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Where to place a clothesline. Do's and dont's.

Here is some advice for your new clothesline location.

Each style of clothesline has its own unique reason for where it should and should not be placed.


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For Fold Down clotheslines.

Fold down clotheslines also known as folding frame clothes lines are by far the most popular today. But to get the most practical location requires a little thought first.


    Frontal space requirements.

  • Be aware that you have space in front of you when you open up a folding frame clothesline. The general guide is a minimum of 300mm is needed in front of the clothesline so that you have enough space to stand in front of the clothesline so it doesnt hit your head or body when you open it. Otherwise your body may block the path of the clothesline opening. Each fold down clothesline on Australian Quality clotheslines has a size guide for both the size of the clothesline and the minimum required space needed in order to make your installation practical. Go to the Fold Down your interested in to see this size guide and other useful information.
  • Side space requirements.

  • You will need 100mm on each side of the clothesline that is free from obstruction in order to open and close the clothesline properly. We can trim Austral and City Living fold downs but not Hills, to a custom width if needed for free if you purchase an installation package from us.
  • Height requirements.

  • NEVER fit a fold down clothesline lower than the primary users head height unless its a mini fold down. Most fold down clothesline we sell are huge and if you put it below the users head height you will be forever bending you neck or back in order to hang out your washing on the line. The general guide is to place the clothesline about 100mm -150mm above the primary users head height. Do NOT place the clothesline too high either as this will make closing the clothesline too hard as most fold down clotheslines need to be pushed up in order for them to close down.
  • Wall mounting pitfalls.

  • Fixing a fold down no matter the size is absolutely fine for a brick wall. If you have a heble wall, do not attach a wall mount clothesline to it. You will need to ground mount it.
  • If you have a clad wall, then the clothesline MUST be fixed to the wall studs and not to the cladding otherwise you run the risk of the clothesline falling off the wall. To do this the studs must marry up with the width of the clothesline size. See the data for sizes on the clothesline page your interested in. If the studs do not marry up in width with the clothesline then you can use a backing board. Buy a board about 200mm high x 18mm thick x the width of the clothesline plus the measurement to the next available outside stud. This means the board will be wider than the clothesline. The board is screwed to the studs and then the clothesline to the board. We do not supply these boards because they will need painting to suit your wall colour first before installing. We can however install these boards for you at no extra charge if you purchase our installation package.
  • Fence mounting.

  • We do not recommend attaching a fold down clothesline to a fence. Please ground mount it. Most fences are too low to be above the users head height. Also, if the fence is high enough you still need to attach it to the fence posts or the top main bearer on both sides, this can be difficult if the fence is not level or the posts dont marry up with the width of the clothesline.
  • Ground mounting.

  • Absolutely do make sure you have no conduits such as water, gas or power within 1 meter of the post locations or within 600mm in depth of the posts.
  • Location.

  • You will need to work out if summer or winter clothes hanging is more important to you. In summer, direct sunlight is not good for your clothes as it can discolour them over time. In winter the sun doesnt do as much damage to your clothes but it will dry them quicker.
  • A breezy location is usually best. Locations such as beside the home normally get a faster flow of air than the front or the back of the home.

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For Folding and Fixed Rotary clotheslines.


    Space requirements.

  • Normally we recomend a minimum of 1 meter of space around the complete clothesline to allow for the wind blowing items so they dont rub on fences and such. However this is a guide and as long as you have at least 100mm of space then this will be ok but not recomended.
  • Height requirements.

  • Make sure the clothesline will not hit anything like decks or trees at any height the clothesline might be wound up to.
  • Make sure the clothesline is not to high at its minimum set height for the primary user to reach. If the primary user is on the shorter side then we can cut the column of the clothesline for free in order to set a lower height that is comfortable. This will also lower the height of the handle. We offer this service free with our installation package.
  • When setting the height, the slope of the ground must be taken into consideration. Always set the height for the primary user at the tip of the arm over the highest point of the ground. You should always hang the washing from the highest point and the clothesline height should be set for that location.
  • Ground mounting pitfalls.

  • Absolutely do make sure you have no conduits such as water gas or power within 1 meter of the post locations or within 600mm in depth of the posts.
  • Make sure you have a minimum of 500mm of soil depth for adequate concrete foundations for your clothesline. If you do have rock, bricks or concrete under or on top of the soil then we can core drill this for you. For an additional cost we can provide you with core drilling when you purchase an installation package from us.
  • Make sure your soil is not sand. If you have sand then you cannot use a rotary clothesline. You will need to choose either a fold down or a wall to wall retractable clothesline. Over time it will not stay straight in sand.
  • Location.

  • Rotary clotheslines are very practical clotheslines for drying mostly because they are out and away from walls etc and get a nice breeze flowing over them.
  • Be aware that trees can drop branches onto your clothesline. Birds can poop on your clothes. Try not to put a rotary clothesline directly inder a tree if it can be helped. However a tree close by can be good for blocking the sun in summer so that your clothes dont discolour. If you have the space, try to locate the clothesline near a tree that provides some shade in summer but not so much shade in winter as the sun takes a different path.

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For Retractable clotheslines.


    Space requirements.

  • We recomend at least 1 meter on both sides of the clothesline however this is a guide only. This is so the clothes dont blow in the wind and touch items such as fences. So you need to allow this space plus the width of the retractable clothesline your interested in. The page of the clothesline your interested in has all the sizes and other info you need to make this measurement. The space needed in front and behind the clothesline is not so important.
  • Height requirements.

  • Make sure you have no tree branches or other objects that will interfere with the clothesline when it is extended out and at full height.
  • The height should be higher than for other types of clotheslines. Make sure it is a miniumum of 200mm above the users head height. This is because retractable clotheslines will stretch their cord with a load on them and some compensation is needed to counter this. Remember the longer the clothesline extends the more it will stretch and the higher the clothesline should be placed. The clothesline should be placed in an area with a smooth and preferably level ground. Its ok if you have some gradient to the land as long as its fairly consistent in height along the length of the clothesline.
  • Wall mounting pitfalls.

  • This only applies if your retractable configeration is a "wall to wall" or a "wall to post".
  • You can mount a retractable clothesline to a brick wall as long as the wall is at least 100mm wider than the clothesline your interested in. Width data is on the page of the clothesline you like.
  • If you are mounting the cabinet to a clad wall then the clothesline must be fixed to the wall studs. You cannot fix it to cladding. Its very rare for the width of the wall studs to marry up with the clothesline anchor points. If the studs do not marry up in width with the clothesline then you can use a backing board. Buy a board about 200mm high x 18mm thick x the width of the clothesline plus the measurement to the next available outside stud. This means the board will be wider than the clothesline. The board is screwed to the studs and then the clothesline to the board. We do not supply these boards because they will need painting to suit your wall colour first before installing. We can however install these boards for you at no extra charge if you purchase our installation package.
  • The hook on the receiving end for wall to wall or post to wall configurations must also be fixed in a stud. Usually no back board is required in this case as only one stud is required.
  • Post mounting pitfalls.

  • Absolutely do make sure you have no conduits such as water gas or power within 1 meter of the post locations or within 600mm in depth of the posts.
  • Make sure you have a minimum of 500mm of soil depth for adequate concrete foundations for your clothesline. If you do have rock, bricks or concrete under or on top of the soil then we can core drill this for you. Its an additional cost service we provide when you purchase an installation package from us.
  • Make sure your soil is not sand. If you have sand then you cannot use a post mounted retractable clothesline. Over time it will not stay straight in sand whatsoever.

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