Finding a clothesline in Canberra is a pretty easy task in general, you can always purchase something off the shelf and and have it installed right away so you can start with your laundry errands, right? Well, little did you know that the decision-making process for buying a quality Canberra clothesline, has a lot to do with where you live too, not just how you think you will be using it.
Unlike countries in the tropics that basically come with a guarantee for year-round basking of sunlight, Australia is situated in a region where the climates vary greatly from one region to another.
Not all territories have low levels of humidity all the time, some even have weather fluctuations that can go as high as 40 degrees celsius to 26 in a matter of hours.
You may be wondering why we have mentioned such factors when you are simply looking for a new airer, clothesline or washing line, but we think that the majority of people should pay more attention on this front in order to get the best and long-lasting clothesline for their very own home.
If you are residing in Canberra, you probably stumbled upon this post because you are looking for a clothesline that will work best for your home which is situated in a region where the climate is categorised as oceanic.
Not Sunny but Low in Humidity
You are most likely aware of the fact that the suburbs in Canberra which comprise of Belconnen, Northern and Southern Canberra, Gungahlin, Jerrabomberra, Majura, Molonglo Valley, Tuggeranong and Weston Creek all stay relatively cool throughout the year.
Although these suburbs are some of the warmest compared to nearby territories, Canberrans are no stranger to overcast days and contrary to most people’s belief, you can still dry your clothes outdoors even if it is cool outside.
The really good thing about the climate in Canberra is the fact that the region experiences very light rainfall that do not last very long, so this means humidity is kept low and you can even forego with purchasing a clothesline cover.
The humidity levels usually stay in what we would consider a ‘safe zone’ of 40% to around 64% all year in Canberra, what this means is even if your clothes are not bombarded with sunlight all day, the air will do all of the hard work drying your laundry and there is little chance for unwanted smells to develop.
A region that has short or unstable peak sun-hours like Canberra or nearby areas can get by with outdoor clotheslines but as always, if you are looking to hang dry your clothes indoors, you might want to invest in something like a dehumidifier in order to keep humidity less than 50%.
Anything higher than 50% will definitely be problematic because it accelerates mould growth, unless you run your air conditioner in tandem with a humidity sensor, partnering a dehumidifier with your clothesline is never a wrong decision.
We do suggest using antibacterial or mould and mildew fighting soap and fabric conditioner to keep those bad stuff from wreaking havoc to your clothes and washer.
Another good thing about not exposing your clothes to intense sunlight is they will last longer and the colours will not fade too soon because there is less ultraviolet and infrared rays that damage the fibres/dye, this results in clothes that will look new for quite a while.
What to Look for in a Clothesline for Canberra
Since we now have discussed the climate in Canberra, we should be able to determine the absolutely vital characteristics that are needed in the clothesline that you will be purchasing to make sure that it will work well in your region and eliminate buyer’s remorse on your end.
Here is a list of features to look for in a clothesline that is perfect for a place like Canberra:
Adequate space between drying lines
An airer which has a drying assembly that is not too dense
Spans a wide area
First and foremost, it is of utmost importance that you find an airer that has very good amount of space between each line if possible, since you live in a place where the temperature does not get very warm, the drying process will rely mostly on air movement and the relative humidity.
If you are looking to buy an outdoor clothesline model,
please bear in mind that it must have at least
330 millimetres (or more) of clearance and as
for indoor units, anything below 140
millimetres is a little too cramped.
Like we have mentioned earlier, the lack of
airflow will inhibit the drying performance of
Your clothes are not being exposed to sunlight
which means the articles end up saturated with
water for prolonged periods, this allows moulds and bacteria
ample time to develop which will result in stinky clothes or
moulds reaching your dresser.
If you want an indoor airer, a unit with 120 millimetres clearance between each line might work but you must take into account that mechanical intervention in terms of ventilation is vital if you want an optimum experience with your clothesline.
Since you will be drying your laundry indoors, you will be relying heavily on air circulation or dehumidification courtesy of your home’s air conditioner so drying times will not be as fast as it is outdoors.
Consider yourself lucky if your central air conditioning’s air intake vent is situated in the laundry area, this guarantees sufficient air movement in a confined space but most households use mini splits nowadays.
If you are a member of the latter group, your laundry area will most likely not have its own air conditioning unit so the only possible solutions for this is to ventilate through a window and keep the room sealed shut from the rest of the house or use a dehumidifier.
Given that air circulation is of utmost importance, the best clothesline models for Canberra are the ones that have just a few drying lines which span over a large area.
This kind of clothesline prioritises efficiency over capacity so this means your clothes dry faster even if it the weather is cool and gloomy.
The only consequence of such design is that they use a lot of room which is hard to recommend if you have very little open space in your yard, your best bet for such scenario is something like a rotary hoist or fold-down clotheslines.
