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Ceiling Airers FAQ

What Is The Difference Between The Airers ?

4 Lath Traditional Airer

4 Lath Victorian Airer

4 Lath Classic Airer

5 Lath Victorian Airer

6 Lath Victorian Airer

7 Lath Victorian Airer

3 Lath Tri Airer

5 Lath Gismo Airer

7 Lath Gismo Airer

Stacker Gismo Airer

4 Lath Brass Victorian Airer

4 Lath Brass Classic Airer

6 Lath Brass Victorian Airer

4 Lath Chrome Victorian Airer

4 Lath Chrome Classic Airer

6 Lath Chrome Victorian Airer

Pulley Type

All iron airers can have a choice of pulley type, Choose from our standard pulley which is made from solid cast iron with plastic nylon wheels, or our deluxe version which is also a solid cast iron housing and comes with solid cast iron wheels. The chrome and brass airer come with chrome or brass pulleys

Standard Double Pulley with Nylon Wheels

Deluxe Double Pulley with Cast Iron Wheels

Rope Length

All airers can have a choice of rope length. Choose from 10 meters or 15 meter rope. Our rope is made from organic cotton lined nylon, and is a high quality marine yachting rope

10m rope

15m rope

What Environmental Advantages Do Clothes Airers Provide?

Buying a Cast in Style Kitchen Maid Clothes airer is one of the most ecological and environmentally friendly solutions you can do for your home and our planet. By using the naturally warm rising air which occurs in any home, the Kitchen Maids will dry a whole load of washing in around 2-4 hours. Always try to buy the longest airer you can accommodate in your home to take the maximum advantage of the airers. Using our clothes airer as a direct replacement to your normal tumble dryer can reduce your carbon foot print by 1.5 tonnes a year and saves you enough in electricity costs to pay for your new clothes airer in 6 months. Don’t take our word for it, have a look at the government act on Co2 web site and see for yourself.

  • Everything we do to produce our clothes airers has the environment in mind. Our wooden laths come from well managed sustainable redwood pine forests who employ the principle of every tree which is cut down at least one new one is grown to replace it. We are an FSC certified company and our certificate number is showing in the logo above. Our laths are approved by the FSC Trademarks who believe in well managed forests.

What Is The Purpose Of Extra Pulleys ?

Our clothes airers are supplied with one single pulley and one double pulley as standard which provide a full working pulley system for your airer to travel up and down on. Should you wish to position the clothes airer away from the wall it may be necessary to extend the run of the rope across the ceiling so that it may travel to the cleat hook at a right angle as opposed to diagonally from the main pulley. When fixed above the cleat hook, a second double pulley provides the pivot to allow you to do this.

Standard configuration

Clothes airer pulley configuration showing an extra double pulley being used to extend the rope away for the airer to give more ease of use

Clothes airer pulley configuration showing how 2 extra double pulleys can be used to allow the rope to make a right angle turn at ceiling height. This helps if you need to guide the rope around a door frame or window for example. The double pulley in the middle need to be fitted at a right angle to the other pulleys which means you will need to screw it sideways into a block of wood or into the end wall at ceiling height if this is possible.

Are The Wooden Laths Treated With Anything Or Left Natural?

Our wooden laths have been specially produced in collaboration with our wood supplier, over several years, specifically for our clothes airers. We have developed a special kiln dried technique which removes all the moisture from the red wood pine laths guaranteeing them not to release the tree sap or stains onto your clothes. The wood is deliberately not treated with anything as if it is it can sometimes stain the clothes. We suggest you keep the laths as we send them to you and they will provide many years of service for your airer.

Everything we do to produce our clothes airers has the environment in mind. Our wooden laths come from well managed sustainable redwood pine forests who employ the principle of every tree which is cut down at least one new one is grown to replace it. We are an FSC certified company and our certificate number is showing in the logo above. Our laths are approved by the FSC Trademarks who believe in well managed forests.

What Sizes Do You Do ?

