Inexpensive laundry room wall cabinets and laundry shelving ideas
Do you need help organizing your home? The laundry is no exception and adding DIY wall laundry cabinets and open shelving above your washer, dryer, and utility tub can really help declutter your space.
Have a small laundry room? We will show you how we utilized the height of our room to fully add more laundry room storage.
Factors to consider with laundry storage design
- How tall should your cabinets be?
- Do you want the cabinet to cover the whole wall?
- Do you want to add a mix of shelving and cabinets?
- What colors would like your cabinets to be?
- Are you comfortable covering your water shut off?
- How high do you want your cabinets to be hung?
What are the best laundry room cabinets?
Consider using the whole space above your washer and dryer. For us, that meant choosing to get two 30” x 36” height cabinets to fit our space above our washer and dryer.
Stock cabinets are a great way for you to get the height you want, but also a way to keep this DIY project pretty inexpensive. The quality of these cabinets is what you would expect.
You could spend a lot of money and get a custom-built laundry room. One day we may end up making our laundry room larger and we may reconfigure the whole space. But for now, this was the best option to keep this a budget laundry room storage idea.
Would you use these cabinets in a kitchen?
We do like the look. These Home Depot stock cabinets were perfect for our laundry room. However, we would not recommend these upper stock cabinets if you were using them in a kitchen or other high-traffic areas since parts are still made of particleboard.
Laundry room shelving and cabinet design
After the new washer arrived, I started to look at how to improve the functionality of our space. We debated about adding cabinets across the whole wall.
We had to factor in the utility tub that is next to our washer and dryer. Putting open shelving there would keep that space more open and accessible. We decided to keep cabinets above the washer and dryer and open shelving above our utility sink.
What are the dimensions of our small laundry room?
For reference, you may want to know that our laundry room is approximately 7 ½ ft. by 6 ft. We are able to just fit our new washer, dryer, and utility tub on the length of the wall with a little wiggle room in between. We do have large-capacity appliances, so I am sure we would have more space if we had a smaller washer and dryer.
How to paint wooden stock laundry cabinets?
Full disclosure, I ordered a paint sprayer and totally wanted to try using it on this project. But I was using the same paint color on rollers for our bathroom vanity and oak railing makeover. Therefore, I ended up just using brushes and foam rollers like I did when I painted the bathroom vanity cabinets.
I do think that these cabinets would have probably turned out a little better if I had sprayed them. The cabinets were not nearly as forgiving as solid wood oak cabinets that I was also painting at the same time.
While these worked for our laundry room cabinets, I would say they are far from perfect. I may even end up having to sand a few areas and try to retouch some areas that seemed to take the paint inconsistently.
Supplies needed for painting cabinets
- Old Rag
- Enamel Paint in Semi-Gloss (We used this paint in Charcoal Blue)
- *Latex Primer-We use Multi-Purpose Latex Sherwin Williams Primer
- Brush- We like using a Purdy 2 ½” Angular Trim Brush or equivalent from Wooster
- Small High-Density Foam Roller (these rollers must for a variety of DIY projects)
- Small Roller Handle
- Small Paint Tray-I love how sturdy & cheap these are
- Hardware Pulls or Knobs- Here are the pulls we used. These pulls are plated but don’t look like it when they are up.
- Extra Fine Sandpaper
How to paint laundry room cabinets and shelving
1. Lightly sand the cabinets with extra-fine paper for any rough spots you see. The doors had some wood shavings or extra particles on them. I did not think I needed to do this and I regret it. You can learn from my mistakes to get a smoother finish.
2. Wipe down the cabinets before priming with a damp rag.
3. Use a primer (we love SW latex primer) with a brush and foam roller to completely cover the areas you need. I did not prime and paint the parts of the cabinets that I knew would not show.
4. Once dry, start painting the first coat of enamel paint. Use a brush and small roller.
Painting option instead of brush and roller
Try an inexpensive paint sprayer. This one has great reviews and we plan on trying ours out soon. The biggest con to using a paint sprayer is setting up your work area. These cabinets would be perfect to spray because you have not hung them yet.
