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How do I Choose the Best Retractable Laundry Line?

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A retractable laundry line can be a very helpful piece of home laundry equipment, but there are several factors to consider that will increase the chance of finding one to suit your needs. They are available in a wide range of prices, which can be an indication of overall quality. There are also different types of retractable laundry lines that may have different features.

Determining the number of items you will hang on the retractable laundry line is important. If you typically have a small amount of laundry to do, a line that is only a few feet long may fit your needs. People working with a larger volume of laundry may require a longer line.

If you have too much laundry to dry on a single long line, you may wish to get a retractable laundry device with multiple lines. They may feature up to five lines, and some allow you to use only the number of lines you need, leaving the other retracted. Multiple lines are usually more expensive than single lines, but they may be more versatile and useful.

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You probably will want to think about how much space you have and whether you will be using the retractable laundry line indoors or outdoors. People living in small homes or apartments may not have enough space to accommodate long retractable lines. Most people who utilize a retractable line for indoor use prefer a moderate line length unless they have space to extend the line across a very large room. Small backyards may accommodate only a small to moderately sized line as well.

Basic retractable laundry lines tend to be very affordable. They generally feature a relatively short nylon or plastic line that has a hook on the end, and most simple lines are also portable. A regular retractable laundry line may be satisfactory for regular use, but you should keep in mind that the lower-priced variety may not be as durable as those that cost more.

Another aspect to consider is the installation of a retractable laundry line. If the line requires hardware to mount it, you most likely will want to make sure that the supplies are included with the item before you purchase it. Try to find out if you will need any tools to install the laundry line before you begin the installation process. Some outdoor lines also come with a post or pole to stick in the ground, and if a pole is not included, you may want to purchase one separately.

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