How to Build a Laundry Chute

  • 2-8 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-200
What You'll Need
Circular saw
Measuring tape
Nails or screws
Length of metal duct work (optional)

If you are tired of lugging heavy loads of laundry up and down from your basement, installing a laundry chute can take care of the problem.

Step 1 - Placement

The first thing you need to decide is where you want to install your laundry chute. While most people place them in the bathroom or a bedroom, the choice is yours. Once you have chosen where you want to place the cabinet, check to make sure that you won’t be cutting through any floor or ceiling joists.

Before you start cutting, you need to make sure the spot on your main floor matches up with where you want the laundry to go in the basement. Just because you think your bathroom is directly over your laundry room doesn’t mean that it actually is. Measure out from the wall to where you want to place the top of the laundry chute. Using that measurement, go to the basement and, starting at the same wall, see where your laundry will end up. Make any needed adjustments. Double check your measurements to avoid mistakes.

Step 2 - Hole Size

Once you are satisfied with your spot, use a circular saw to cut the hole. You can make the hole circular, square, or rectangular. It will need to be big enough that you can get your laundry through it, but small enough that the cabinetry will cover it up, at least 12-inches at the narrowest point. Cut a hole the same size in the bottom of the cabinet.

Step 3 - Secure cabinet

laundry room

Next, you want to secure the cabinet over the laundry chute hole, using nails or screws. You can also line the cabinet with aluminum flashing to make cleaning easier. If you have small children in the home, you will want to add a childproof lock to the cabinet in order to protect a child from climbing in and falling.

Step 4 - Another Option

For some people, this is the end of the project and they have a laundry chute. But what if you can’t cut the hole for your laundry chute so it matches up with where you need the laundry to go? You can always use a length of metal duct work to guide the laundry into the correct spot.

If you choose to go this route, you will need to cut the hole to fit the duct work. You will want the duct work to be able to fit snugly into the hole. Once you have the duct work in the hole, attach to either the cabinetry or the floor. If you want to angle the laundry in a different direction, attach two pieces of duct work so they form an angle. Metal ductwork is also helpful if you are building a multi level laundry chute. Place a laundry hamper at the bottom of the chute to catch all of the laundry that is thrown down.