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Laundry room shelves are the key to keeping a laundry room organized. Today I am going to you show you how DIY floating shelves can transform a laundry room, kitchen or living room and how to make floating shelves in a couple hours. Our small laundry room remodel was one of the best investments for under $100 and our easy beginner tutorial will solve your organization problem fast!
When our washer and dryer stopped working within a week of each other, we decided it was the perfect time to remodel our laundry room closet and create an organized and functional space. Whether you buy or make laundry room shelves, you will not be sorry!
Easy DIY Floating Shelves
This laundry room was inside one of the bathrooms on the first floor of our home. Click through this post, painting stripes in our bathroom makeover, to see the full bathroom.
Here is the laundry room before we made floating shelves.
To give the illusion that the space was larger, we decided to create DIY floating shelves out of plywood and pine. A floating shelf or two can make all the difference in a laundry room when it comes to storage and organization.
If you do not want to learn how to make a diy floating shelf, keep reading because I am going to share my favorite laundry room shelving (this laundry shelving unit is great) that you can buy cheaply and get this laundry room look for yourself.
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Laundry Room Shelving Ideas
I searched google and pinterest for updated laundry room shelves for days before I finally settled on making our own. They do make floating shelf brackets but to save money, we made our own out of wood.
Honestly, if you have a little DIY skills, you can make your own shelves.
DIY Long Floating Shelf
Lets learn how to make floating shelves that can hold a lot of weight and get you organized. Making a long floating shelf will require proper support so be sure to plan accordingly based on how much weight will be on the shelf.
First, gather your supplies:
- To make our shelves, we cut 2 inch wide stripes of pine for our cleats.
- We used 3/4 inch AC plywood for the folding table
- 2 pieces of 1″ x 20″ of pine for the diy floating laundry shelves.
- filler (to fill nail holes
- white paint
- sandpaper for rough edges
- drill bit to drill pilot holes if necessary
- 3 inch wood screws (or drywall screws)
- brad nailer and finish nails
- stud finder
- measuring tape
- pencil for marking measurements
AC plywood is basically plywood that is plugged and sanded. It’s “pretty” plywood. Be careful which plywood you buy as many are weaker and have knots.
When you are making long floating shelves (like we did), you will need to make sure you run a long cleat along the back wall to keep the shelf from sagging.
A large floating shelf needs the proper support!
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.
The floating laundry room shelves above the washer and dryer created so much storage space.
I measured the distance of how high I wanted the floating laundry shelves to be and tacked my cleats ( I used a small level on each cleat to make sure they were level) to the wall stud with finish nails using the nail gun.
Once the cleats were tacked in place, I used 3 inch drywall screws to screwed the cleats to the wall studs to secure properly.
To make the diy folding table, we purchased a 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood for around $45. This is an inexpensive way to make a wide laundry room shelf and create a folding table.
Laundry Room Shelving Quick tips:
Make sure your floating shelves are the correct height.
Use your tallest object (like a detergent bottle) that you want on the shelf as a guide to make sure you have the right height for your floating shelves.
I used the height of the baskets that I knew would hold my cleaning supplies and the tallest detergent bottle.
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. Losing 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 DIY floating laundry shelves to appear to be thick and wide, more of a chunky look so we used finish nails to tack a piece of pine to the edge of the shelf. I used my Ryobi brad nailer which you can find here.
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?
The DIY floating shelves were so easy to make and after they were painted white, they looked like custom built floating shelves.
Laundry Room Shelving Ideas
These valet rods are also a nice feature for a laundry room (we have them in our walk in closet).
Looking for more ideas to build floating shelves or laundry room ideas? Click through this post, amazing small laundry room ideas or see our basement laundry room makeover where we purchased ready made wire shelving.
I am in love with our new laundry room even though I hate laundry.
Be sure to click through to our Amazon Storefront page to see our curated list of laundry room products to get this look!
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 laundry closet doors and track so now the space is part of the bathroom.
I wanted to achieve an open shelving space that was stylish, functional and organized. These inexpensive DIY laundry room shelves did the trick. You can shop this laundry room remodel on my Amazon Storefront here.
Want to see the full before and after and ALL the images of this space? Be sure to click through this post, 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.