Sheila Maid Ceiling Clothes Airer

Sheila Maid Ceiling Clothes Airer


Welcome to the Irish home of the Sheila Maid hanging clothes airer.  This iconic clothes airer is perfect for safe and environmental drying of laundry.  Used since Victorian times, the clothes airer is a great asset to any household.  We stock a large range of airers as well a full range of spares and authentic replacement parts.

PLEASE NOTE – Sheila Maids come in and out of stock regularly.  If the one you need is showing as Out of Stock please email us at [email protected] with details of which Sheila Maid you require and we will put your name on our back order list. We will let you know by email when we get a new delivery and organise purchase.  The wait time is usually between 3 and 4 weeks.


All you need to dry your clothes for free; cotton ropes, replacement Sheila Maid cast iron rack ends available in 4 and 6 rail sizes and 2 colours. replacement FSC wooden rails. spare or replacement double or single pulley with cast wheels.

****See Tips Before Buying and More Information below…


Sheila Maid Clothes Airer

'The Eco Way To Dry Each Day'...
The Sheila Maid kit comes complete with:

Timber laths (4 or 6 in chosen length)
Rack ends
Single and Double Pulley
Cleat/wall tie for holding rope secure
and 10 metre cotton rope.

Customers have a choice of 2 colours (black or white), 2 widths (4 or 6 lath) and 3 different lath lengths - see DETAILS below for dimensions and variations drop down menu for ordering.

If the Sheila Maid you're looking for is out of stock, email or call us and we'll contact you as soon as the next batch arrives.  We restock them every 3 weeks, approximately.
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The 4 rail Sheila Maid® is 39.5 cm or 15.5" wide.

The 6 rail Sheila Maid is wide 56 cm or 22" wide.

The 2 extra rails will give you 50% more drying space!

There are 3 set lengths to choose from: -   1.45 m/57"    1.83 m/72"     2.13 m/84"

Double pulleys and Sheila Maid rope also available in drop down menu.

More information...

The wood used for wooden rails or laths is carefully selected from sustainable resources, from FSC managed forests. The wood is specially kiln-dried and given no further treatment. This provides you with a durable rail that will stand up to many years of drying. Choosing a colour means selecting the colour of the cast iron parts (rack ends, pulleys and cleat) you would prefer. The 'Original' Black is the first Sheila Maid® produced and remains the most popular.  White is the other option available here at The Old Mill Stores.

The Sheila Maid® uses the original curved shape cast iron rack ends that have been a part of traditional households for over 100 years. We offer either a 4 or 6 Rail Version of the Sheila Maid®.

Optional Double Pulley - Some customers opt for an extra double pulley and there is good reason for this: If your clothes airer is installed some distance from a wall, the rope will need to travel from the Sheila Maid to the cleat (where you fix the rope in a 'figure of eight') to secure your Sheila Maid®. An additional double pulley can be fitted further along the ceiling. This will lift your rope out of the way, allowing it to travel along the ceiling rather than across the room, until it reaches the cleat on your wall. This is especially useful if your cleat cannot be fixed close by or, if you are installing a Sheila Maid® on to a sloping ceiling.

  • Extra double pulleys in black and white & extra rope available in drop down menu.
Tips before buying -
  • Sheila Maid must be affixed to ceiling joist - not simply screwed into ceiling plasterboard.
  • Check with builder/engineer if you intend installing in concrete (eg Ducon) ceiling. It can be done but special fixings required.
  • Measure/Check the intended location for Sheila Maid carefully to make sure it will fit, can be secured properly and safely and can be easily lowered and raised.  Opened/damaged boxes cannot be returned.
  • Read Description section above for detailed information on Sheila Maid Kit contents, materials, sizes, colours etc,.
  • In the interest of safety please tie Sheila Maid cord fully and securely to its cleat and out of reach of children or pets.
  • Note our Returns Policy - Let us know (within 7 days of receipt) by email if you intend to return Sheila Maid - [email protected]  Goods must be returned in the same condition as they were delivered - packed in original, undamaged packaging in a resalable condition for a refund or replacement.  For more detailed information see - out Terms and Conditions page here.

If you have any queries please email us at [email protected]



Additional information


1.4m Black 4 rail, 1.4m Black 6 rail, 1.4m White 4 rail, 1.4m White 6 rail, 1.83m Black 4 rail, 1.83m Black 6 rail, 1.83m White 4 rail, 1.83m White 6 rail, 2.13m Black 4 rail, 2.13m Black 6 rail, 2.13m White 4 rail, 2.13m White 6 rail, Replacement Rope, Double Pulley Black, Double Pulley White

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