How to Build a Portable Clothes Line

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A variety of portable clotheslines are available for purchase. For the DIY enthusiast, it is possible to design and tailor-make a portable clothesline to suit living space and needs, be it for indoor or outdoor use.


Instructions on clothing labels sometimes specify that a garment dry away from sunlight. In the event of inclement weather, garments can be hung on a portable clothesline erected inside the house, in a garage, shed or sheltered area away from the elements.


A lightweight portable clothesline can be taken on vacations. It is easily dismantled, packed and set up quickly.

Things You'll Need

  • Stanley knife
  • 60cm polyrope (3 strand, 8mm)
  • 4 S-shaped hooks, 8mm gauge (hook length 77mm)
  • Hula Hoop
  • Cut the polyrope into three equal lengths using the Stanley knife. Gather the tips of each length of polyrope together and tie as one to form a loop.

  • Take one loose end of the polyrope and tie a tight knot around one end of the S hook. Repeat the step for the remaining two loose ends of polyrope.

  • Use the remaining S hook to slip through the loop knot. Attach the hook to a secure overhead fixture. Attach the Hula Hoop to each of the three dangling S hooks. Position the hooks at equal intervals around the hoop.

  • Hang washing on the portable clothesline. Drape lightweight items such as undergarments and socks over the hoop.

  • Use a coat hanger to hang shirts over the hoop. Use a coat hanger with clips that fasten to garments, such as skirts or slacks, to hang on hoop.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase a sturdy Hula Hoop to accommodate the weight of the washing. The size of the hoop will depend on available hanging space. The overhead fixture must be stable enough to support the weight of the damp washing. Four S hooks can be used (instead of thee) to further stabilize and balance the hanging hoop. Purchase the length of polyrope according to how low/high it is to be hung from the overhead fixture. When the clothesline is not in use, children will enjoy using the Hula Hoop.

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