Drying Racks

Maximize space and minimize energy with laundry racks

Air-drying has always been a necessity for delicate or hand-wash items that can't be put in the dryer, but in recent years, the popularity of air-drying clothes -- and with it, the popularity of laundry drying racks -- has continued to grow for other reasons.

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Hanging your laundry to dry, either on indoor or outdoor racks, is both energy- and cost-efficient. Dryers use a lot of electricity, so reducing your use of them means reducing your energy consumption and your carbon footprint.

And with utility costs perpetually on the rise, many people are looking for ways not only to help the environment, but also to cut their electricity bill, and using a drying rack instead of a dryer, even for some and not all of your loads of laundry, can really add up.

Collapsible Wooden Clothes-Drying Racks

A wooden drying rack is the ideal solution for indoor clothes-drying. It's big enough to hold many items, especially on hangers, and there's no risk of the wood damaging your wet clothes. Best of all, wooden racks fold up very thinly, so when they're not in use they can be conveniently stored in a closet, behind a door, under the bed or even beside the washing machine.

Laundry Racks for Delicates

A wooden drying rack would likely suffice for a few pieces of hand washed unmentionables, but it is a much more efficient use of space to get an underwear drying rack and save your large drying rack for larger items. An underwear drying rack -- which is great for drying socks, too -- has a central hook for hanging it up, and many arms that spread out from the center like an umbrella, each with hooks or clothespin attachments on them. The shape allows for many items to hang together in a small area, with plenty of room for the air to flow between them and dry them effectively.

Outdoor Clothes-Drying Racks

Clothes lines require a considerable amount of yard space and the installation of two end posts. Outdoor drying racks, many of which look not unlike TV antennas, can provide the same amount of drying space in a much smaller surface area.