5. Propping doors on 2 x 4s will make this easier for you.
Also, I highly recommend storing your brush and roller in a Ziploc bag when you are not using them. This works as long as you are finishing your painting project in a timely manner.
6. Once they are dry, you are able to hang your cabinets.
Read & Watch More>>>>>>Step-by-Step Tutorial For Painting Cabinet Doors with A Brush and Foam Roller (With Video)
Where else have we used this charcoal blue-colored paint?
We cannot believe that we were able to use this gallon of paint on several DIY painting projects throughout our house. You can see the whole list of charcoal blue painting projects.
How to install laundry room cabinets above your washer and dryer
1. Remove any existing cabinets or shelves. We had to take down both, but luckily we repurposed the old shelf and added it to our garage for extra storage! The wire shelf may need to get sold on Facebook using my tips.
2. Use a stud finder to find studs.
3. Use 4’ level to mark the line where the bottom of the cabinets will be Determine the height of cabinets or how much room there will be at the top of the cabinets.
Learn from our laundry cabinet hanging mistake
At first, my husband just assumed putting the cabinets all the way to the ceiling would be a great idea. Luckily, I was easily able to see that I did not like the current height before my father-in-law and husband did too much work.
Make sure that you are able to reach your items while leaning over your washer. I realized I wouldn’t be able to reach the top shelf or even a lot of the bottom shelf if they stayed that way. You don’t want to have to get a ladder out to reach most of your items.
4. Put up and hold up cabinets while a second person puts 4’ level on the face of cabinets vertically to see if they will be plumb.
If they are not plumb, use wood shims to plumb (you might have to do this if the wall is in/out). Luckily, our laundry room was pretty square and we did not have to do this!
5. Use a cordless drill and 3.5” screws to anchor cabinets to studs. Each cabinet ideally would be anchored to two (2) separate studs that are typically located 16”s apart.
6. The big trick is to use a tape measurer and your brain to transfer the stud location from the wall to the inside of the cabinet. You have to subtract the thickness of the cabinet’s sidewall.
7. Once cabinets are hung drill horizontally behind the doors to attach them to each other.
8. Put the doors back on the cabinets. You can also try to put the painted doors back before hanging, but we just thought this way was easier.
**Optional: Add hardware to your cabinets or leave them without. We loved the look and price of the hardware we used in our recent bathroom vanity makeover, so we decided to order those handles again.
8. Use drywall mud to fix any spots that previous shelving may have left and paint the room or touch up with the existing color. I love this color of Temperate Taupe by SW.
How to build extra laundry shelving with cabinets?
The main reason I did not want cabinets going all the way across the wall is that I normally buy a large container of laundry soap with the dispenser. I like when the dispenser can hang off the edge of the laundry shelf and over my utility tub. This makes it way easier to quickly add soap.
Yes, you could transfer soap or put it in a pretty dispenser container (yes I know this is meant for drinks, but would be awesome in a laundry room). While I love how that looks, it just isn’t practical or worth it in my opinion. And if you read about some of our other projects, then you will know that practical and inexpensive are important to us!
Supplies for DIY laundry shelving with brackets over utility tub
- 2 sets of these brackets to help create two shelves above our utility sink next to the upper stock cabinets. They come in a variety of sizes and we chose the 9.25” width where we could cut 1 x 10” to our desired distance.
- 1 x 10″ pine board cut to desired length (we had two boards that were 30″ long)
After cutting the boards, we primed using SW latex primer and the same latex enamel paint that we used on the cabinets.
My husband made sure to attach the brackets to studs using anchors and the hardware provided with the brackets.
Once the laundry shelves were completed it was so nice to get them completely organized and ready to use. The only dilemma that we have now is that we need to decide if the brushed nickel hardware pulls to go with the black farmhouse shelving brackets?
We decided the metals did not go together. DIY is always a process.
Did you know you can spray paint hardware?
UPDATE: Recently we painted the hardware black to match the existing farmhouse shelf brackets. It looks much more put together with matching metals.
Need more small DIY laundry room ideas? Check out our list of ideas to make your laundry room look bigger.
I couldn’t believe how much more storage I had in these DIY laundry room cabinets and that my shelves were no longer overflowing. Now they also look so much better with matching metals.