Stylish laundry hanging rails that I wish were mine
Laundries are kind of boring places. Lets face it, no one wants to spend too much time in there, unless they have to.
When I’m designing one I say to myself, “this is mainly a functional space, it’s a utility room actually. How am I going to make it an enjoyable space to be in?”. I’m always up for the challenge.
Yes, I could select some nice finishes to spice up the decor...
Here’s a brilliant idea (you might want to steal this one, I'd love it if you did!), instead of using a stock standard chrome rod for hanging clothes on, choose an interesting and stylish one that you’d really enjoy using. One that would put a smile on your face every time you enter that wicked little room.
Drying laundry inside the house
For me, a fixed hanging rail in the laundry is a must. However, some people don’t like drying laundry inside the house and don’t even want one. In Australia, we’ve got mild weather and there’s usually lots of room outside to hang things.
In fact, installing hanging space in the laundry’s a relatively new concept for us. Many of us grew up with the Hills Hoist washing line and wouldn’t dream of hanging things inside the house. As a kid I was more interested in swinging on it like it was a piece of playground equipment. It was great fun (sorry mum!).
It was only in the dead of winter, if you were desperate enough, that you’d get out the folding clothes horse, dust off the spider webs, and hang a few things. But that’s about it.
Now I prefer to go the lazy route and use the dryer and indoor hanging rail combo, all year round. Often I let things finish drying on the hanger, after being in the dryer, then I simply gather them up and move them to the robe. I find this reduces ironing too.
I know, I know, my electricity bill is ridiculous because of this method. I think it’s worth it though.
More and more people are living in bigger houses with smaller back yards, and looking for convenience. I get the feeling I’m not alone in my methods.
Look, even if you prefer not to use a dryer, a hanging rail is a really convenient place to hang your lighter delicates as soon as they come out of the wash. If there’s a sink below your hanging space, they can drip dry.
Also, if you’re doing the ironing in your laundry, you’ll need a place to hang the garments, right? Otherwise they end up hanging off door handles or the backs of doors.
I’ve curated several photos of laundry rooms with stunning hanging rail ideas. I hope they inspire you. I certainly wish I had one of these… maybe I’ll upgrade my sad aluminium hanging rail one day (sigh).
TIP: When you’re designing the space for a hanging rail, don’t forget to allow enough room for clothes to hang. One metre minimum.
Brass hanging rails
Black hanging rails
Timber hanging rails
Leather hanging rails
pulley clothes dryer
Also known as the Sheila Maid Ceiling Airer or Creel. It’s a clothes horse that’s raised and lowered with a pulley and cleat system. It was very popular in Victorian times where they would suspend it in front of their fireplace or stove to take advantage of rising heat. It’s also a great way of getting clothes out of the way and making the best use of space.
Tilt out timber drying rack
Steel folding wall racks
Shelf and rail units
INDOOR Wire clothes line
Drying rack drawer
Stylish hanging spaces
You’ve almost made it to the end, thanks for being here. I wanted to finish off with some pictures of laundry rooms that have fairly standard hanging rails. However, they’ve dressed up the area in general, to make it a very stylish hanging space indeed.