When I began designing the floor plan of this house, I was desperately trying to shoe-horn in a second floor laundry room. One of my biggest pet peeves in our current house is schlepping up and down 3 flights of stairs with armfuls of laundry.
Unfortunately, the second floor laundry either meant no ensuite bathroom for us, or no second floor guest room. We weren't willing to compromise on either, so the laundry went back to the basement.
Then I got this great idea of putting in a laundry chute! That would save me at least one direction of laundry carrying.
I decided to put it in the main bathroom since we had the space and it was pretty much directly above the laundry room 2 floors down.
Our guys had never heard of a laundry chute before so I had to Google "how to build a laundry chute" so I could show them what to do. There are apparently a number of ways to build one, but we opted to use ducting since it is cheap and simple. The main thing to consider with ducting though, is that any joints have to be carefully taped on the inside to prevent snagging of clothes on the sharp edges.
Ideally I would have liked the chute to be a bit bigger, but we were restricted by the distance between joists and I decided not to mess with any of that. Also, my friend told me that he used to slide down his laundry chute as a child!!! Could you imagine?! At least this one is too small to fit a kid.
There it goes, right down the wall behind the future kitchen cabinets.
And out into the laundry room!
We tested it with a thick sweatshirt and it worked like a charm. I'll have to get a laundry bin to put under there to hopefully avoid a big mound of dirty clothes in the corner.