3 Lath AirerTraditional AirerVictorian AirerClassic Airer5 Lath Airer6 Lath Airer7 Lath Airer
Width of airer cast iron end33cm36cm38cm40cm53.5cm61.5cm79cm
Ceiling Clearance (drop when fully hoisted up to ceiling)31cm22cm24cm33cm23.5cm30cm33cm
Wooden laths are available in theses lengths0.9 M / 2.9ft
1.2 M / 3.9ft
1.5 M / 4.9ft
1.8 M / 5.9ft
2.1 M / 6.9ft
2.4 M / 7.9ft
0.9 M / 2.9ft
1.2 M / 3.9ft
1.5 M / 4.9ft
1.8 M / 5.9ft
2.1 M / 6.9ft
2.4 M / 7.9ft
0.9 M / 2.9ft
1.2 M / 3.9ft
1.5 M / 4.9ft
1.8 M / 5.9ft
2.1 M / 6.9ft
2.4 M / 7.9ft
0.9 M / 2.9ft
1.2 M / 3.9ft
1.5 M / 4.9ft
1.8 M / 5.9ft
2.1 M / 6.9ft
2.4 M / 7.9ft
0.9 M / 2.9ft
1.2 M / 3.9ft
1.5 M / 4.9ft
1.8 M / 5.9ft
2.1 M / 6.9ft
2.4 M / 7.9ft
0.9 M / 2.9ft
1.2 M / 3.9ft
1.5 M / 4.9ft
1.8 M / 5.9ft
2.1 M / 6.9ft
2.4 M / 7.9ft
0.9 M / 2.9ft
1.2 M / 3.9ft
1.5 M / 4.9ft
1.8 M / 5.9ft
2.1 M / 6.9ft
2.4 M / 7.9ft

 

Can I Use Your Airers On A Sloping Ceiling?

Yes you can. Our clothes airers are perfect for sloping ceilings. The airer must be kept level for correct operation so it simply means that the rope from one end of the airer to the ceiling pulley is longer than the other end, therefore holding the airer level. The only thing you need to consider it that the airer can only be pulled as high as the lowest point on your sloping roof. If this is high enough, so as to allow the airer to be pulled up out of the way, then it won’t be a problem. Also the pulley MUST be fitted into the sloping ceiling at an angle to the slope as in the photo shown. The pulleys must always be vertical to the floor, just as they would be if the ceiling was a flat ceiling. This means the pulley will look like the photo to the left when fitted on a sloping ceiling. A ceiling can slope in all sorts of directions and our airers will work with any of them.

What Is A Cleat ?

The cleat is a small retaining hook used to secure the rope of the pulley airer to the wall and hold it securely in place. It is needed to hold the airer in the chosen position once you hoist it up to the ceiling, it is also used to hold the airer in position when loading it with clothes. The cleat is fixed to the wall near the airer with screws provided.

What Are The Parts Made From ?

All of our components are solid cast iron and are powder coated in a choice of colours. Our standard pulleys come with plastic wheels and our deluxe pulleys come with cast iron wheels for a more authentic touch.

The wooden laths are solid natural redwood pine and are produced specially from a renewable source to fit our rack ends. These are supplied untreated and are hand sanded so that they will not snag or stain your clothes. Take a look at our wooden laths section

The rope is 6mm organic cotton lined pulley cord with a nylon core to give it strength and durability. This is a tough rope and is usually more at home on sail yacht but we find is absolutely perfect for our airers as well as giving that traditional look.

How Do You Deliver And How Long Will It Take ?

We aim to dispatch all items within 1-3 working days of purchase for standard delivery

Do They Come With Instructions Are They Difficult To Fit?

Our clothes airers come with full instructions and are available on our web site. We have made them as straight forward as possible to assemble. All you will need is a drill to drill 2 pilot holes in the ceiling joists for the pulleys, and 2 holes for the fitting of the cleat. The joists are found under most ceilings and our instructions guide you through how to locate them.

What Does The Item Come With ?

Our Kitchen Maid Clothes Airer comes with everything you will need including:

2 X Cast Iron Rack Ends
4 X Solid Red Woods Pine Laths
1 X Double Pulley
1 X Single Pulley
1 X Sash Cord
1 X Cleat Hook
2 X Screws
2 x Raw plugs
1 X Assembly Instructions

Do You Ship Internationally ?

Yes, we ship to anywhere in the world. Just order from our web site as normal and our order system will calculate your delivery charge once you enter your destination country.

Do You Sell Spare Parts For The Clothes Airers

Yes, We sell every spare part for our airers separately.

Cast iron

Cast iron is one of the most recyclable materials available on the planet. Every run off and unwanted metal is never wasted, everything is recycled and melted back down to make more cast iron parts.

What Is The History Of Clothes Airers ?

Clothes airers have been around for about 200 years. Popularly used by the Victorians from the early 19th century, they were common in many households. Originally called creels, Scotch airers and Magic Airers these eco airers have made an amazing come back. With modern day concerns about the environment they have become an old age idea brought straight into the new, and provide a beautiful and practical solution to global warming by reducing electricity used by conventional tumble dryers. Ask grandma, she knows best!