This type of collapsible clothes line can prove to be handy in certain situations, for example, if the primary clothesline is situated outside your home that has no eave or awning, a secondary unit can be installed in your garage for use in rainy days and once done with use it can be folded down so you can conveniently park your car in. For smaller homes or apartments, a long and narrow design may just be what you need.
Models usually start at about half a meter wide, it really doesn't take up much space on the wall and when deployed it extends out to 1.4 meters so no sacrifices in terms of line drying space, it can easily fit inside a laundry room or small balcony. Most fold-down collapsible washing lines can be configured as free-standing with optional ground mounting kit so really, the sky is the limit.
Even if space is not an issue, a fold-down unit is still worth looking into because it might come in handy as a secondary drying line if you have friends or relatives staying with you for the holidays! Compared to a fixed one, it can be 'hidden' out of sight when not in use or be secured in the event of a cyclone. Minimizing--if not completely--avoiding damage to your collapsible clothes line.
1. Sizes, Color Choices, and Paint Finish
Sizes and color do matter! Unless you want your collapsible clothesline to stand out in an unflattering way or worse, you end up with insufficient drying lines for your family's needs. There are tons of choices out there depending on where you're buying from, as matter of fact, here at Lifestyle Clotheslines the majority of our designs are available in various sizes and colors with most models available in 10 colors.
Some models like the Eco Series can even be custom-tailored to fit the dimensions you require and can be had in over 45 colors! To give you a ballpark figure, 7 meters of drying line is usually enough for one person while a family of four will most likely require 35-40 meters of drying line or more. If you're having trouble determining the proper size of your collapsible clothes line you can always get in touch with Lifestyle Clotheslines by calling 1300 798 779, we will be more than glad to help you out with this and discuss the available color choices to suit your preference.
You might also want to take into account the frame's paint finish. Finishes vary from one manufacturer to the other. Some just anodize the frame which hardens the outermost layer of the metal making it more durable against harsh elements, these are often the industrial-looking ones you see with polished stainless steel or matte aluminum. More affordable models in most cases are just sprayed with liquid lacquer/polyurethane paint that eventually chip off or fade after prolonged oxidation and exposure to sunlight, this lets water seep into the metal causing it to rust, eventually shortening the product's lifespan.
More expensive models are powder-coated, it is baked on and is more resilient to scratches as well as exposure to ultraviolet light being blasted by the sun, this is also the same method used to paint cars. Needless to say, it is best to place your bet on anodized or powder-coated frames to ensure years of service from your collapsible washing line.