Our Quick, Easy DIY Laundry Shelf

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$25
4 Hours
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The idea for this DIY laundry shelf was to hide the plywood in the back of the washer and dryer, plus give a home to the detergent etc. so we wouldn’t need to climb up to the big cabinet each time we do a load of laundry.


This project was so easy and it was done in an afternoon, including staining. It’s a really easy beginner project and a good way to use up some wood if you’ve got a few pieces hanging around.


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Make your cuts These structures were made up of 1x8s, 1x6s and plywood. Here's a breakdown of our cuts:1×8 at 51.5”(2) 1×6 at 53”(3) 1×6 at 5.75”

Assemble shelves We used a nail gun, wood glue and clamps to assemble our shelves. It's 53" wide with a divider in the middle.

Stain/paint We used a mix of Early American and Weathered Oak for our lower shelf and a neutral white for the upper shelf.

Install shelf The size of the shelf is up to you. We wanted something just big enough to cover the gap in the wall.We used 3 inch screw in all four corners and into the studs behind it for extra reinforcement. But we don't plan on resting anything heavier than laundry detergent on it.

Add dowel to upper shelf There isn't a ton of space between the upper and lower shelf, so we probably won't be able to hang extra long items there. But aesthetically this dowel really gives the corner of the room an extra focal point.It’s amazing how much of a difference this little shelf made in our laundry room. It made it look so much more put together and would be the perfect backdrop for one of those trendy letterboards, a cute set of apothecary jars or, in all reality, a pile of lost socks.Let us know if you try out this DIY laundry shelf, and make sure to sign up to our newsletter and follow along on Instagram for more DIYs.

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  • JenD JenD on Apr 18, 2021

    What purpose is the bar for above the shelf? I did a single shelf with a shelf bracket between my washer/dryer and cupboards. Use dollar store baskets to store dryer sheets, stain remover products, clothes pins, swim goggles and other essentials. I wouldn’t be able to fit these pro ducats or bins in the design you have suggest. Would love to see what you ended up putting on your bar and shelf.


    interesting idea...

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    • Joy martin Joy martin on Apr 18, 2021

      Great job here Emiy! Convenient

  • Debbie Debbie on Apr 18, 2021

    That is very nice. Hangers can be used for when taking your clothes out of the dryer. The bar does look nice. Mine would probably be used to hang my bras and panties that I don't put in the dryer. 😎

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