Laundromat Set-Up Information


Area required

  • MINIMUM 35m2 unattended
  • MAXIMUM 65m2 serviced
  • The ease of outfitting a potential space relies on the shape and dimensions of that space. A simple 30m2 floor layout may be more suitable over a larger 45m2 area in a different shape
  • Rent also is a factor here, and a larger floor area than required may cost more than it is worth
  • In country areas, shop size is not important as rent is normally very low and country Laundromats can be very large


Number of Machines 

  • In a Metro area, a minimum of eight (8) washers are required
  • Each machine ideally should average three cycles per day. Once the washers average 4.5 cycles per day, customers are being made to wait and business is being lost
  • When considering the initial design layout, the maximum number of washer and dryer positions should be explored, even if you do not intend to purchase that many machines to begin with
  • A ratio of one tumble dryer for every three washing machines is ideal. A higher ratio is required to service high-rainfall regions, eg Cairns; Innisfail; Tully…


Council approval

All councils vary in their requirements for commercial operations...

  • Some councils require some or all of the following:

1) Hydraulic Plan; 2) External Cooling Pit; 3) Internal Lint Collection Trap

  • Some rural shires will prepare their own Hydraulic Plan for as little as $200
  • Metro councils require the Hydraulic Plan to be drawn up by a building consultant or a plumber. You cover this expense at a cost of approximately $900
  • The layout design must be decided upon before a Hydraulic Plans can be prepared


Tradespeople required

  • These are all listed on the “Laundromat Expense Checklist”


Water supply

  • Most shops have a water mains inlet pipe of 15mm – 25mm. this needs to be increased to 35mm minimum or 40mm where possible. Only the council can touch the mains. They will quote a price to up grade. Here, a fee must be paid to obtain the quote


Gas supply

  • When using the more efficient Speed Queen equipment, the average annual expense of natural gas is approx 7% of annual turnover. L.P.G. costs approx 12%



  • Hard flooring surfaces such as tiles or polyurethane are required. Vinyl is not recommended.


Cabinet work

  • Ventilation for the dryer compartment is a must. Materials such as lattice works well. Hard surfaces such as laminate or melamine should be used for the bulkhead as opposed to painted surfaces. The bulkhead should be 300mm thick. The dryer compartment needs only to be clad on the exterior wall.



  • Ideally there should be a two metre gap in front of the dryers and any other furniture/construction.
  • Keep traffic flow pathways to two metres in width.



A Laundromat should have professionally-made signs of approx 900mm x 600mm for the following:

  1. Instruction sign for the top loader washer
  2. Instruction sign for the front-load washer
  3. Instruction sign for the dryer
  4. I.D. sign with contact, phone number, and opening hours
  5. Security sign advising surveillance camera in use
  6. Signs for provisions of small change, should note where ‘change is cheerfully given’

External signage should be large enough to be read by passing motorists


Layout of manifold

The power points should always be in the highest position in the bulkhead, positioned above the plumbing manifold, never below. The drainage manifold should be positioned as close to the floor as possible, and a dump rain washer positioned as close to the lowest point of this manifold. The drainage line should always flow downwards or sloping to avoid backwash into the machines.



If change is not accessible onsite, an adjacent/neighbouring shop should be given a daily float of 100 x $1.00 coins for customers to obtain change. The shop’s name and location details should be shown on the ‘Change cheerfully given’



Customer seating should be bolted down and positioned at the open doorway to obtain breezes and to avoid the customers feeling trapped. Never seat customers to the rear of the shop. Hard surfaces are best for seating due to their durability and cleanliness.



A folding table of 2100mm x 1200mm is ideal. It should be bolted down with a laminate surface, not melamine.

Avoid island tables as they use up too much space. Peninsular table is the best design.


Plumbing & gas fitting

This tradesperson is the key trade in the setup. Make sure that your selected tradesman has full access to the Andrew Barton technical info from installation manuals and is not working from marketing brochures. It helps to have someone with experience in Laundromats, who understands the importance of having the drainage manifold as low to the floor as possible. If not, an Andrew Barton representative would be happy to arrange a meeting before they begin. Ensure that the dryer ducting is not being manifolded together.


Hot water system

The use of two or three electronic instantaneous hot water systems, coupled together on a manifold and mounted on the exterior of the rear wall uses no floor area. Running costs are about 30% of the expense in using a storage unit. This type of hot water system allows the rear of the dryers to be 800mm off the rear wall and helps the drying compartment to be small.


Income and expenses

The following is a very basic example of profit & loss statement for a laundromat; however there are many variables to consider in order to make your laundromat perform better and be more profitable:

A laundromat with a turnover of $172,000.00 will have the following approximate charges –

Rent - $ 2600 pm , General & operating costs - $8280 pm (This includes electricity of $400, Water $1200 & Gas $2100 pm). This leaves you with an operating profit of approx $3453 pm. Less any possible loan repayments with give you approximate net profit of between $1500 - $ 2300

Washers produce approximately two thirds of a Laundromats income, with Dryers contributing the final third.