Size and Material -Making the Right Decisions!
Choosing the size and material for your laundry chute can be tricky when you are not sure of what is required. We provide the information you need to make the right choices.
We manufacture circular chutes because it is the most efficient shape, and unlike square and rectangular chutes they are prone to blockages.
The size of the laundry chute design depends on the amount of space you have available. The encasement determines the area for the chute. Below we have listed the minimum boxing needed.
The minimum boxing required:
250 mm diameter laundry chute is 300 mm x 350 mm
300 mm diameter laundry chute is 400 mm x 450 mm
400 mm diameter laundry chute is 500 mm x 550 mm.
Exploring the circular chute sizes that we supply:
Thanks to gravity, circular shape and smooth interior, even the largest clothing item will fit into the opening of a 250 mm chute will land up in the laundry basket. Things we would not suggest loading are double and king size duvet.
A 250 mm diameter laundry chute is ideal for properties where space is limited. Most of the chutes supplied in this size have been straight, but we have also undertaken challenging designs where lots of bends were required.
The most popular size is a 300 mm laundry chute. Large bath towels, duvet covers and coats fit with no problem, and deposit easier than the 250 mm. We would still not recommend depositing duvets and pillows.
There are no limits to the item size, everything including large duvets fit into the 400 mm laundry chute. This size is supplied into light commercial applications and homes with lots of space.
Laundry chute location.
Typical locations for the start of a laundry chute are on the landing, family bathroom or en-suite. Most laundry chutes finish in the utility room, kitchen or ground floor cupboard with a laundry basket below. Our laundry chutes can either finish at a high level (between 150mm and 500mm from the ceiling) or lower around 1400mm off the finished floor level. To use space efficiently, it is best to have the chute finishing about 150mm below the ceiling above a shelf where the laundry basket resides. This allows space underneath to be used.
What is the best material to use for the laundry chute?
Why stainless steel?
Cost – a chute bespokely built on site from MDF or similar will still require a smooth internal surface to prevent snags. The material and labour costs are likely to exceed the cost of our stainless steel chute.
Design – our large selection of components allows for virtually all options.
Static – unlike plastic, stainless steel doesn’t generate static which can cause fire.
Fire Protection -the stainless steel we use has a generic 30 minute fire resistance. All our laundry chute doors have a British standard fire rating and exceed building regulation.
Durability – Stainless steel is rust proof, so wet clothing or towels will have no affect. It looks attractive, is hygienic and easy to clean.