When our washer and dryer stopped working within a week of each other, we decided it was the perfect time to gut our laundry room closet and create an organized and functional space. The laundry room is really a closet that is inside one of our bathrooms. To give the illusion that the space was larger, we decided to create DIY floating shelves out of plywood and pine.
DIY Floating Shelves
HomeGoods: hanging baskets/laundry sign
So lets get started!
This is the easiest project on the planet. I am not kidding, you can do this!
Supply list and items needed:
1. 4′ x 8′ AC plywood (sanded and plugged plywood)
2. pine for the shelves and cleats (or you can purchase 2 sheets of AC plywood and cut your shelves to size)
3. dry wall screws and finish nails (if using a nail gun)
4. sand paper, caulking, putty for nail holes (or spackle) and paint
5. a level
6. stud finder
We cut 2 inch wide stripes of pine for our cleats. We used 3/4 inch AC plywood for the folding table and 2 pieces of 1″ x 20″ of pine for the shelves. AC plywood is basically plywood that is plugged and sanded. It’s “pretty” plywood. You can buy a 4′ x 8′ sheet for around $45 at Home Depot or Lowes. This is an inexpensive way to make a wide shelf and create a folding table.
I wish I had a picture of me standing on top of the washer and dryer nailing and screwing the cleats to the wall. Unfortunately, we had to do the shelves once the washer and dryer were in the closet. It would have been much easier with the closet empty!
I measured the distance of how high I wanted the the shelves to be and tacked my cleats ( I used a small level on each cleat to make sure they were level) to the wall with finish nails using the nail gun. Once the cleats were tacked in place, I used 3 inch dry wall screws to screwed the cleats to the studs in the wall.
Quick tip: Use your tallest object that you want on the shelves as a guide to make sure you have the right height for your shelves. I used the height of the baskets that I knew would hold my cleaning supplies. The laundry detergent bottle is also a good one to use.
Use a level to make sure your shelves are straight and not crooked! Don’t skip this step.
Next, I wanted a backsplash at the back of the folding table. Loosing objects behind the washer and dryer would be painful to retrieve so a backsplash was necessary. We simply tacked a piece of 4″ wide plywood to the top of the AC plywood and added a 2″ inch strip to the back to create a lip. There are many more ways to add a backsplash but this was the quickest and easiest. I also decided that I wanted the shelves to appear to be thick and wide. In order to create this illusion, we used finish nails to tack a piece of pine to the edge of the shelf. You can use any dimension you want. For this space, I thought a 2 3/4″ inch depth looked good.
Isn’t it amazing what under $100 worth of wood can do for a space?
We also added a 1 1/2″ piece of pine to the front facing edge of the folding table above (not shown) to tie it in with the thick looking shelves above. The AC plywood was only 3/4″ and as you can see above, it looks very thin and it was sagging a touch in the middle. By adding a piece of pine to the edge, not only did it give the illusion that the folding table was a thick shelf, it also added stability to the folding table and prevented the AC plywood from sagging.
HomeGoods: bathroom mats
You can see the 1 1/2″ piece of pine above on the front facing part of the folding table. After sanding the rough edges on the pine cleats, filling in the nail holes with putty, caulking the seams and paint, we now have a laundry room that is organized and pretty!
I am in love with our new laundry space even though I hate laundry. These DIY floating shelves took my dad and I about 3 hours to construct. The part that takes the longest is cutting the wood. We removed the doors of the laundry closet so now the space is part of the bathroom. I wanted to achieve an open laundry space that was stylish, functional and organized. These inexpensive DIY floating shelves did the trick. Be sure to check out the full laundry room reveal where you will find many more pictures as well as the resource list for this space. With a little DIY know how and a few pieces of wood, you can get this look as well :). Did you see our latest posts? They will knock your sox off!