How to Layout the Floor Plan of a Laundromat


Opening a self-service laundry--also known as a laundromat, although that's a trademark--involves a substantial investment in equipment. You'll need a lot of washers and dryers, of course, plus bill changers, vending machines, rolling carts, chairs and tables.

Once you have the equipment, you need an efficient floor plan so that people can get in, do their laundry and leave with a minimum of stress and hassle. The key is to start on the outside and work your way in.

  • Put front-loading machines on the perimeter. This includes all dryers and as many high-capacity washers as you can fit on the walls. You want these machines on the outside walls for two reasons.

    First, because they open from the front, rather than the top, they can be stacked.

    Second, because commercial front-loaders have clear panels on the doors, people can see from across the room whether a load is still turning; they don't need to stand over the machines to monitor them.

  • Arrange the top-loading washers in parallel rows in the center of the space. Each row must back up to a bulkhead--a short wall about 12 to 18 inches wide that houses the water lines and electrical connections. So arrange the washers in back-to-back rows with a bulkhead between them.

  • Place work tables at the ends of these rows, for customers to sort and fold their laundry.

  • Leave enough floor space in all aisles for two rolling carts to stand side by side. One person loading a cart from a machine should not be enough to block an aisle.

  • Place seating areas near windows, but oriented so that people sitting there can keep an eye on their machines. No one likes washing and drying clothes in a hot and humid self-service laundry. Your floor plan can at least ease the discomfort by allowing customers to get as much natural light as possible. Letting them keep their machines in view also lets them "pounce" as soon as a load is done, freeing up machines for the next customer.

  • Place bill changers, snack machines, detergent vending machines and other such equipment in a convenient location, readily accessible from all areas of the room, but set apart from seating areas. Don't make customers uncomfortable by forcing them to pull out their wallets in front of people sitting around idly.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit Sai Chan/iStock/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Open a Laundromat

    Although some believe a self-service laundry business provides passive income, the reverse is more often true. Not only are the steps and...

  • How to Layout a Business Floor Plan

    It's one thing to play around with your sofa and coffee table at home; it's another to figure out where the copy...

  • How to Design a Laundry Room Layout

    When it comes to designing any room of a home, consider several important factors, including function, space, and level of use and...

  • How to Make a Bathroom Floor Plan

    Creating a bathroom floor plan is an important step in the remodeling and designing process. A floor plan ensures you have enough...

  • How to Design a Commercial Laundromat

    The commercial laundromat can consistently produce a steady cash flow in both good economic times and bad. With upfront payment for your...

  • How to Design a Laundromat

    If you are looking to start a business, opening up a laundromat can be lucrative because it’s something that residents of a...

  • How to Build a Mobile Laundromat

    With the increasingly busy society we live in, more and more people are outsourcing their laundry to professionals. People who work long...

  • Basement Layout Plan Ideas

    Refinishing a basement is an excellent opportunity to expand your living space, and in many cases, increase the resale value of your...

  • Layout Ideas for a Laundry Room

    Whether you're starting from scratch or remodeling an old, out-of-date laundry room, organization and understanding your laundry room work flow are key...

Related Searches

Check It Out

Are You Really Getting A Deal From Discount Stores?

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!