How To InstallInstallation and setup for retractable units can be achieved in a manner of different ways as the retractable style of washing line is one of the most versatile products on the market.
The most common type of installation method for retractables is by far the wall to wall installation, which is where the unit is installed between two walls or secure structures. Posts and mount bars can also be purchased as optional extras which allows for any number of installation options for your home, townhouse or unit.
If you need help with choosing your new clothes line or you need your line installed, we provide a retractable clothesline installation service throughout Australia at reasonable rates, to take all the stress and fuss out of the installation process for you.
Reasons To Consider A Retractable Clothes Line
What is a retractable line?
Retractable lines are: lines that ‘retract’ into a mounted unit that can then be pulled out to attach to another mounted clip or bracket when the line is needed. There are a variety of mounting options – wall to wall, post to post, post to wall as well as brick or timber friendly so you’re not limited with your options.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to stand there manually winding in the line in while the wind and rain lashes at you. Automatic pulley systems take care of the hassle, and the tangle with individually tensioned lines, while you enjoy the benefits of not having an unsightly clothesline staring (accusatorily) at you every time you glance out the window.
Designed to be unobtrusive and allow you to maximise drying capacity without permanently handing over the area to a more fixed clothesline.
• Primary or secondary line - whichever your desired usage, the retractable line is durable and up to the task regardless of your requirements. With rising energy costs, increased environmental consciousness and less predictable weather it’s increasingly common to have a second line. This can help deal with those wet weather days, personal or delicate items you’d rather not have on show or at the mercy of the weather, those huge washing weeks or a place to hang items to air (like that tent or the snowboarding clothes) without taking over every inch of your available space.
• Versatile – The compact and adjustable nature of the retractable makes it great for narrower areas, tight squeezes and homes with little to no outdoor space. There are a range of the number of lines to choose from, as well as the ability for the lines to be adjusted to exactly the length you require – don’t worry, it’s understood that no two spaces are the same!
• Economical – in the capacity of your main line or extra for the large washing weeks. Works effectively under the pergola or in your garage for rainy days. Don’t overrun the dryer or let your washing grow to nearly insurmountable levels when the solution can be an inexpensive (and easy to install) one!
• Indoor and outdoor suitable - across garages, playrooms, running the length or width of a bathroom, or across a laundry. Retractable lines are tough and weather-ready to be used on balconies, across the covered back deck or pergola, across backyard spaces, along a fenceline to improve functionality of existing areas. Yours truly’s first childhood home had a retractable line that ran above the herb garden most successfully.
• Compact – a real plus with the retractable line. They don’t need the span of clearance space in addition to the product space like the rotary does. Fantastic for narrow spaces such as down the side of the house. Don’t forget that air movement is crucial for drying times, it’s not all about the sun. Too much of the sun’s rays can damage clothes unnecessarily. Having partial shade is a narrow space with a retractable line is not to be sniffed at – this sort of combination might surprise you with the results and your clothes won’t suffer for it, nor will your backyard recreational space.
• Lightweight – and therefore great for people with decreased mobility or difficulty in transporting portable lines around. Simply stretch out, hook and if needed adjust the tension setting. Set the height that works for you and save your sore back in the process.
• Space conscious – dispenses completely with the need for storage. Portable lines have so many positives but a rather large drawback for some can be the lack of space to store the line, or difficulty in hauling the line out of storage and to the required drying space. Retractable lines are very simple. Install once and away you go.
• Functional - Still large enough for sheets so don’t have to worry about subbing the dryer in to deal with the linen. Your items will still get that lovely air-dried smell too – how nice is climbing into a bed with clean crisp sheets? Heaven!
• Retracting lines ensures they stay clean - Rather than leaving them out to gather every bit of gunk that comes around, or hanging wet clothes on dewy lines in that early morning dash before school runs and work. Coated PVC lines ensure your clothes won’t get damaged.
Not just for houses, apartments, units and townhouses but also perfect for holiday homes where you don’t want to leave the line out exposed to the elements for the times you’re not there (and when you are there and that impromptu game of backyard cricket begins the line can be vanished quickly and easily).
Speaking of cricket, if the retractable line was a cricket player, it’d definitely be known as great all-rounder!