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About a year and a half ago when I was in Asia, I saw a lot of folks has laundry racks that were essentially lifts, where one could put the laundry out to dry and then lift it up out of the way.  I thought this would be awesome for our laundry room, which unusually for a laundry room has a 12 foot ceiling.   Since we live in Arizona, I hand a lot of things like my cotton shirts to dry, it reduces the wrinkles and in our 4% humidity it tends to be bone dry after just a few hours.

But it was impossible to find one in the US.  I even had a contest on this web site to try to find one, with no real luck.  So after nearly a year of searching, multiple false starts, language issues, shipping issues, disappearing orders, and a general contractor who had absolutely no idea how to install the thing, we finally meet with success:

It is awesome for us -- lowers to about 5 feet above the ground to make it easy to hang things on it, and then raises high enough that the laundry clears me head.  Down & Up:


I'd buy the US distribution rights for this thing if I thought anyone else had similar applications for it over here.


  1. 增达网:

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  2. Frank:

    I bought something similar in Ikea for £13. No electric motor though, just a sturdy piece of paracord and a cleat fixed to the wall. Unfortunately we don't get humidity of 4% in the UK so I had to get a dehumidifier! By the way love the blog.

  3. kidmugsy:

    These things were commonplace in British houses in my childhood. Sans motor, but the same idea. Did they work? Presumably, but our house was "modern" i.e. thirties, and therefore had a low ceiling, and so we didn't have one.

  4. steamboatlion:

    So from where, and how much?
    Perhaps you ought to buy the distribution rights. I'll be your first customer.

  5. Jackrabbit:

    A woman in Bozeman, MT was selling a wood version with cords and pulleys about 7-8 years ago. She called it the High n Dry.

  6. ToddF:

    I was apartment hunting in Taipei last month and saw one of those in one of the laundry rooms. I had kind of a "where have I seen that before" kind of moment. Now I know it was your original post. Yes, they do look pretty handy.

  7. glpjglpj:

    We have a small laundry room and this could really save some space. When are you going to start your distribution company and how much will it cost.

  8. james:

    We had one when I was a child. In the kitchen, not quite above the stove. Used on wet days, because on dry days you can use a washing line. (Remember them?) And what is the point of a motorised hanger when it won't work if the usual elec supply to the tumbler dryer goes on the blink?

  9. Ann_In_Illinois:

    I'm glad you found this. I lived in Hong Kong in the 1990s, and it was common for people to hang laundry out the window even though so many of them lived from 10 to 40 stories up. Every now and then, we'd hear of a dead child because the child was leaning out to bring in the laundry and fell. Ooops! It was sad but just another common thing.

  10. John O.:

    The one thing about Arizona I will never understand... why some home developers feel the need to make random places in the house besides the living room have an unnecessarily high ceiling. Leads to some really goofy architecture and can be a nightmare to air condition.

  11. Dr T.:

    Best sales pitch for this: dry your clothes without contributing to global warming. ;-) you know it would work.