Building your own robot to help with household chores like folding laundry may sound complicated, but it's quite achievable with some basic electronics knowledge and the right components. In this guide, I will walk you through the full process of constructing a DIY laundry folding robot using an Arduino microcontroller and servo motors.

Overview of Building a Laundry Folding Robot

The main components needed to build a basic robotic laundry folder are:

The basic process involves:

Proper construction is key for creating a robot that can neatly and consistently fold laundry. Now let's look at how to assemble the robot.

Step 1 - Selecting Components

The first step is choosing the right electronic components. Here are some recommendations:


The Arduino Uno is a good choice for beginners thanks to its easy programming and wide compatibility. More advanced boards like the Arduino Mega can also work.


Aim for servos that have at least 180 degrees of rotation for more folding flexibility. MG996R servos are an affordable option with good torque. Get at least 4-6 servos.


A time-of-flight distance sensor like the VL53L0X makes an ideal laser edge detector for laundry folding.


A basic DIY chassis can be constructed from wood, acrylic or metal sheets. For faster assembly, multi-servo robot kits work too.

For electronics like jumper wires, micro SD card modules, and batteries, generic versions are fine. Now you have all the core components - let's look at constructing the chassis.

Step 2 - Building the Chassis

The robot chassis provides a frame to mount all the components onto. It can be hand built or ready-made.

Custom Chassis

For a DIY chassis, use sheets of wood, acrylic or metal as a base. Cut slots for installing the servos and attach the sheets together. Leave space for mounting the Arduino and sensors.

Make sure to design the chassis so that the servo arms have sufficient range of motion for folding clothes.

Robot Kits

An easier but less customizable option is getting a robot kit with a chassis and servo mounts. This avoids the manual construction. Most kits will require some assembly.

Step 3 - Attaching the Components

With the chassis built, the next stage is installing the components:

Take care to make the connections neat and secure. It can help to solder certain joints for robustness, and add cable ties or sleeves to organize the wires.

Step 4 - Programming the Arduino

Now for the code that will control the laundry folding sequences. The Arduino software has example code for controlling servos.

Some key operations needed in the program:

The program should allow executing specific folding programs on demand, such as "fold shirt", "fold pants", etc.

Testing the routines thoroughly is important before relying on the robot.

Step 5 - Powering and Testing

With the build complete, it's time to test!

With patience and persistence, you will now have your own unique DIY laundry folding robot! Ongoing enhancements can improve its speed, precision and capabilities.


Building a robotic laundry folder at home is an achievable electronics project using an Arduino microcontroller, servos and sensors. The key steps are:

This fulfilling project will give you a cool robotic assistant for one of life's monotonous chores. Just be sure to still thank the robot!