Adding two cabinets in laundry room?


We are having a debate about this. We want to buy two cabinets for laundry room my husband says to put cabinets in middle together with the shelf on both sides. I say put the cabinets on each side with just the shelf left in middle. Which do you believe would you like to see in your home or a women might really like?

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  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on May 31, 2021

    I reused old kitchen cupboards by removing the doors and painting the cabinets. The open shelving was wonderful, with bins to keep everything organized. With your setup, I would find the shelves more useful in the middle.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on May 31, 2021

    Conventional lower cabinets (with the basic one shelf) are not the easiest to get into and retrieve items from, especially things farther to the back. If you do decide to go with them (irregardless if they are in-between the W and D, or at the sides,) I would highly recommend getting sliders at the same time. This will facilitate accessing heavy items such as extra jugs of liquid laundry soap, jugs of bleach, etc. without having to take out items in the front, and putting them on the floor.

    Another thing to consider with standard cabinets is the doors. You always have to open the doors and go around them to access the items in the interior. If the cabinets were in the middle of the W and D, I can see the doors getting in the way of the dryer door, and, as they also take up floor space when open, getting in the way of a laundry basket that may be on the floor in front of the dryer.

    For this reason, I would recommend to put one cabinet on the right side of the appliances, and one cabinet on the left side, with the doors opening against the side walls, rather than in between the W and D.

  • on May 31, 2021

    I think the shelves between the cupboards will look good. Nice and balanced with the shelves as a focal point. We did this in our kitchen and it looks great.

  • Janice Janice on May 31, 2021

    If it were my home, I'd want the cabinets on either side, with shelves in between. I assume you're planning the install of "upper cabinet" size that are less deep, otherwise there'll be a lot of shelving area unreachable without a step stoool.

  • William William on May 31, 2021

    Cabinets on the sides and shelf/shelves in the middle. Easier to access the items you use more often on the shelf/shelves.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on May 31, 2021

    I prefer the cabinets on each side and shelf in the middle!

  • Dee Dee on May 31, 2021

    If I had to put a shelf up I would put it in the middle. I would prefer 3 cabinets, more storage, and doors to close, so nothing looks messy.

  • Libbie B Libbie B on May 31, 2021

    I love the idea of centering shelving between the cabinets. then you could store laundry essentials that are pretty out in the open and those that are not behind closed doors.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 31, 2021

    it all depends on how you plan to use the cabinets - I personally prefer the shelf in the middle

  • Would definitely go for the idea of having cabinets on each side and shelf in the middle.

  • I think it really depends on how it'll best function for you first, then you can consider aesthetics after.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 01, 2021

    Agree with Adrienne cabinets on each side and shelf in the middle. That looks more balanced.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 01, 2021

    Hi Lucretia: Do you tell him how to arrange his garage? Nope. Then tell him that he can't dictate your laundry room unless he wants to start doing the laundry :) You do what you like since you are the one using it. Hang in there kid :)

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 02, 2021

    Hi Lucretia,

    Cabinets to the outside with shelves between would be better use of space and more pleasing to the eye!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 02, 2021

    I would make sure the cabinets are over the washer and dryer. That will give you supplies directly above the machine while enabling you to "hide" them. Nothing worse in my experience than shelves holding your detergent and other items. So I think in the middle would be better.

  • Em Em on Jun 02, 2021

    I vote for the shelf in the middle

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jun 03, 2021

    I think whoever is doing the laundry the most should decide this.

  • I would do it the way you suggested, especially if you'll be the one doing the laundry!

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jun 05, 2021

    I agree with the way you suggested.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jun 05, 2021

    One other thing to consider, where are the studs in the wall?

    Bottles of liquid laundry detergent, softener & bleach add up to significant weight.

    In my case, I had to screw 5/8” plywood to the studs so that I could screw the cabinets in where there were no studs.

  • Brianinbc Brianinbc on Jun 05, 2021

    Another thought:

    Mount horizontal pre-painted 2X4 lengths to studs across wall for hanging/installing cupboard AND shelf mounts. IF 2X4's are overkill cut 3/4X3or4 lengths of 3/4" plywood to wall-width length, paint and attach as stated before. Hint - use of stud finder recommended.

    AVOID use of wall anchors which can very easily pull through wallboard over time if too much weight is stored in cupboard, or on shelves.

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