Hanging your clothes out to dry in the sun is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to save energy. However, stringing a clothesline between two posts or trees can use up a lot of space and can often get in the way. This clothesline is designed to have a very small footprint for an enormous amount of usable line. It also rotates, so that you can hang up all your clothes without having to move yourself or your laundry basket.
We started off with 8 ft pieces of lumber arms, but it was a little too much, so we cut them down to 6 ft, which has a footprint of about 12 ft wide and about 150 ft of line. If you want to make it smaller, you can reduce the length of the arms to as little as 4 ft, or keep the original 8 ft. You then adjust this design accordingly. You can always drill the holes for the ropes once the arms are up in place, if you are unsure where to place them.
It is best to put your anchor pole (the smaller, but wider diameter chunk) into concrete. It will last longer and shift less. However, if you might move the clothesline (which we intend to do), here is a way to put in a temporary anchor.
Alternatively, you can assemble the arms on the ground and then lift the whole thing onto the pole.
For a quick and easy clothes pegs bag, take an old pair of jeans, cut the legs off and sew the leg holes shut. You now have a bag that you can hang up somewhere on your clothesline by the belt loops.
You can also drill holes along the bottom of each board so that you can put up clothes hangers.
And that’s it. You can make it in a morning, and hang your first load of laundry that same afternoon.