How can I make an old fashioned clothes line for hanging?

by Jenilynnecook
How can I make one without having to dig holes in our yard, and pour cement?

  10 answers
  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Apr 03, 2018

    Hello. Click on the link below to view a variety of options to hang clothes outdoors. Granted, some of them require putting posts in the ground; however, there are several ideas noted for portable clothes lines or clotheslines attached to fences, etc. Good luck!

  • Alice Alice on Apr 03, 2018

    What about a Ceiling Airer with pulleys ???

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Apr 03, 2018

    There are retractable ones you hang to the house and a sturdy tree or outbuilding. Will not harm the tree. If it’s really long, get a couple of aluminum clothesline poles which you only use to support weight of line then put away. Just as you can “retract” the line when not in use. Spend a bit more for good quality so it holds up. I’ve had mine for 30 years.

  • Vicki Bushert Vicki Bushert on Apr 03, 2018

    I have the type that is rolled up. It's mounted to the house wall. When I need to use it I just grab the end of the cord pull it across to a hook mounted on the fence. It's nicer than the old fashiond gold up kind because you just unhook it when you do t need it and it rolls itself back up.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Apr 03, 2018

    Jcraw, that’s what everybody I knew did until affordable electric dryers were the norm. And plenty of people continued to use their clotheslines for that sunshine fresh smell for years. The poles (we called them slats and they were wood) were very important to keep the clothes away from dogs, chickens and running children. I don’t know if your poles have slits in the top to fit the clothesline, but our slats did. Jenilynnecook, buy plenty of clothespins and a canvas bag to keep them in. ☺️

  • Jenilynnecook Jenilynnecook on Apr 05, 2018

    no, we don’t have a tree close enough sadly

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Apr 05, 2018

    My mom had the one you pull out and hook to a pole. She had the pole in the ground just inside the end of the grass to the back woods and we would pull it from her deck to the pole easily, I don't believe she had it cemented in the ground. She had hers for about thirty years and was still working fine when she moved to a smaller place to be close to my brother and I, rather than forty five miles away.

  • Jenilynnecook Jenilynnecook on Apr 05, 2018


  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 25, 2022

    Can you do a line from the house to the garage, or fence, it can be retractable. Some houses have a system where they can just lower the assembly of lines and put it back when done.

    If a line outside is not do-able, how about from the rafters in the basement (assuming you have a basement)?