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Pulley-Style Drying Rack

A favored utilitarian piece in the Victorian era, English-style “clothes airers” are rising in popularity again. Order an off-the-shelf model, or do as these homeowners did and build one yourself.

Designed to dry laundry faster by taking advantage of the hot, dry air nearest the ceiling, airers use pulley systems that allow them to be lowered and loaded up, then raised out of sight.

Design Your Own Pully Drying Rack

pulley drying rack from Grit and Polish Courtesy The Grit and Polish
laundry room drying rack from Columbus Washboard Co.
Sheila Maid Drying Rack, from $150; Columbus Washboard Co.

You can find plenty of ready-made options online, or you can follow the lead of Cathy and Garrett Poshusta, who blog at The Grit and Polish, and build your own.

Using scrap wood they had on hand, Garrett customized the design to fit their laundry space, using seven 42-inch pieces of cedar screwed to two pieces of steel—which they bent by driving over them (leaving the steel flat works, too).

With pulleys and rope, their cost totaled about $50. Cathy says air-drying has not only reduced their electricity usage, but it’s also kinder to their clothes, so they last longer.