Line Drying Clothes Indoors and Space Saving Drying Tips

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bailing twine indoor clotheslineWhile it is completely possible to successfully hang laundry outdoors to dry in the winter, even in freezing temperatures, I usually prefer to hang mine inside by the wood burner.  It not only makes me feel like I’m getting more out of the wood we use for heat, but it keeps me from battling frostbitten fingers and shivering while I hurry to get the laundry hung.  

How do you construct a laundry line indoors?  

It’s easy, and practically free. All you need is to gather up some bailing twine, in endless supply around most farms, and a few heavy-duty screws. Hubby used his drill to put the screws into the wall (into the studs) at a downward angle, leaving just enough of the head out to attach the bailing twine to them.  To attach the twine, simply make a knot, hook the twine onto the nails and… you’re done!  You may be able to use nails in your home, but we find that screws work better in our walls – they support the weight of the laundry on the line and don’t pull out or loosen, like nails do, over time.  

The downside to hanging indoors in our home is a lack of space.  To ensure we are able to hang the most laundry possible, while still allowing enough room for it to dry, I’ve come up with a few easy-peasy space saving tips that can be used indoors (and out!). 

indoor bailing twine clothesline space saving tips socks

Hang socks in pairs.  

This  not only saves a ton of space, but it saves you time.  Once the socks are dry, there’s no fishing around to find partner socks – they’re already together.  And another benefit?  It saves on clothespins too! indoor bailing twine clothesline hanging space saving tips

Use hangers and utilize small spaces.

When hanging items on the line, there’s usually small spaces that would normally go unused.  You can easily use those areas to hang a t-shirt or other item to dry.  Just put it on a hanger, hang it on the line sideways and you’ve been rewarded with a lot more line drying space!

Double up when hanging light fabrics.  

Some fabrics, like thin cotton or muslin, silk or satin can be doubled up when line drying.  I usually double hang items like flour sack towels or silky undershirts, and they still dry in no time.

Don’t forget the doors (and other hanging spaces!).  

There’s no rule that says you can only use the line when drying your clothes.  Don’t overlook things like doornobs, empty nails, shower rods or other opportune spots.  If you can put a hanger on it, and there’s enough space, go for it!  If you come to my house on laundry day, you’ll see clothes everywhere.

indoor bailing twine clothesline hanging tips

Use hangers and hang sideways on the line.  

You can use a clothespin to keep items on hangers from slipping together and keeping the air from circulating around them.  It will give you the chance to hang a lot more hanger friendly items like sweatshirts and tops.  

If you’re frugal like I am, you may enjoy my article on Getting More From Your Wood Burner.  Line drying indoors isn’t the only way to stretch your wood this winter!

Do you hang your laundry on a line?  Do you have any tips for me?



  1. tee says

    I have a shorter shower rod in the doorway to my laundry room. It’s a perfect fit for doors. I generally us cloths hangers and hang shirts and pants (with clothes pins on the hanger) in the doorway. I have a drying rack that I use for smaller items like socks. I don’t heat with wood, but I put the drying rack next to the vent for our forced air heat and the items dry quickly. I sometimes use the shower rod in my bathrooms as well if I’m doing alot of laundry. I also have a retractable clothesline on my screened porch. In the winter things take a little longer to dry if it’s wet outside, but they don’t get wet again since they’re under a roof. I rarely use the dryer, but I must confess that I almost always dry towels just because they feel better to me. I’ve been known to pin socks to hangers and hang them in the doorway, but I never put them in pairs. I’m going to try this.

  2. Joan says

    Great ideas! I also hang my clothes up inside, mostly on a drying rack. I also set my washer to spin at ‘Low’ rather than ‘High’ or ‘Extra high’, to save electricity. So they’re not as dry when I pull them out of the washer, but that’s okay, because I just let them hang dry and I don’t put them in the dryer.

    • Krystyna Thomas says

      Thanks for stopping by! And I appreciate you mentioning the electricity savings made when simply spinning your clothes on a different cycle can make! Great tip!

  3. Rebekah Robbins says

    I discovered an unused space in my house for drying clothes, the stairway. I had some extra shower curtain rods that were adjustable with tension so I made them fit in my stairway area above the steps. They were placed high enough up that I could reach them (I am only 5 ft 1 inch.) and still not be in the way too much for walking up and down. My house is a ranch style with a basement so I used the basement steps where the woodstove is which added to the drying process as well as added the humidity in the winter. All items dried this way are placed on hangers to maximize the space. Thanks to everyone else for great tips.

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