The Small Things… LOFTi Laundry drying rack

(In the past, one of the things that held me up from blogging was that I felt my posts were going to be one-dimensional or too simple if you like, but there are so many things I find and love and want to share that I’m creating a new column for them called ‘The Small Things’. Short and sweet. ;) )

When I was growing up we lived in a house with an old fashioned airer that was fixed to the ceiling and had a pully system to raise and lower it for hanging the washing out to dry on. It helped that it was in the same room as the boiler (and I believe some people will have seen them above Aga’s?) but it was a demon at drying clothes in the winter. As a result I don’t remember having a tumble dryer when we were growing up either. Since we moved into this house and when Bea was small we now have somewhere to put a dryer (the cellar) and bought one, but I have been wholeheartedly disappointed with it – I find it shrinks Bea’s clothes so they don’t last long at all, and apart from towels which it is great for, the drying takes forever. Bedding just gets in a big warm wet ball.

Over the last 2 years as we have renovated different rooms in the house, lots of the rooms have been out of action as dumping grounds or just out of the way, so we have always had a ‘drying room’. Read: Mountains of clothes hanging to dry, (slowly and sometimes with that damp smell that I hate!) and piles more that have been dumped off the dryer but not put away. I was so fed up of it I decided we needed one of these drying racks and set about finding one. I opted for the Lakeland Lofti aluminium drying rack as it was light and completely smooth so no chance of snagging tights and the like. We have positioned it on the landing of our top floor. It’s not that warm up there, as the roof insulation is virtually non-existent, but its above a radiator and so far I couldn’t be happier about how quickly things dry. The added (intentional) bonus is that once new washing needs to go on it, it has to be cleared and the clean laundry can’t just be dumped on the landing so it is getting put away in a timely fashion. #winwin!

If you have somewhere you could put one, I’d highly recommend it!

Rebecca x

Disclaimer! Edited to add, this is not a paid review, nor was the LOFTi provided for review. It was bought by me and I liked it enough to share.

13 thoughts on “The Small Things… LOFTi Laundry drying rack

  1. Apt timing – I’ve just bought a tumble drier on eBay (for towels and bedding mostly). I’m collecting on Monday so fingers crossed it’ll be effective!

    My in-laws bought me a heated airer from Lakeland for my birthday 5 years ago and I was slightly horrified at the time – I thought they were making some kind of statement about a woman’s place in the home and it was a bit of a boring gift for a 24 y-o. However, I love it! It’s compact, it dries quickly, does clothes that can’t be tumbled and caters for those pesky ‘dry flat’ items. But now we’ve got a fluffy puppy who sticks to mud like velcro and just don’t have the space to keep up with drying everything on the airer any more.

    Tl;dr – Lakeland heated airer highly recommended!

  2. Another vote for the Lakeland heated airer – we bought one when our tumble dryer went bang a few months back – it’s been brilliant! The one thing I miss is when you have a single item you need dried quickly – but I’m not buying another tumble drier just for that!

  3. We don’t have a tumble drier. It’s a case of money always being tight re buying one, and also I think it uses a lot of electricity. Never had one, so don’t miss it. I have friends who love their tumble driers, and reckon they couldn’t cope without.

    We have an indoor drying rack and outside clothes line. We also have a massive airing cupboard. I find I have to be organised. As long as I put a load in the washing machine every day, and either on rack or outside to dry, it’s fine. If I get behind with the washing, especially during wet weather, that’s when it gets problematic. Ava wears a lot of second hand clothes (I get bags and bags from older cousin, and also buy a bit myself from Nearly New Sales). Her having loads of clothes makes it easier if I get behind.

    Thanks for the post. It reminded me that when I one day live in a big farmhouse (husband is farmer, and eventually we are meant to be swapping with in-laws, I’d like one of those big Victorian driers with pulleys).

    xx

  4. I try to dry everything outside when the weather allows (sometimes it is just too windy where we live, so everything gets wound around the line/tangled). Failing that I am afraid I do use my tumble drier and I love it. It is a vented one though – I have never found condenser ones to be very effective!

    A quick question about the drying rack – have you found it has increased condensation in your house? I seem to be fighting a constant battle with it anyway, and have always feared that drying clothes on a rack/radiator would make it worse!

  5. This post is great timing for me as I was just thinking about these the other day, and wondering if we could incorporate one into the plan for a new utility area!

    Is the length adjustable, Rebecca?

    Using a dehumidifier near drying washing seems to help a lot with condensation and also makes the washing dry much more quickly…although they are bulky and ugly!

  6. This post is great timing for me as I was just thinking about these the other day, and wondering if we could incorporate one into the plan for a new utility area!

    Is the length adjustable, Rebecca? Can’t actually see on the site how long it is.

    Using a dehumidifier near drying washing seems to help a lot with condensation and also makes the washing dry much more quickly…although they are bulky and ugly!

  7. Love the vintage look of the rack though I agree with others – the Lakeland heated airer would be hard to beat. It’s amazing, especially in the winter months. Dries clothes super fast (we’re constantly running out of clean school uniform), you can put 2 or more layers on it, clothes don’t get that dry, crunchy feel that they get in the dryer, warms the top floor of the house too and costs the same as a light bulb to run.

  8. The lakeland heated airer is great, my mother in law has one.
    I also got a hetaed airer, but from B & M Bargains! it was half the price £30 and even she says its nearly identical!

  9. Hi Rebecca.

    Thanks for your Tips although The link you provided for Lakeland is broken…. Do they still sell it do you think?

    I too live in a small space – a cottage. When I’ve done the washing it feels lint the whole house is a laundry service!

    I’d love to get it out the way and hanging from the ceiling!

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