About Ceiling Clothes Airer
Once a familiar sight in many homes, the ceiling clothes airer is now once again enjoying popularity as a greener alternative to the tumble dryer. These clothes airers are known by many names, including the creel, the kitchen maid and even the Sheila's maid. As well as having appeal as a green option, the ceiling clothes airer is also a space saver, as it is lowered down with a system of pulleys when needed and then raised and stored at ceiling level when not in use.
The principal behind the ceiling clothes airer's design is that warm air rises and that raising clothes to the ceiling to dry them will allow them to benefit from that warm air. Moreover, there are often parts of the home where pockets of warm air accumulate and, with careful positioning of the clothes airer, these pockets of warm air can be used to minimise drying times.
When installing a ceiling clothes airer, it is important to bear in mind that wet laundry can be surprisingly heavy and so the clothes airer should be securely attached to the joists in order to ensure that the weight does not bring the whole airer down.
In addition to their practicality, ceiling clothes airers can also be attractive and stylish household fittings. Traditional, Victorian style, airers with their lacquered or enamelled cast iron fittings and polished wood laths may appeal to fans of the shabby chic look in home décor. Others, who prefer a more contemporary look for their homes, may prefer the clean lines and lighter weight of modern clothes airer designs, which are often made from hollow metal or plastic.