Well planned is half assembled.

Good planning ensures that the Hangbird is practical to use and that its assembly is easy.

First consider the frame position in the room:

  1. The frame with the laundry should be placed in the room in such a way that the laundry can easily be hung up standing along one of the long sides of the frame.
  2. The frame needs space on the ceiling, the laundry should hang freely when it is hung up, and the frame should move up and down unhindered.

Then imagine where the ropes will be positioned:

  1. The paths of the ropes should be free of obstacles such as beams or protrusions.
  2. The pulley, which moves moves the frame, needs a free strip on one wall. The lower end of the pulley (the cleat) is positioned at height which approximately corresponds to the lower position of the frame.

For special room situations or if you have any questions, you are welcome to send us some pictures of the possible location (ideally from several angles) with the appropriate dimensions to: info@hangbird.net.

All photos on this page taken by Fransi Freiwald@7undzwanzig. Thank you very much!

Positioning of the frame within the room

For planning, visualize the entire process of hanging up the laundry at the planned location:

  • how to operate the frame,
  • how the frame comes down from the ceiling and
  • how to hang up the laundry from the basket on the frame.

Basically, the frame and the pulley system can be placed independently of each other. This increases flexibility when choosing the location.

The pulley should be easily accessible.

At first glance, the following symmetrical cable routing may look nicer – but you are in the way when the frame drops.

Better: When the frame is lowered, both the pulley and the frame should be easily.

It should be possible to hang something comfortably on the frame.

Even in tight situations, e.g. a hall, the Hangbird can fit in well. However, there should still be enough space to hang up the laundry.

Due to the central position in the corridor, there is not enough space to hang the laundry from the long side between the wall and the frame.

Better: You can comfortably step sideways with enough space on the long side of the frame and from there hang the laundry on the frame.

The laundry needs space to fly (and to dry)

In every position (above, below and in between) the frame should keep a distance of 10-20 cm on all sides to obstacles such as doorknobs, shelves and walls.

The frame needs space on the ceiling and sufficient clearance to:

  • Lights
  • Bars
  • Doors
  • Shelves
  • etc.

Space is needed in the lower position:

  • for one person to stand and hang up and
  • for the laundry so that it can hang unhindered from the frame.

Important: check the location in the room beforehand!

Free run to and on the ceiling

Attachment to the ceiling

The frame hangs on four suspension cables that run parallel to the ceiling. The rollers are attached to the ceiling according to the attachment points on the frame.

Name of model External dimensions of frame Distance between pulleys
B b
Width "60" 58 cm 32 cm
"70" 71 cm 45 cm
"80" 84 cm 58 cm
L l
Length "100" 107 cm 103 cm
"150" 157 cm 153 cm
"200" 202 cm 198 cm

The ropes compensate for differences of a few centimeters well and generously.

However, sometimes there is a substantial difference “D” (> 10 cm) between the distance on the frame and the distance of the hooks due to space constraints. The ropes adjust to this difference, and thus the frame will put itself in the middle so that the difference is shared on either side (D/2 in the figure).

Then the upper frame position should be chosen so that the distance to the ceiling is just as large as this difference. This ensures that the ropes do not run too diagonally to each other and then pull against each other.

In the upper position, the frame can be pulled up to 7 cm close to the ceiling. After attaching the pulley, the lower edge of the frame is then approx. 12 cm below the ceiling. The frame is 3.3 cm thick.

Of course, more space can be left to the ceiling. This can be selected individually during assembly.

Free rope routes on the ceiling

The four suspension ropes are deflected on the ceiling and converge in a star shape on the wall. The rope routes should be free of obstacles such as beams or protrusions.

The two double pulleys, which redirect the suspension ropes downwards to the pulley system, can be attached to the wall or to the ceiling.

We also add a generous amount of rope. If your ceilings are higher than 4 metres, please let us know on the checkout pages (or by email) so that we can add more rope.

The pulley is slim and strong

The frame is operated by the pulley system. You need a narrow strip on the wall that is free of obstacles and easily accessible.

The lower fastening point of the pulley (with a cleat on the wooden base plate) results from the travel path of the frame between the upper and lower position.

When installing or selecting the drilling points, attention should also be paid to the route of the lines.

Never mind: checklist in a nutshell

Many hundreds of Hangbirds have successfully taken off so far, and hopefully many more will follow if you follow the checklist below:

  1. Visually imagine the frame at its future location.
  2. Has the position been chosen so that it is easy to operate the pulley and hang the laundry up?
  3. Does the frame have space on the ceiling?
  4. Is the laundry hanging freely in the lower position of the frame?
  5. Do the ropes run freely and without obstacles?
  6. Is there a narrow strip on the wall with a length corresponding to the “travel height” of the frame?
  7. If the ceiling height is more than 4 metres, please leave a short comment on the checkout pages or send us an email so that we can add more rope.

If you have a special situation or if you have any questions, please feel free to send us pictures of the planned location (ideally from several angles) with the appropriate dimensions to info@hangbird.net.

Now nothing should stand in the way of the flying laundry!