DIY Laundry Shelf

7 Materials
3 Days
Our laundry room makeover is complete and the project that I’m most proud of has to be the DIY laundry shelf over the washer and dryer.
When I was pulling together the design board for this room, I knew that I wanted something over the washer and dryer. We had already used that space as a landing area, the laundry shelf would make it feel more intentional. It would also help muffle the sound of the washer and dryer a bit.
The plan was fairly simple. Line the surrounding walls with 1×2 boards and lay common boards on top to make the shelf. Here are my tips for creating a DIY laundry shelf.
1. Invest in sawhorses. If you don’t already have them, get some. They will make staining and cutting infinitely easier.
2. Measure obsessively. I was so worried that I was going to mess this part up that I probably would have finished the project a lot faster if I only measured twice. Labeling the back of each wood piece helped me keep track of what went where. Leave room for any hoses or cords that are above the shelf.
3. Cut everything first. We had the large boards cut at Home Depot. The wall supports and the hose cutout I did with a jigsaw. Be picky when you are buying your wood. Make sure your 1×2’s are straight and that your common boards are not warped and have some character to them.

4. Sand down the edges – it will give everything a more finished look.

5. Stain last. Follow the directions on the stain container and stain the edges and under parts if there is any chance it can be seen. I used the Minwax Polyshade in Espresso.

6. Use a good level and stud finder. All of the support boards were mounted at 30 inches high using either stud screws or drywall anchors/screws.

7. Connect the boards underneath to prevent sagging. Attaching a small piece of 1×2 across the boards will help support them. Pre-drill the hole through the support and be careful not to go too far into the common board.

The finished product. So happy with how it turned out.

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  • Jill Jill on Feb 20, 2019

    This is perfect because I have that same washer and dryer so it will fit beautifully ... Thank you!

  • Haymur Haymur on Apr 04, 2019

    What happens when the clothes are not evenly distributed in the washer? I know mine will dance all out of position?

  • Gina S. Gina S. on Feb 05, 2020

    Great job! Do you have a suggestion for shelves when your washer is a top loader? Thanks!


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  • Kim Cozad Kim Cozad on Feb 12, 2020

    Love this. Will have to do this.

  • Bunnie Bunnie on Feb 12, 2020

    Looks great! Going to share this with my daughter, excellent idea for her.

    just want to add a carpenter’s rule of thumb: measure twice, cut once!