How to Hang Drying Racks From the Ceiling

Drying racks allow you to hang clothes up to air-dry instead of using a traditional outdoor clothesline or a dryer.
Drying your clothes on an air rack saves electricity.
Although you can set some drying racks on the floor or on a counter, hanging drying racks from the ceiling opens up floor space in the laundry room. And since heat rises to the ceiling, clothes hanging up near the ceiling tend to dry faster than those hung lower to the ground. Drying racks on pulley systems are simple to use and allow you to reach the clothes easily to hang them up. .

Step 1

Assemble the drying rack, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Although the exact assembly will vary based upon the model and style you purchase, many models just slide together with the wooden lathes fitting into the appropriate holes in the support beam.

Step 2

Locate and mark the studs on your ceiling with a stud-finder and pencil. Mark where you’ll attach each pulley to the ceiling. Keep in mind that the pulley should sit directly above the cast iron ends that support the lathes on the rack. Use a tape measure to find the distance between the two support beams, which is the distance apart you should place the pulleys.

Step 3

Attach the pulley hardware to the studs with an electric drill and the accompanying hardware that came in the kit.

Step 4

Run the rope through the pulleys, following the manufacturer’s instructions, and tie the ends to the center of the support beam.

Step 5

Attach the cleat hook to the wall in a convenient location. This is where you will tie up the loose ends of your pulley rope when you are not lowering or raising the drying rack.

Things You Will Need

  • Ceiling-mounted style drying rack
  • Stepladder
  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure
  • Electric drill


  • If you cannot locate a ceiling-style drying rack, you can install a sturdy curtain rod to the ceiling and hang clothes from the pole on hangers. Although you’ll likely need a stepladder to hang the clothes up, it allows you to get the clothes off the ground and exposed to the warmer air.
  • Consider purchasing an extra length of rope or an additional double pulley to extend the rope even farther up and down and keep the rope farther away from the unit.

About the Author

Daniella Lauren has worked with eHow and various new media sites as a freelance writer since 2009. Her work covers topics in education, business, and home and garden. Daniella holds a Master of Science in elementary education and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Pensacola Christian College.