How to Install a Laundry Chute in the Floor

Updated on July 19, 2017
Install a laundry chute in the floor. This is the view looking up from the laundry room to the box we built to catch the laundry from above.
Install a laundry chute in the floor. This is the view looking up from the laundry room to the box we built to catch the laundry from above. | Source

Are you one of the many homeowners who has their laundry downstairs? Do you hate having to walk down the stairs lugging dirty laundry to your laundry room? Why not save yourself time and energy, by installing a laundry chute in the floor of your closet.

Not only can installing a laundry chute in your home provide convenience, but it can also increase the value of your home. Many homebuyers appreciate conveniences and the laundry room is no exception.

Installing a laundry chute in the floor is easy and does not take a lot of supplies. Here are somes tips and tricks to installing a laundry chute safely and easily in the floor of your closet.

Laundry chute with swinging trap door.
Laundry chute with swinging trap door. | Source

Things to Consider when Installing a Laundry Chute in the Floor

Before you start, here are a few things you should consider first.

  • Check with your state and local building codes to see if there are any regulations to laundry chutes in homes.
  • Determine the route. The best route is the most direct, but you want to be aware of the placement of electrical wiring, plumbing, and ductwork before you start cutting.
  • Design with safety in mind. If there are small children or small pets in the household, a chute in the floor may not be the best choice. A chute in the wall with a locking door is best for these households.

Locking latch and eyehooks.
Locking latch and eyehooks. | Source

Alternative Materials

We chose to use sanded wood with a polyurethane sealer, but here are a few alternative materials:

  • Melamine
  • Sheet metal
  • Drywall

Tools & Materials Needed

Tools

  • Circular saw (a.k.a Skil saw)
  • Cordless screw gun
  • Carpet knife
  • Staple gun
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint brush

Materials

  • 1 inch screws
  • 4 inch hinges
  • 1 x 2 wood slats
  • 1 x 4 wood slats
  • Metal eye hooks and locking latch
  • Carpenter staples
  • Polyurethane sealer

Laundry chute opening in floor.
Laundry chute opening in floor. | Source

How to make a Laundry Chute in your Floor

We chose to put a laundry chute in the closet floor of our master bedroom. Because our closet is located right above the laundry area in the basement, we didn't really need a chute and used a laundry hold with a trap door instead.

  1. First, we checked to make sure there wasn't any plumbing or wiring in the way and then used the carpet knife to cut an X in the carpet where the opening would be.
  2. Pulling the carpet out of the way, we then used the circular saw to cut a rectangular hole roughly 6.5 in by 12 in.
  3. Then we took the staple gun and folded the carpet on each side and stapled it to the bottom of the subfloor. This keeps the opening smooth so as not to snag clothing.

Building the Laundry Hold

We chose to use sanded wood with a polyurethane seal because we were not using a chute, but just a temporary hold (a box on the laundry room ceiling that catches the laundry falling from the bedroom above) so we wouldn't have to worry as much about snagging clothes. We built the box using 1 x 2's, 1 x 4's, 2 4 inch hinges, and a ton of 1 inch screws.

The hinges were placed on the bottom of the laundry hold on one side and the eyehooks, and a locking latch was placed on the other. This allows the trap door to be locked into place to hold the weight of the clothes. Then when you are ready to do laundry, you can release the latch and the door swings open, dropping the dirty laundry into your basket.

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      • Novel Treasure profile imageAUTHOR

        Novel Treasure 

        6 years ago from US

        Lol I know! If only getting it back upstairs were just as easy!

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        Kerry43 

        6 years ago

        I continue to be amazed by the ideas I find on here. This is excellent! We are about to move our laundry appliances down into the basement, so this is a great guide. I think I will be able to do this myself. I also hadn't though about it adding value to our home. Good point! Now, if I can just work out another device to get it back upstairs I will be a happy camper ;)

        Interesting, thanks!

        Kerry

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