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Over 3000 Kiwis have purchased the popular Colonial Clothes Airer now – a testament to their quality, style, and of course money-saving practicality.

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Product overview

Over 3000 Kiwis have purchased the popular Colonial Clothes Airer now – a testament to their quality, style, and of course money-saving practicality.

The Airer once installed is designed to be loaded at waist height and then simply pulleyed up to the drying position just below the ceiling. Operating the pulleys is surprisingly easy and the washing will soon dry in the warmer air near the ceiling. And remember – nothing is cluttering your precious floor area!

The Airer itself features Antique Black epoxy-coated metal ends hand-cast in the traditional way. The four wooden rails are crafted from locally sourced kiln-dried Kahikitea (NZ White Pine), specially selected for its straight grain and warp-resistant stability. The rails are supplied fine sanded and ready to use but do not have a coating on them. The light, white pine colour can be stained or clear coated to match existing décor. All other components and hardware are specially selected for their quality and durability to give years of smooth trouble-free service. The kitset includes all mounting hardware, pulleys, cord set and DIY assembly instructions. Order yours today.

• Made in NZ
• Classic design with simple pulley operation
• Indoor airing without the clutter
• Hand-cast epoxy metal ends
• Kiln-dried Kahikitea rails
• Easy DIY Installation

Dimensions: L 2.4m x W 0.5m
Carton dimensions: 242cm x 14.5cm x 8.5cm
Weight: 5kg

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Questions and answers

9 votes
My concern is brown stains from the wood staining the clothes after a bit of use. How long have these been tested? Are you aware of them leaving marks at all, ever? Thanks, Ali
The rails are supplied fine sanded and ready to use but do not have a coating on them, they are a light, white pine colour, which can be stained or clear coated to match existing décor - so marking isn't really a problem.
By Trade Tested on March 26 2019
2 votes
Hi, Oue high ceiling is about 5m high, how long the rope goes down from ceiling?
You may need to change the rope for something longer - this comes with a single 10m cord and the roof hooks should be positioned 900mm apart, so taking that into account plus cords used up in pulleys and cleat end, this will be enough for a 3m drop.
By Trade Tested on January 17 2021
1 vote
What is the maximum load it can hold. Thanks
It is 20kg.
By Trade Tested on May 20 2019
0 votes
What is the distance needed between the pulleys?
The hooks that hold the pulleys must be positioned 900mm apart.
By Trade Tested on July 13 2021
-1 votes
Is this suitable for a 3.3m stud height
Yes sure.
By Trade Tested on July 24 2020
0 votes
What accesaries are coming together with this product for installation? I mean things like pully, strings. hocks etc. And of course the instruction for adjusting the strings so that the rack is leveled at all times.
This comes with everything you need to install.
By Trade Tested on May 29 2020
-1 votes
Hi there - can the pully system be worked with a sloping ceiling?
Yes it can.
By Trade Tested on August 29 2019
0 votes
Can this be fixed to timber frame? and will this affect the max loading if fixed to timber? Thank you
Yes it can. No it shouldn't affect it.
By Trade Tested on August 29 2019
0 votes
Can the drying rack be used in an outdoor porch area? It will not get direct weathering, but will still be outside. If it can be used outside will it require further weather treatment?
Yes you could, we'd suggest varnishing the wood. Otherwise the Stewi Lift model is also a good idea for this kind of use.
By Trade Tested on July 31 2019

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Hanging clothes airer

Love my new clothes airer. Installed in my garage it is working well. We did add an extra couple of pulleys to make it easier for me to raise.

Bronnie Canterbury
Great purchase

We absolutely love this clothes dryer. It works well and the style looks great in our old bungalow. Great to have floor space back again when drying clothes inside.

Liz Hawke's Bay
Love it!

Had one of these in our house in Edinburgh so was great to be able to get one here. Easy to install. Works a treat.

Kris Auckland
Very happy

I had no trouble setting it up in a high roofed carshed ( apart from climbing up the ladder) and it is working well drying my washing.

Fiona Taranaki
Excellent alternative

Love my laundry airer, frees up so much room in the laundry and is an aesthetically really cool touch to the house. Awesome to lift the clothes into the warmer air and so great to not have to work around standing racks. Easy to install and use. Great quality product

Jules Otago
Colonial clothes dryer

Gave it as a gift for a new build, they are pretty happy with it. Enough room for 2 washers.

Lyn Northland

Just what I have been looking for, remember having these at home when I was a kid, and have been planning on trying to make myself one.

MurrayB Manawatu
No, I do not recommend this product.

Very handy with all the wet weather we are having

Jeffrey Kawerau
Lifestyle colonial clothes airer

I love it, it doesn’t take up any floor space

Pixi Auckland
Full load of washing

I purchased this for a surprise gift for my wife as we normally dry our clothes on those small clothes horses that look like they are going to bend in half when it’s got clothes hanging on them. She wasn’t to impressed with the size of the hanging airer (2.4m) to begin with saying it’s going to make the living room look cluttered. But after a couple of days and you totally get used to it and how good it utilises the dry warm air up in the ceilings space with the fire going we have dry washing after a couple of hours! We love it

Nige Te Puke