Chapter 8: Laundry
These universal design features will help eliminate the need to wear dirty clothes because laundry will be easy to manage.
Residential Universal Design Building Code, 2023 version. © The Universal Design Project.
At least 48" (122cm) of floor space needs to be in front of the laundry machine(s). This space can be in a laundry room or part of another room/hallway if the machine(s) are in a closet.
Washers and/or dryers need to be positioned a minimum of 18" (46cm) away from any corner. This includes the corners of door frames.
If the laundry area is in a room (i.e., not in a closet), 5×5′ of floor space or a 60″ (152cm) turning radius is required.
The laundry area should be adjacent to the master bedroom.
Side-by-side front-load washer and dryer -or- a combo washer/dryer.
Machine(s) should be on a pedestal, on a raised platform, or in cabinetry at least 8" (20cm) off the floor.
The hookups for the washer should be located on the left, and the ones for the dryer on the right.
A place to fold or sort laundry should exist, ideally with clearance underneath for optional seated access. This workspace should either be at counter height (34-36" / 86-91cm) or adjustable with a minimum range of 30-42" (76-107cm).
A sink with clearance underneath for optional seated access should either be in the laundry room/area or in close proximity (e.g., in an adjacent bathroom or kitchen).
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