Glad the laundry is working out, and also glad he's not being put in there unless it's bedtime and bedtime is when you go to sleep.

As to crates. Don't think of crates as horrible cages, think of them as a nice den. Dogs naturally like dens.

I tell all my puppy owners to get a crate and to put the crate in their room, cover it with the dogs own doona to keep in their body warmth.

The biggest thing with settling a puppy/new dog is not to give it any attention (no matter where the bed is). Because any attention is seen as good attention.