The Clothesmaid

  • The original ceiling airer
  • Classic design with overall width of 39cm
  • Pulleys have cast metal wheels as standard

Additional options

Why would I need a 15m rope?

This is useful when you are positioning the clothes airer away from the wall or if you have high ceilings. In this case it’s advisable to also buy an additional double pulley.

When do I need an extra double pulley?

When you are positioning your airer in a larger room and away from the wall. The extra pulley will keep the rope close to the ceiling and provide a good angle down the wall to the cleat. Please see diagram on assembly instructions. (If you are using wall brackets you will need 3 wall brackets if you order an extra double pulley)

How do rubber grippers help?

These prevent your wooden slats from sliding. They are easily fitted to each end of every wooden slat by pushing them up to the metal rackends. You can even put them on the inside of the rack ends so they are less visible. Available in black only.

Wall Brackets?

Fix to the wall instead of the ceiling with our bespoke wall brackets. You would normally require 2 brackets but 3 if an additional double pulley is needed for larger rooms. For more information see the Wall Bracket TAB under the ADD TO BASKET. A black airer will come with black brackets as standard. A white airer will come with white brackets as standard. If you are ordering a coloured airer please let us know which you would prefer.

From £72.99

Spend over £175 for free delivery – (UK Mainland, excluding Highlands)

For assistance or advice, or to simply order over the phone, please contact us on 01283 576080.

Why buy The Clothesmaid

  • The original pulley ceiling airer
  • Period style airer includes pulleys with cast metal wheels as standard
  • Space saving, practical solution
  • Economical alternative to tumble dryer
  • Use your room’s natural warmth
  • Lower your carbon footprint
  • Clothesmaid make a donation to the ITF, which means a tree is planted for every four airers sold (see ”Our Story”)
Airer slats length

0.9m, 1.2m, 1.5m, 1.8m, 2.0m, Kit only – no slats

Iron rack end colour

Black, Old English White

Rack end width


Rack end height


Clearance height from ceiling when fully retracted


Boxed size less slats (ironmongery)

40 x 7 x 17cm

Wall Brackets

The Clothesmaid can also be wall fitted when ceiling fitting is not an option using our special Wall Brackets. You simply order the brackets with the airer and leave the rest to us. ONLY BLACK BRACKETS AVAILABLE CURRENTLY


We aim to dispatch all items within 3 working days using a National courier for our large items and Royal Mail 2nd Class for smaller items. During busy periods please allow a little longer as we are a small team.

For couriered items you will receive an email the day of dispatch to advise of the delivery date. Usually the couriers will then email you on the day with a time slot and tracking information. We encourage the use of a leave safe instruction where possible i.e ‘leave with neighbour or in porch if out’.

Delivery Charges

  • Mainland England, Wales & Central Scotland – £8.99 (1-2 working days from dispatch)
  • Scottish Highlands / North Scotland: £24.30 (2-3 working days from dispatch)
  • Isle of Wight – £33.55 (3-5 working days from dispatch)
  • Northern Ireland – £29.70 (3-5 working days from dispatch)
  • Ireland – Please contact us for a price
  • Channel Islands, Isle of Man & Scottish Offshore – Please contact us for a price
  • Worldwide deliveries – Please contact us for a price

Free Delivery on all orders over £175 (UK Mainland only, excluding Highlands)

Delivery is £5.99 for orders under £20.00 (UK mainland only).

What's Included

All our ceiling airers come complete and ready to fit with:

  • Cast iron rack ends
  • Cast iron pulleys
  • Cast iron wall cleat with fixings
  • Best quality British rope
  • Wooden pine slats (except Kit only)
  • Easy fitting instructions

All you need to decide is the colour and the length. You may need additional options so click on the ? to find out more.


Clothesmaid instructions

Click here for a printable version.

Wall Bracket

Wall Bracket:

  • Fix to the wall when ceiling fixing is not possible (as with suspended ceilings in modern homes)
  • Strong wooden ready assembled brackets in black or white
  • Suitable for our Popular and Clothesmaid airers
  • Your pulleys will be pre-fitted to these brackets when you order a Clothesmaid or Popular airer.
  • These brackets do NOT include wall fixings. This is because walls vary and require different fixings.
  • Normally you would use two brackets but you may need a third if you have an additional double pulley.

