Laundry Chutes?

robynstampsNovember 26, 2013

What are your thoughts on laundry chutes? I hadn't planned on doing any in our upcoming build (only 3 months until start day!) but with 5 kids all living upstairs and the only laundry on the 1st floor I was consider adding some. I'd love to see your pictures if you all have some as well. Pros and cons?? I definitely don't want any children playing in them so they would need to be large enough for clothes but too small for a child to go sliding.

Thank you!
Robyn

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moon1234

Any chute that is useful will be large enough for a small child to go down. If they are not that size then laundry gets stuck. We have 8, soon to be 9 kids and have laundry chutes in our build plans.

I am now considering just putting a stacked laundry set on the 2nd floor and doing their laundry on the 2nd floor. We will still need a laundry on the 1st floor since the boys will be in the finished basement and the girls on the 2nd floor.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2013 at 5:00PM
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whirlpool_trainee

You might install some sort of metal bar in front of the opening so clothes can fit through it but not children.

Alex

    Bookmark   November 27, 2013 at 7:48PM
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housefairy

I put one in after we bought the house. It's bad enough to have to haul clothes up the stairs, but at least you only have to do it one way. I would suggest to have the chute dump into a cabinet. Also, have cabinetry set up so you can then sort the dirty clothes. It's then easy to see when you need to do a load. I never really thought about kids or pets taking any kind of ride down the chute.

Whirlpool trainee does have a good idea about maybe a bar to keep that from happening if you have concerns.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2013 at 10:54PM
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liriodendron

You need a fire stop door to prevent a basement fire from spreading rapidly throughout the house. Dependng on your fuel type and heating equipment you may also need to consider the risk of spreading poorly-vented carbon monoxide closer to your sleeping rroms.

At the very least, I would install both a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector on the "roof" of the chute.

L.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2013 at 11:25PM
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coco4444

+1. Not sure if just urban legend, but I have heard they are not to code in some places due to fire regulations.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2013 at 8:52PM
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twomartins

My contractor (who is a friend), told me they were not done where we live due to fire regulations, which does make sense here. However, anywhere in the US the number one cause of house fires is the dryer, so if the chute is near the dryer, which is the only way it's useful, then its dangerous. And all adventurous kids will go down them if they fit.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2013 at 12:22AM
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