland Clotheslines supplies a range of washing line types so you can find one that suits your needs perfectly. The most common types of outdoor washing lines are:
(Also known as circular outdoor clotheslines), these washing lines are perfect for anyone who does large loads of washing regularly or who likes to dry big things like sheets and towels outdoors on the line. They are very durable and heavy-duty versions are perfect for rental properties as they need little maintenance. You do need a good-sized section though.
These are a good option if space is tight. Folding clotheslines attach to a wall or fence, or can be set up with posts mounted in the ground and fold down when not in use. Remember they tend to only fit smaller loads.
Auckland Clotheslines can also supply retractable lines that can be installed between posts which are good for sections with odd shapes such as narrow side areas.
Auckland Clotheslines are your specialists for every type of line
Whether you need a large rotary washing line or need a fold-down or retractable line to save space, Auckland Clotheslines has a wide range of outdoor clotheslines for sale. Not sure what you need or stuck for washing line ideas that will work on your section? Just give us a call for a chat and we can offer some advice. We can also supply retractable lines for indoors or under a carport for drying on days when the weather isn’t cooperating.
If you do have a washing line already but it isn’t looking right, talk to us about clothesline rewires and repairs which may be kinder to your budget than a new line.
We can deliver NZ-wide and if you live in Auckland we can also install your line.
Auckland Clotheslines can help
Our installation service runs Auckland-wide and can also include removal and disposal of an old washing line. We can also supply a number of lines at the same time for new developments or subdivisions.