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How to make your own ceiling-mounted clothes airer

There is nothing nicer than the smell of freshly washed clothes on a beautiful summer’s day. You too can enjoy this with your very own ceiling mounted clothes airer. Tumble driers cost a fortune to run and shorten the lifespan of your clothes. As the heat in your house naturally rises, where better to dry your clothes than a ceiling mounted airer? It can not only save you money but you can have that smell of fresh air on your newly washed garments.

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Locate a suitable place to put two fixings in your ceiling approximately 1 metre apart. The fixings should be located in a ceiling joist; if you screw through ceiling board it may not be strong enough to take the weight of your drying washing.

Drill two pilot holes and fix heavy duty ceiling hooks into the joist. Screw the hooks as far as you can into the joist ensuring a tight fit.

Take the two lengths of timber and drill three 15 mm holes centrally through each timber, one in the centre and one 50 mm from each end.

Lay one piece of timber on a flat surface and slide the three lengths of dowel into each of the three holes,allowing 100 mm projection through the timber. Drill pilot holes in the top of the timber in line with each dowel and secure with a wood screw through into each dowel.

Take the second piece of timber and slide onto the three dowels at the other end again, allowing a 100 mm projection through the timber. Drill pilot holes and fix wood screws as before.

Screw a hook into both ends of both lengths of timber approximately 100 mm in from the ends.

Attach the ends of the two chains to each end of the clothes airer on the fitted hooks. Lift the clothes airer into position and attach the middle of the chain to the ceiling hooks. Adjust it until it is evenly balanced. You are now ready to start using your clothes airer.


Stainless steel hooks are best as they are known for their strength. Get someone to help you lift the airer into place.

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Things You'll Need

  • 3 lengths 15 mm dowel, 1200 mm
  • 2 lengths 50 mm x 50 mm prepared timber, 460 mm
  • 2 lengths 600 mm lightweight chain
  • 6 stainless ceiling hooks
  • 6 wood screws
  • Power drill and 15 mm wood bit
  • Screwdriver

About the Author

Jenny Roberts has been working as a ghost writer since early 2011. She has published numerous articles on health, fitness and diet, travel and a variety of other subjects. She is a qualified accountant and teacher.

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