Both rotary hoists and fold-downs are quite dense by design however, it should not pose much of a problem if you live in a particularly breezy or windy region.
It is worth noting that despite the densely packed upper assembly when fully loaded with wet clothes, rotary washing lines do rotate with the slightest of breeze and has been proven to dry articles faster than typical form factors so it is a good alternative if you do not have enough open area for retractable units.
Clotheslines We Recommend in Canberra
If you are looking for a new clothesline in Canberra, we highly recommend the following units which will work perfectly with the climate in this region, please be reminded that we prioritised line space and capacity over other features that we think do not add to the value of the product itself:
These portable indoor or outdoor clotheslines that we sell in Canberra are designed for ease of transportation from one place to another and we hand-picked a few that that have the perfect balance between ease of use, portability, drying performance, and capacity.
Bear in mind that portable clotheslines simply cannot compete with permanently-installed clotheslines in terms of performance, however, that is not something that cannot be solved by strategically hanging your clothes.
In our honest opinion, this format of clothesline is best for either indoor or outdoor use, if you cannot have anything permanently mounted on your home’s wall or simply do not have the outdoor real estate to accommodate a big unit, this form factor is the best route to take.
These clotheslines are the masters of disguise, retractable clotheslines can be installed indoors or outdoors and come in a variety of designs that will surely compliment any interior space.
What we really love about retractable washing lines which we sell in Canberra is that they are very reliable by design, almost needs no line readjustment because of how the reeling mechanism works, and most models in this form factor are very reasonably priced.
Many people lean towards this design because they simply do not take up too much space when retracted and offers unbelievable amount of drying line capacity when deployed, it is best suited for long laundry rooms, balconies or even over the stairs for a multi-purpose space that does not ruin the aesthetics of your home.
Folding rotary washing lines is the modern iteration of the very popular and nostalgia-inducing rotary hoist. It combines the convenience of a portable washing line and capacity of a full-fledged rotary hoist so your valuable outdoor space does not go to waste.
Units come with a ground socket which facilitates removal and remounting of the main assembly into the ground for use, folding rotary clothes lines also boast one of the best drying performance because despite its relatively condensed design, the top frame is easily lifted and turns when it catches winds so air is evenly distributed around the articles.
This is best if you have a small yard and do not want to lose valuable entertaining space or if you just want a clothesline that can be kept away from view when not in use.
Considered as the grand-dads of high capacity, outdoor clotheslines, the rotary hoist is an iconic piece of contraption that makes short work of laundry-drying tasks.
Clothes dry fast thanks to the rotating top assembly and clothes are easily hung by simply lowering it therefore ergonomics is a key differentiator for this form factor.
Add to those the reputation for reliability and cost-effectiveness, rotary hoists the we sell in Canberra are the best choice if you want a clothesline that is durable, works really well, and handles monstrous amounts of wet laundry at any given day — without breaking a sweat.
The versatile fold down clothesline, this form factor is best for those who do not want a clothesline sticking out like a sore thumb in their backyard but still want tons of options to match their preferences.
Fold down clotheslines that we offer in Canberra are the ultimate choice in terms of customisability, these popular work horses are offered by numerous manufacturers in multitude of colours, design, and capacity so it is not at all hard to figure out why a lot of Canberrans are choosing this design over the others.
Its perfect balance of capacity and performance — not to mention — ease of use by simply lifting up the frame with one hand for deployment makes it ideal for those who want a no-frills indoor or outdoor clothesline that offers the a straightforward approach in laundry drying needs.
If you are the type who does not want to see clutter on an eye level then a ceiling mounted indoor or outdoor clothesline is worthy of your attention.
Ceiling mounted clotheslines are very convenient to use and offers the most significant advantage in terms of practicality, ceilings or overhead spaces are often ignored because a lot of us want tons of headroom and avoid clutter at all cost.
You do not need plenty of headroom in a the laundry area and it is a space that is rarely seen by visitors or guests so a ceiling mounted clothesline is a good addition to such a small space.
Ceiling mounted clotheslines that we sell in Canberra offer tons of space for laundry-drying tasks and can be ‘pulled away’ when not in use, the ergonomics is a key selling point too because you can lower the frame to your preferred height which makes it a breeze to hang your clothes.
Always remember that for places like Canberra with oceanic climate, airflow is your best friend, any of the airers we have recommended above should suit any space regardless if it is going to be used inside or outside of your house.
If you did pay close attention to our tips, the room for error is virtually gone by now and you should be able to determine the airer that will work best with your household.
We always suggest getting in touch with the seller for installation by a certified expert in order to ensure proper mounting of your new clothesline and avoid damage to your home.
Lifestyle Clotheslines offer clothesline installation service in all of Canberra’s suburbs: Belconnen, Northern and Southern Canberra, Gungahlin, Jerrabomberra, Majura, Molonglo Valley, Tuggeranong and Weston Creek.