Wall Bracket Technical Specification:

  • Bracket Height: 33cm
  • Bracket Projection: 31cm
  • Bracket Width: 7cm (with 4 screw holes)
  • Wall Clearance: 10cm (from the wall to the inside slat)
  • Fully Retracted Height: 22cm for Popular and 28cm for Clothesmaid airers. This is helpful for door clearance.
  • Bracket Colour: Black, White. 
  • Wall Fixings Not Included: This is because walls vary and require different fixings. Ideally fix to solid masonry walls. We don’t advise fixing to stud walls unless noggins or suitable fixings can be used. If in doubt consult your builder/handyman.

2 Wall Brackets:
2 Wall Brackets
3 Wall Brackets:
3 Wall Brackets

18 reviews for The Clothesmaid

  1. Mrs F. Knight, Norfolk

    My Aunt used to have one of these and i’ve been waiting for years to have my own, the day finally came! Thank you for your advice Jonathan. The YouTube video is also excellent at explaining how to install easily. Fabulous. Mrs K

  2. Susan C, Stockport

    Love my clothesmaid, best thing i’ve bought all year!

  3. T Billings, Manchester

    Very pleased, money and space saving. Fantastic product, the Victorians knew what they were doing.

  4. Robert M, Stockport

    5 start product, fast delivery and very helpful advise. Cheers

  5. Sally P, Twickenham

    We haven’t needed to use the tumble drier since we installed this last month which is amazing. With the Clothesmaid inside and the wooden prop supporting the washing line outside , we are fully set! Thanks for your advice when ordering too it was greatly appreciated!

  6. Janet R, Yorkshire

    The perfect addition to our utility room, thanks Clothesmaid

  7. T Brown, Hay on Wye

    I’ve just opened my Clothesmaid, the smell of the pine is beautiful. Can’t wait to get it up. Photos to follow. Thanks for the advice pre-purchase, Jonathan you were so helpful and friendly.

  8. Tom Foster

    Beautifully made.

  9. Charlotte W, Chesterfield

    Thank you Clothesmaid. Great quality. It gets used everyday.

  10. Barbara P, W. Sussex

    5 star customer service and quality. Brilliant, it’s perfect!

  11. Felicity Richmond, Birmingham

    Mine is the best purchase I’ve made in a long time! I love it!

  12. Shirley Theaker, Burton upon Trent

    I am really pleased with the Clothesmaid, it is positioned near the boiler and I use it every week for my washing.

  13. Cath Munro, London

    We love our clothesmaid pulley – in fact, as a mother of twin toddlers and a newborn who does multiple washes every day, I couldn’t live without it!

  14. Steven Probert, Farnborough

    Just got my delivery, right on time. Everything just right, many thanks

  15. Christine Thompson, York

    Thank you the ‘clothes maid’ was delivered by 10.30 am weds morning, put up Weds afternoon and in use now. I’ve been going to get one for years and eventually done it! Many thanks for an efficient and easy transaction.

  16. Bridget B, Wiltshire

    I love it, it’s just what I needed and it’s in virtually daily use

  17. Joy R, Somerset

    Thank you for the clothes pulley which arrived as scheduled. It’s up and ready for operation. Your service is efficient and the product excellent so I will be recommending your company to anyone who asks.

  18. Glenda Hawley, Duffield, Derbyshire

    I haven’t used my tumble drier at all since the Clothesmaid was installed.
    Just put 2 loads of washing on it due to the inclement weather, that’s putting it mildly.

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The Clothesmaid is our top of the range airer

The Clothesmaid is our original airer and comes with our name proudly cast into the centre of each rack end.
It is made from solid cast iron, handcrafted in the Victorian style with high quality pinewood slats to form a stable & robust drying platform for clothes. The wooden slats are finished to a high standard and are untreated to prevent any staining or discolouration of clothing.

iron rackends for clothesmaid

It looks equally at home in period and contemporary properties.

The rack ends which are 39cm wide and 16cm high come in a choice of black or old English white with matching cast iron, ceiling mounted pulleys and cleat hook.
Our Clothesmaid airer also comes with a 10m high quality, cotton sash cord.

The Clothesmaid can also be wall fitted when ceiling fitting is not an option using our special Wall Brackets (see tab above). You simply order the brackets with the airer and leave the rest to us.

The Clothesmaid pulleys

Its pulleys come with highly durable cast iron wheels as standard

Rack ends are solid cast iron, and the pulleys are cast iron with highly durable cast metal wheels – (we also sell spares & accessories for all our hanging clothes airers). This Victorian clothes airer looks equally at home in contemporary and period properties due to its iconic design.
Your order will arrive with everything you need including fixings to get your hanging airer system operating and drying clothes in no time!

Images from our customers

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