There are more types of clothesline options for homeowners than there were in early times. A simple pair of posts with several strands of clothesline strung between has given way to a number of configurations. One nifty approach is the retractable system that rolls up line and stows it in sleek wall-mounted units until the next laundry day. A rotary unit is good for out-of-the way locations where maximum drying can be achieved with minimal space. Portable drying racks that can be set up on decks or patios, then folded away, may be the best bet for some families.
Outdoor drying systems are a necessity for waterside homes or those with pools, to provide space for drying beach towels and swimsuits.
Line drying in many suburban locations had fallen into disfavor, so you may want to check your neighborhood or homeowners’ restrictions before adding a new outdoor drying station. Here are some online resources for line drying systems and accessories: