Indoor Drying Options.… For Wet Clothes – This Monsoon!!

Different ways of Drying Clothes Indoor

While washing is as easy as gathering up your unclean clothes from the floor, tossing them into a washing machine and pressing a few buttons here and there; it’s drying clothes which is a perennial challenge!

Urbanization had led to drying clothes becoming a dilemma for homemakers. Earlier, when most of the population dwelt in villages or small towns, this problem never cropped up as village houses usually have a backyard garden or a courtyard where one can easily dry their clothes in the open in the natural air on the clothesline.

This traditional practice of clothesline uses free renewable sources – wind and sunlight. But gradually over a period of time, with the emergence of metro cities with space constraints in minuscule flats or high-rise apartments – drying clothes became a challenge.

With each room in a flat being dedicated to a family, it was poor balconies – which were originally intended to be a luxurious extension of any home as an extended sit-out – that served as mundane spaces for drying clothes!

Drying Clothes in Backyard

Obstacles – Drying Clothes

  • In developing countries like India and South East Asia, people live in small apartments or flats, leaving them with literally no space for drying clothes barring balconies or on balcony railings which often cause major accidents.
  • Slums are the worst-hit with practically no space available.
  • Houses with backyards too lack space.
  • Clothes hanging in balconies take away from the aesthetic element of your house.
  • Inability to dry clothes outside the house in monsoons; with the humidity lending a foul odour.
  • While sunlight scarcity in winters leads to longer drying time.
  • Unaffordability of expensive mechanical dryers.

Minimum Space Required for Drying Clothes

A 4-5 member family requiring 6-7 garments per person would translate to a daily quota of25 to 35 garments to dry – which requires minimum horizontal space of 30 to 50 ft. in length. As a garment normally needs 3 to 4 hours of daytime for drying (depending upon the season); hence you need to tie minimum two and preferably three rows of cords 8” to 12” apart in a 10’0” wide balcony.

Unfortunately, all the above problems generally go unnoticed by most architect and builders; leading to homemakers adopting makeshift crude alternatives which may have fatal consequences.

Gharpedia shares with you innovative indoor garment drying solutions!

Tips for Drying Clothes Indoor  

Technology has provided options galore for drying devices – sliding, movable, wall-mounted drying racks or clothes dryers; washer dryers (washing machine with dryer or tumble dryer); etc. Many space saver foldable clothes drying racks are available. With the availability of new drying racks and clotheslines, you can make smart use of all that ‘invisible’ indoor space which will not only aid you in drying your clothes but also help you save money on electricity bills! Besides these many creative households have their own innovative low-cost solutions for drying their clothes!

While talking about that invisible indoor space, I would like to share the most read article for you, 10+ Ways to increase the storage space.

Let’s take a look at each of indoor clothes drying options:

01. Clothesline for Drying Clothes Indoor

Drying Clothes on Clothesline

One of the traditional, simple and popular drying options this requires one to first do a recce of the house and zero-in on the perfect place to tie the clothesline between two nails/pegs on the wall.

02. Ceiling Clothes Drying Rack

Ceiling Clothes Drying Racks

Ceiling clothes drying rack is extremely popular in apartments or flats and are mostly placed in the balcony due to the lack of space. They hang from the ceiling and operate on a pulley system which enables you to pull the rack down, hang your clothes, and pull it back. This is very much like a window blind. They are perfect indoor solutions for drying clothes as they make proper use of the space. There are different types of ceiling clothes drying rack available in the market, as shown in the figure.

03. Foldable Clothes Drying Stand

Foldable Clothes Drying Racks

Foldable clothes drying stand is very useful and provide an easy nice place for drying clothes even if you have a small house. As they are foldable, one needn’t have to worry about the aesthetics. Moreover, as they are made of stainless steel which is rust-proof, the chance of your clothes getting stained is ruled out. This clothes drying stand is available in a variety of shapes as shown in the figure.

04. X-Type Clothes Drying Stand

X-Type Clothes Drying Rack

X-Types Clothes Drying Stand is one of the oldest, and the most popular style of clothes drying stand.  The X-frame provides enough space to hold a good number of garments; additionally, it is light-weight and collapsible. These are a better option for air-drying heavier clothes or throw rugs. This drying stand come in a variety of makes – stainless steel, wood, aluminium, galvanized iron, plastic, etc. and are also available in different sizes. As mentioned in ‘New York Media’, “…more than 70% people use this type of drying rack due to its durability.”

05. Adjustable Rolling Clothes Drying Rack

Rolling Clothes Drying Rack

Rolling Clothes Drying Rack is a space and time saving solution to your drying woes! The rollers facilitate movement of the rack; and it’s stainless steel make its rust-proof.

