Ever since my clothesline broke last fall, I've been using our indoor clothes drying racks. (For new readers, we have a clothes dryer but prefer not to use it because it uses so much propane and electricity.) But clothes racks are expensive and/or hard to find second-hand, so I'm chronically short of drying space when it comes to doing laundry.
So my dear husband offered to build me a clothes drying rack, one that is attached to a pulley system from the roof of our upstairs.
To explain a little something about our house, it's two stories and has a steep-pitched roof on the upstairs. Don's idea was to install a hanging clothes rack above head-level near the upstairs deck doors.
So he made a sturdy frame about five by seven feet. The cross-pieces are rounded on one side so as not to crease the clothes.
He had to measure how far down the sloped ceiling to put the hooks and pulleys.
He used paracord because it's so strong.
Here Don is hooking all the cord through the pulleys and drawing them through a single O-ring so the unit can be raised and lowered on an even keel.
He made a sturdy tie-down anchored into the roof studs to hold the unit at whatever level I wish.
And it works beautifully! Here it's holding a solid three loads of laundry. It can handle sheets (washing sheets is a perpetual problem in the winter because we don't have anyplace large enough to dry them except our stairs banister, which only holds one at a time) as well as extra-large towels. At the same time, too!
Oooh, I just love being married to a woodworking man!