We live in an awesome 1 bedroom suite on Vancouver Island. We love the location, the funkiness of suite, and the fabulous neighbours. We don’t love drying clothes.

As a triathlete, I go through a lot of laundry. Sweaty clothes, towels, and chlorine-soaked swim gear fuel many of my off hours.

I’m also a bit of a hippy that doesn’t like to spend money or use energy on the dryer unless I absolutely have to.

In the summer, we avail ourselves of a kick-ass clothesline in the backyard. Sadly, during the rainy winters there aren’t a lot of days that we can use this. IMG_2168

I have also tried every laundry rack imaginable and have yet to find one that actually holds a full load of laundry – and that doesn’t take up a crapload of room.

So, I got creative. I was inspired by a post I saw from a couple in England who built something similar. I went to Castle Hardware and the wonderful Greg walked me through how to build a cheap,¬†removable, clothesline. Our walls are plaster so we can’t drill into the walls, but we were able to use the doorframes for stability.

The best part? It comes down in less than 30 seconds when there’s no laundry to do – or company arrives unexpectedly ūüôā

It comes down in less than 30 seconds

I built 2 long (hallway) + 1 short (bathroom) clotheslines. In total, I can hang 2 loads of sheets + a few pieces of random workout gear. I installed the bathroom line over the tub with some hooks for extra-wet stuff. Total cost – around $25 with tax for all 3.

Total cost – around $25.


Time Required: 30 minutes

Level: Easy

Serves: 1 Clothesline

2 small eyehooks (about $0.50 each)
2 small caribiners (about $1 each)
1 length of rope (cut to suit area) (about¬†$10 for 50′)
1 pkg. of 5 laundry hooks (optional) (about $2 for 5)
1 pkg clothespins  (about $3)
1 dremel or drill


–¬†Drill a small hole where you want the eyehook to live. Ideally in an unobtrusive place in case you decide to later remove the clothesline completely.
– By hand, place the pointy side of the eyehook into the hole and turn several times, clockwise until it is secure
– Repeat for the other side.
– Knot¬†each end of the rope to create a 1-2″ ¬†loop
РAttach a  carabiner to each end
– Optional: tie small loops in the middle to add hooks for extra-wet items
– Our sheets dry in about 12 hours