How to Install a Retractable Indoor Clothesline

Written by denise nyland
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Retractable indoor clotheslines are handy for drying garments that shouldn't be dried in a dryer. Retractable clotheslines typically operate like steel measuring tapes. The line is coiled around a spool, attached to an internal spring. Once the line is extended, it is locked in place to prevent it from sagging. To retract the clothesline, the lock is released and the line is automatically rewound around the spool. Retractable clothesline kits typically include a coiled spool of clothesline, a hook for the opposite wall and installation screws. The clothesline hardware is attached to solid posts or into wall studs and installation takes only a few minutes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Stud finder
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill with drilling and driving bits

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  1. 1

    Locate wall studs with a stud finder where you plan to install the clothesline kit hardware. Mark the positions of the studs. Use a measuring tape and pencil to measure mark the opposite walls at the same height so your clothesline will be level. The spool will be installed on one wall and the hook on will be installed on the opposite wall.

  2. 2

    Position the spool portion of the kit on the wall, aligned to the marks indicating the positions of the stud and installation height. Use a pencil to mark the positions of the screw holes in the installation hardware onto the wall. Remove the spool. Repeat to mark the positions of the screw holes for the hook portion of the kit on the opposite wall.

  3. 3

    Drill a pilot hole about 1 inch deep through each screw hole mark. Make sure the drill bit is smaller in diameter than the threaded shanks of the installation screws.

  4. 4

    Reposition the spool assembly on the wall, aligning the installation screw holes to the pilot holes. Using a drill and driving bit, attach the spool assembly to the wall with screws included in the kit. Repeat to install the hook assembly on the opposite wall.

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