Laundry room shelving is one of the best investments you can make. 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.
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DIY Floating Shelves – Best Laundry Room Shelving
Once the space was empty, we measured to ensure that a side by side washer and dryer would fit. Our goal was to create a wood folding table out of plywood so we opted to not purchase the pedestals that the washer and dryer sit on.
This is the easiest project on the planet. I am not kidding, you can do this!
DIY Shelving Supply list
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. drywall 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
DIY Shelving Installation Process
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 DIY floating laundry 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.
The floating 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 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 studs in the wall.
Laundry Room Shelving Quick tips:
Use your tallest object that you want on the shelves 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. 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. 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 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? The DIY floating shelves were so easy to make.
Laundry Room Shelving Finishing Touches
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 laundry 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.
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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 with DIY floating shelves that is organized and pretty!
Laundry Room Shelving Ideas
Did you know that there are so many laundry room shelf design ideas that will make your head spin? I rounded up these amazing small laundry room ideas (click the highlighted link or image below to view) and you need to check them out.
I am in love with our new laundry room 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 laundry closet doors and track 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.