Empty Space


I'm trying to figure out how to gain storage above my washer and dryer(Maytag front loaders) that measure 39"H x 29"D. At this time, they are the elephant in the room with an empty, inaccessible wall above, due to their depth. Any ideas ?

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  • I've seen people build shelves above them and use baskets for easy access. Also, a countertop just above them makes a great place for folding.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 03, 2021

    This will be an awkward place to reach and store things, because of the depth and height of the appliances, they challenge a practical solution. Maybe hanging cupboards will give you the use you need. You can put baskets in them, the detergent bottles where you pour from a tap can sit on the ledge of 1.If you have room, consider a slender tall cupboard.

    Here's another idea of a "tip down shelf":


    Plastic crates might also work:


  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 03, 2021

    I would go to Habitat for Humanity Restore, and look for a couple old upper kitchen cabinets (measure your space height before you go to see how much space you have with washer lid open and how wide the space is).

    Take them home and paint. Find and mark your wall studs, draw a level line on the wall to use to level the bottom of cabinet and line up. You can even screw in a 2-3" horizontal board to support cabinet for leveling and screwing in. Be sure to hit the studs, usually 16" on center, and screw them into studs by opening cabinet and drilling through the backs into your stud centers. I would use at least 3" screw. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FcyQWlOO18

    There are wire shelves that hook to the wall over the washer and drye. They have brackets to hold them up.

  • William William on Jan 03, 2021

    Shelves or cabinets

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 04, 2021

    I put kitchen cabinets above mine. Before that I did open shelving. I have to open the door before I open my washer. Other than that, no issues.

  • Can you maybe add some shelves or some cabinets above the machines? I've seen a slew of terrific ideas on Hometalk -- give the search bar at the top left a whirl for laundry rooms and you'll get a ton of ideas back.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jan 08, 2021

    Hi! If stacking them isn't an option, base storage and cabinets above them would help. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 08, 2021

    Hi Nicole: You might be able to put some shelving above them, but have the shelves slightly lower in the front, with a bar across the front to keep things from falling off, so that anything in the back will slide towards the front. That way you won't have to reach for anything, it will slide right up front and you can have extras on hand. Or, if you make them level, you can put a Lazy Susan on them. Good luck