How to Make Laundry Room Shelves

The laundry room is an often over looked space, making it a perfect location for adding functionality and shelves! Whether you’re adding a single shelf above the washer and dryer or reconfiguring the room to add more storage and options, we’ve got lots of ideas and suggestions for you! 


We do have a general shelving guide that might also be helpful, but here are a few important variables to consider for laundry room shelving! 

How to Make Laundry Room Shelves

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FUNCTIONALITY:

First, consider how the shelves will function. Of course we want them to look good and might have some styles in mind, but we recommend thinking about what is needed in this space.

For example, will they be holding heavy items? Are there space limitations due to water hookups or the lid from the washer? Would towel bars or hooks under the shelves make the space even more functional? After deciding all this, it’s time to get started!

 

laundry room shelf above washers

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SIZE:

Laundry room shelves are typically 10-12” deep. Larger shelves may sound like a good idea to add in a lot of space but shelves larger than 15” deep typically require additional support (like a gusset bracket with a diagonal bar). 

laundry room shelves
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When considering the length of any shelf, we recommend the following guidelines based on a shelf board’s length:


0”-36” = 2 Brackets

37”-68” = 3 Brackets

69”-100”= 4 Brackets

101”-132”=5 Brackets

133”-164”=6 Brackets

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*If using common lumber (like from Home Depot), please check out our Dimensional Lumber Guide first! 

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TYPE OF BRACKET NEEDED:

We offer a few bracket styles and while they are all very versatile, some are better suited for certain situations than others. 


  • Lipped Brackets: These have a front lip and do not attach to the shelf board. These should be the exact depth of the shelf. These are great for shelves where weight will be distributed evenly and adding a hole to the board is not desirable.   

  • L Brackets: These do not have a front lip and do not need to be the exact size. They also attach to the board so are ideal for lower shelves or those that will have one side heavier than the other. This is also ideal if bars or hooks will be added beneath the shelf. 

  • Back Leg Above the Shelf: This installation would be seen in our J brackets or inverting an L bracket. Instead of the standard application with the wall mount below a shelf, it goes above. This is ideal if space is needed below the shelf (such as a washer & dryer).

  • Heavy Duty Brackets: All of our shelf brackets are available in a heavy duty option meaning they are made with 2” wide steel instead of the standard 1” wide. This is a great choice for shelves made with heavier wood or that will hold a good deal of items. Some people also prefer the look of heavy duty aesthetically. 

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INSTALLATION:
We have a complete step by step shelf bracket installation guide which is great for planning your project. In addition to following this, we recommend determining in advance whether the bracket placement will hit a wall stud or if it’s being installed onto a different surface such as concrete or shiplap. We have additional hardware for that. 

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PRO TIP: Using painter’s tape to plan out the shelves and bracket placement can make it easier to determine all of these variables and decide what is needed.

laundry room drying rack

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ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS: 

 While planning and creating shelves, it's also a good time to consider adding even more functionality. Installing one of our versatile metal bars under a shelf instantly creates a a drying rack while wall hooks offer solutions for hanging baskets, brooms, and other laundry room essentials. 

 

MORE HELPFUL GUIDES:

How to Choose Shelf Brackets

Dimensional Lumber Guide

Installation Guide

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