06. Wall Mounted Clothes Drying Rack

Wall Mounted Clothes Drying Rack

As quoted by Andrea Hannah, “Wall mounted clothes drying rack can be attached to any wall space and remain pretty invisible when not in use.” With spaces drying up, these types of drying racks are fast gaining popularity for those households who do not have enough space for a conventional clothesline. They are useful for small clothes like handkerchiefs, socks, etc. Post usage they can be closed freeing up space!

Please have a look at the figure which outlines different types of wall mounted drying clothes racks.

07. Expandable Clothes Drying Rack

Expandable Clothes Drying Rack

Would you like to expand your horizons when it comes to drying your clothes? Then your search ends with Expandable drying clothes rack. This drying clothes rack is adjustable and no matter what size, what load or in whatever space you have to set it up, this rack can be adjusted to fit your needs. It neatly folds-up for easy and discreet storage.

08. Portable Tripod Clothes Drying Stand

Portable Tripod Clothes Drying Rack

The Portable Tripod Clothes Drying Racks are versatile and self-standing; and ideal for long garments like shirts, dresses, etc. The curved arms have grooves that can hold almost any plastic or metal hanger. It can be easily folded for compact storing.

09. Star Shaped Clothes Drying Rack

Star Shaped Clothes Drying Rack

The Star Shaped Clothes Drying Rack creates more space for drying clothes. This attractive rack is very easy to unfold and magically expands when unfolded.

10. Radiator Clothes Airer

Radiator Clothes Airer

Radiator clothes airer is another option for drying clothes indoor. It creates extra drying room for garments while keeping them out of the way at the sides of the room. This radiator airer can be placed anywhere in the home. It is ideal for balconies, windows, doors, etc. For drying clothes on the radiator airer, just hook it over the heater. This is the perfect solution for quickly drying smaller clothes like hanky, socks, towels, etc. It is foldable when not in use.

This drying rack would be more useful in monsoon as it can be placed inside the room even when it is raining. But remember to tightly wring the clothes else the floor will become wet leading to dampness.

11. Washer Dryer

Washer Dryer

One of the most popular variant of clothes dryer this is basically a washing machine with an in-built tumble dryer. So, if you need to dry clothes quickly, it’s a good option as it washes and dries your clothes in the same cycle – all you need to do is pick up the clothes from the machine and they’re ready to wear! It is very useful especially during monsoon season. On the downside, dryer machines are not within the reach of all households and they tend to occupy quite a lot of space. More efficient dryers are likely to be more expensive up front, but will have lower on-going energy cost, which will be quite significant in case of frequent use.

12. Staircase

Drying Clothes on Staircase

A staircase also provides a suitable and practical place for drying clothes indoor. Particularly, in small houses or in chawl type houses, these few cubic meters of additional usable space is suitable for drying clothes. You can also dry your clothes on the railing of the staircase.

13. Window Grill

Drying Clothes on Window Grill

The best option to dry your clothes during monsoon season is to hang them on window covered with the grill. This is the best option for people who live in minuscule apartments or flats. However, a word of caution … this may detract from the aesthetic charm of your house.

14. Under the Fan

Drying Clothes Under the Fan

Many families also hang their clothes on fans during the monsoon – but not only does this look crass but it also leaves a foul odour in your room; moreover, the rust on the blades of the fan may stain your clothes. So, Gharpedia wouldn’t recommend this option to its readers.

15. Plastic Round Peg Hanger

Drying Clothes on Plastic Round Peg Clothes Hanger

Drying clothes on a round plastic peg hanger is the best option for small clothes like handkerchiefs, inner garments, socks, clothes of infants, etc. The hanger can be placed anywhere in the house.

16. Ladder

Drying Clothes on Ladder

One of the crudest and age-old options for drying clothes is the ladder – simply place your clothes on its rungs!


Living in a small size apartment should not stress you with regards to minimal options for drying your clothes especially in countries where monsoon stretches across four months of the year. We hope that at least a couple of the options mentioned above would jell with you when it comes to drying your clothes! As Abhishek Jain (Bijli Bachao) says, “Cutting down on use of cloth dryers and using clothesline is identified as one such way of going green. ”In a world which is continuously expanding its carbon footprint each small but meaningful step to save the environment is critical.

If you find our ideas useful, or if you have any important additional inputs from your end, you are most welcome. We would love to hear from you and appreciate your suggestions. We would further request you to give your feedback/inputs in the comment box you see below!

As the monsoon season come around, you may be worried for how to take care of your home. So, we have written few blogs related to it. You may like to read it:

How to Take Care of Your Home in Monsoon?
How to Take Care of Your Furniture & Furnishings in Monsoon?
Home Decor Tips for this Monsoon!
Tips to Avoid Accidents Due to Electrical Shock and Fire in Monsoon!
Make your Home Pest-Free this Monsoon with Home Remedies!

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