These easy laundry room shelves can be built and installed in an afternoon and will hold all of your essentials in style. Even the most beginner of DIYers can tackle this project without breaking a sweat.
Our original laundry room shelves were floating shelves I installed when we moved in. They were fairly narrow, so they didn’t hold my largest detergent bottles and they were only about 24″ long, so not a lot of storage. The biggest problem with them was that I didn’t hit the studs on the top one, so I used drywall anchors and over time, it started to sag so I was limited to storing lightweight items up there.
When we redid our laundry room, I took down the old shelves and started thinking about the new. I wanted to longer, wider shelves to accommodate more storage space, but most of all, I wanted them to be STURDY. Laundry detergent is heavy and if everything isn’t all in one place, it isn’t really very handy.
If I was going to have two shelves, I knew I needed 4 brackets. I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased these exact brackets, which are flat, black metal. They measure 11.75″ long, so they’ll accommodate a board that easily holds the largest detergent bottles. They were $8.99/bracket regular price, but I got them on a 50% off sale, so my total was under $18!
Since I don’t own or know how to use a saw, I just get all my boards cut at the store before bringing them home. I picked out an 8′ board I wanted at Home Depot, and had them cut it with their saw into two 46″ pieces. I selected a 12″ board, which is actually 11.25″ wide, so it would fit on the 11.75″ brackets.
I sanded the boards lightly on all sides with a high grit sandpaper block, then wiped them off and used a white stain (that actually turned out more grey). I wiped most of it off pretty well, then added some Minwax Gel Stain in Walnut so it looked a little more like wood. I like the combination and the light tone of the shelves.
Installing the Shelves
To install the shelves, first you need to put up the brackets. They need to go toward the outer edges of each board, so they support them well. I used my stud finder to locate the studs, but if you don’t have one, once you find one, you can measure 16″ from either side to find the next one. Studs are 16″ apart, so there’s some important information/trivia for you.
I put the brackets in place and marked where the holes went with a pencil. You may need to use a level for this. Once the holes were marked, I drilled a pilot hole in each, then put the bracket in place and used my drill to put a screw in to secure it to the wall. I repeated this process for each bracket.
Once the brackets are in, you can place your wood on the shelf. You can use short screws to secure the board to the bracket.
Functional and Attractive
These shelves are extremely functional because they are sturdy and deep enough to hold your largest, heaviest containers. I can’t be more pleased with how they turned out. you can definitely put your own spin on their style with the brackets and stain color you choose!