How do I build device for laundry basket to move up & down stairs?

by Potatcat

Please, I need ideas for builds that do the carrying/pulling of a laundry bag/basket up & down stairs. A crank pulley system will not work since that still requires a certain amount of strength.

Or anyone know how to build a motorized version of the pulley system ?

My mom is 66 years young & is having surgery on her right shoulder next month, April 6, 2022. She has also recently recovered from back surgery. This why I am looking for something that doesn’t involve manual exertion on her part.

Thanks in advance! 🙏🏽

  17 answers
  • Rather than having to install a pulley system, the laundry could be put in a bag and rolled down the stairs. To get it back up, make a few trips with light loads.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 14, 2022

    I just thought of perhaps a motorized clothes rack. Not sure if that will work but I'm thinking similar to what a dry cleaner's has.

  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 14, 2022

    As a caregiver, it sounds like its time for Mom to move to a ground level unit with her existing medical conditions. If not, can you rig a pulley system into a window, anchoring the pulley into the roof overhang in front of one of her windows. That could be motorized.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 14, 2022

    Does your mom live alone? How many floors does her house have? Will she have a care giver or someone to help her around her home while she recovers? Have you contacted your GP regarding in home help?

  • William William on Mar 14, 2022

    My only idea is to build a slide on one side of the stairs. You can add a crank winch at the top of the stairs waist height to pull the laundry basket up. the basket can be slid down without using the winch. Crank winches can be bought at Menards, Home Depot. A crank winch doesn't take a lot of strength since there is a gear ratio to make it easy. You just need to configure things for your mothers' comfort.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Mar 14, 2022

    Will this laundry lifting device be a permanent structure in the home, or just temporary while your mom recovers? If it is planned to be only temporary, it may be more cost effective to hire someone to help with laundry tasks instead of building or purchasing an automatic device.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Mar 14, 2022

    Why don’t you ring the machine up stairs

  • Larrypickett2112 Larrypickett2112 on Mar 15, 2022

    Multiple pulleys rigged from ceiling to handrail area will make any physical effort much easier. the more pulleys the lighter the load!

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Mar 15, 2022

    Hi, your Mom sounds amazing. I hope her op goes really well and that she recovers quickly. WRT your question, I found this video that may help -

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 15, 2022

    Wishing your mom a speedy recovery and all goes as planned.

    She should be able to concentrate on the healing process rather than be concerned about the laundry and all the rest of the chores that come with a house. Her health is the main focus. Your mom will be doing PT eventually to help her shoulder heal as it should. She needs help. If she is holding or pulling with her good arm, that leaves the other arm vulnerable. Depending on where your mom lives, there is help available through agencies, social workers, nursing, all is about the level of aide she needs. Contact her Dr and see what resources are available post-op.

  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 19, 2022

    Here is a motorized grocery hauler.... And if you look at a couple down below, they use the same hoister to make a dumb waiter. Bunch of ideas there.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Mar 19, 2022

    You may want to think about installing a chair lift. The chair lift is something she can use in the future and for now can help her carry the laundry upstairs.

  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 05, 2022

    Hello, what about something like this?

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 02, 2023

    If laundry shoot is already in place a pulley system with some sort of basket would work.

  • Ray h Ray h on Jul 07, 2023

    I solved the problem with motorized lift. Only if you have an open foyer

    i used a Bluetooth winch “MyLIFTER”

    ani installed it in the attic of the second floor

    it will lift 50 lbs. it will not allow me to upload a video. I can send pictures

    • Deena Deena on Oct 29, 2023

      I’m in the same boat as your mom. I need back surgery. Is there any way to send me pictures or video? I would be extremely grateful. Thank you

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 29, 2023

    I think someone wrote about this in Projects! Three wheels? or Pully system?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 30, 2023

    Can I suggest she doesnt use a laundry basket, instead take each days dirty washing down stairs with her each day, and when washed and clean take small pile of clothes upstairs every time he goes up!