Make convenient ?

by Maryl

The cabinets I have in my laundry room are to far to reach for my laundry supplies and other cleaning supplies, steam mop heads etc. does anyone have a suggestion to make this area more convenient for me to use?

  18 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Feb 26, 2021

    I would consider taking the cabinets down and replacing them with much deeper open shelving so you can actually reach them easily. You could move the cabinets to the opposite walls facing each other and then behind them put up open shelving. I did a little sketch so you can see what I'm thinking.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Feb 26, 2021

    Move them to the sides so that you can reach them. Then add deep shelves on the back wall.

  • Mary Mary on Feb 26, 2021

    Maybe put wire shelving between the cabinets? Just attach to the cabinet sides.

  • on Feb 26, 2021

    Could you keep a step stool in the room?

  • Pat Pat on Feb 26, 2021

    I keep most used products in the front of my shelves and have a stool to use for getting things on the higher shelves and in the back,

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 26, 2021

    I had this same problem (life is not made for short people).

    I removed the cabinets (it isn't hard) and lowered then about a foot. Now I can see what is in them when I open the door.

    Solved the problem.

  • Michelle Michelle on Feb 26, 2021

    Lower them , put a rod for hanging clothes between them and some shelving

  • Maura White Maura White on Feb 26, 2021

    I would suggest taking down the cupboards and putting up an open shelf that came out far enough for you to easily reach what you need. As for mop storage, you could try a wall holder like one of these:

  • Dee Dee on Feb 26, 2021

    If you do not want to move the cabinets to the side. I know that would not be an easy job, and sheet rock would have to be repaired as well as the ceiling. I would put shelves between the cabinets. Also try pushing your washer and dryer back a bit.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Feb 27, 2021

    Part of the problem here is that these cabinets are not suitable for storing common laundry supplies. They are too narrow, too deep and too tall. I would take them both down, and try to use them elsewhere in the home.

    The other part of the problem is that the distance from the wall to the front of the appliances is too deep to reach, especially the upper part.

    Removing the baseboard on the back wall, and recessing the electrical plug will enable you to to push the appliances back a little more. Removing the baseboards on the side walls will permit you to move both the W and the D closer to the side walls.

    I would suggest purchasing/building a narrow pull out shelving unit to fit in-between the W and D. (see examples below)

    Cover the tops of the appliances with a piece of laminate countertop. Besides creating a folding surface that is easy to clean, it will eliminate trying to retrieve items that have fallen off or behind the appliances.

    Mount a hanging rod above the appliances for air drying clothes. This could be wall-to-wall, or from the bottom of a shelf, similar to the example in the last picture below.

  • Annie Annie on Feb 27, 2021

    Hi Maryl, I am vertically challenged and those two cupboards would be useless. I'd remove the cabinets (maybe you can reuse them somewhere else?) and go with long open shelves put up low on the wall. I love that idea in the photo where there is storage between the washer and dryer.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Feb 27, 2021

    You could add floating shelves instead of the cabinets

  • Pat Pat on Feb 27, 2021

    You really should not move your appliances back toward the need space to get to the water controls for the washer and vent for the dryer. I think I would just lower the cupboards you have and put a rod between them for hanging dry clothes. Or as I mentioned before, use a small stool to reach the things in the cupboards and leave them where they are.

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Mar 02, 2021

    I have a step stool that I keep in my laundry room to reach my cabinets

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 04, 2021


    Put a shelf at the back of the machines and move the cabinets to the front sides.

  • If you want to keep the cabinets, a step stool should help you. If you don’t, the world is your oyster and you can create storage that works for you.

  • Alice Alice on Mar 07, 2021

    Maybe impossible , but can you rotate the dryer so that you can fit a stepstool next to the washer and install shelves?

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 08, 2022

    Hello, here are some small laundry room ideas for you to check out, hope they inspire you,