How to choose a washing line?
Although there are several systems, all using cords made of plastic or vinyl-coated wire, cotton or nylon, the one you want may not be suited to where you live. The most obvious example of this would be a flat-dweller without access to a garden. Retractable lines, which can be strung across a bathroom or kitchen, work well here and on upper floor balconies.
Large gardens that can accommodate a long cable, and plenty of flapping around in breezes, are ideal for the standard outdoor washing line. The cord can be hooked between trees, fence posts or poles designed for the job.
Rotary lines are usually the favourite choice for when space is at a premium. Their arms can be unfurled umbrella-like when needed and returned to space-saving vertical when the washing is dry. Some can be removed altogether and stored elsewhere until they are needed.
Folding frame clotheslines are also great space savers as they can be attached to a wall and folded down flat when not in use.