Three clever space-saving clotheslines

Gone are the days of the imposing rotary clothesline, cemented in the middle of a backyard, taking up valuable space. Now, clotheslines are far more practical and versatile. And, best of all, they can be easily hidden away when you aren’t using them.

The Disappearing Rotary Clothesline

Often seen as an Australian icon, the rotary clothesline has been a backyard fixture for generations. But now you can reclaim your backyard with a removable one that is easily lifted out of the ground whenever you like. Transform your backyard into a cricket pitch, outdoor entertaining area or simply enjoy the view, and then put your rotary clothesline back in the ground when you need it.

With benefits such as the ability to hold large amounts of washing, lines that don’t sag and a durable frame that lasts years, the removable rotary clothesline is again changing the landscape of backyards around Australia.

If you want to remove an old rotary clothesline that is cemented in the ground, we can show you how. You can also follow this simple guide to install a removable rotary clothesline.

Fall down clothes line

Fold Away Your Clothesline

If you live in an apartment or a townhouse that doesn’t have a lot of outdoor space, you may find that a fold-down clothesline will suit your needs.

Even in homes with big backyards, you can hide a fold-down clothesline on the back of a garden shed or down a side path. Installing a fold-down clothesline is easy, just make sure that the wall or structure you put it on is stable and durable enough to handle the weight of the unit and the washing that you will hang on it.

Retractable clothesline

The Versatile Extending Clothesline

If space is at a premium or you don’t want to clutter up your outdoors, then you may benefit from an extending clothesline. Also known as a retractable clothesline, it is mounted on a wall or post with a series of lines that can be extended and attached to a receiving bracket mounted on a facing surface. When retracted, it takes up a very small amount of space but easily extends in no time at all to air out your laundry.

Easily mounted indoors or outdoors, under a patio, in a garage or on a balcony, it’s a versatile solution that will keep your outdoors clear and looking great.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our DIY videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member

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