Laundry Chute Door Design Tips

Laundry Chute Door Design Tips

Laundry Chute Door Ideas

Laundry chutes are great for moving heavy loads of laundry, but they also allow the user to clear their feet of dirty linen and clothes whilst they carry on tidying up in a timely manner.

However, it's important to know how to design a laundry chute door so that it works properly.
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Here are some tips to help you with this process

The position of the door will be decided by where the chute will end below. Preferably, a laundry chute should be installed above or as close to the laundry room as possible. Ideally, this should be straight up and down although this may not always be possible so you will be required to offset the chute at an angle. This should not be more than 45 °.

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Laundry Chute Size - Choosing the diameter

Once you've determined what type of door you would like, its now time to decide where the chute will go. Is there a room, or cupboard above the utility or washing machine area? If not directly above how far away is it (clothes don't fall sideways) Is it a wooden or concrete floor? If wooden how wide are the floor joists? Are there services run in the floor? You should consult your architect or builder to decide what size of chute is required. We can supply 250mm, 300mm 350mm and 400mm diameters. A 250mm is generally only installed if the space is limited between floor joists. A 300mm chute is our preferred size for a domestic family home. 350mm and 400mm is normally installed in care homes or small hotels. If you're moving a lot of laundry, consider purchasing a larger door and chute diameter. This will allow you to move more laundry at once.

Laundry Chute Door location - Choosing the door location and position

First, decide where the door will be positioned and how it will sit. Will you have the door horizontally or vertically on the wall? Make sure that the laundry chute door has enough clearance to allow the door to open. Position the door so it's not too high that you will struggle to lift the laundry and not too low that you are straining yourself. We recommend the door is 1m from the finished floor level to the middle of the door. Next, consider whether you want the door to open left, right, up or down. Our laundry chute doors for homes can be mounted in any direction and also be moved if you wish to change. Our commercial doors can only be hung left or right and will have to be decided when placing an order. This will determine where the hinges should go.


Install the Door Properly

Make sure that the door is installed properly before using it. The door should be level and flush with the wall. The door will have holes drilled so you can secure it to the structure to make a tight seal. This is also part of the fire risk assessment. There is a round spigot 10mm smaller than the chute size, this fits inside the chute. The door is then secured to the wall if vertically or onto a frame which surrounds the chute horizontally.

Laundry Chute Fire Door

All our doors are 1hr fire-rated which are suitable for domestic use only. Please note that this product is designed to meet the requirements of BS EN 14181:2007.
Our commercial doors are 90min or 2hr fire-rated and meet the requirements of BS 1703:2005, NFPA 82
Features domestic:
• Flush, beaded or surface mount
• Child and vulnerable adult friendly
• White Powder Coated Finish
Features commercial:
• Surface mount
• 4 digit changeable password control panel to allow usage by authorised users and only one door open at a time.
• Stainless steel finish
• The door meets the requirements of BS EN14181:2007
• The doors are suitable for domestic and commercial
• The doors are manufactured to fit any size of the chute

Contact us today and ensure your laundry chute stays safe and compliant. For servicing, repairs, or if you would like a laundry chute installed, the number to call is 01563 555881, or you can email us at

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