Heaven is a myth. An organized laundry room is real.
Resonates. Doesn’t it?
Having unfolded clothes, detergents, and soaps lying around in a room can be messy and not-so-inviting. And as boring as laundry can be, it becomes an absolute dread when you do it in a boring, messy room.
I can’t fix the boredom that laundry brings along but for the mess, you know we have some amazing ideas on how to add shelves in the laundry room so you finally have an uncluttered space that finally makes you feel, ‘let’s do more!’
Add Wicker Baskets
If you love how laundry room open shelving ideas look but hate how they can sometimes make your laundry room look too cluttered and messy, then wicker baskets can help!
Try adding some wicker baskets on your open shelf in the laundry room and they can come in handy when you want a little more depth in your storage area for the extra towels and detergents you’ve hoarded!
The Perfect Wooden Shelving!
The laundry rooms are usually far from looking eye-pleasing. But in case you want to make your utilitarian space lean aesthetic, then some open wooden shelving in the laundry room beside some cabinets can help.
Display your everyday-use detergents, and soaps along with some pretty decor on your pretty wooden shelves. The rest of your not-so-cool laundry material can rest in the cabinet.
Add ‘Too Much’ Storage Space
If you are that person who hoards all the laundry detergents, soaps, brushes, solutions, lint rollers, and cloth bleaches that you find, then you need a warehouse. No. Just enough storage space in your laundry room.
And exactly like this laundry room shelving, you’d love how having all the cabinets, open shelves, wicker baskets and closets can make every nook and cranny of your laundry room functional. Now, you can hoard more.
Make It Worth Displaying!
A laundry room often has bland colors like whites and grays. Escape those boring neutrals and try some new and trendy tones like sage, just like this laundry room idea.
Some color to your shelves and cabinets will add visual appeal and finally, your laundry would feel a bit less tiring! Display minimum things on the shelves in case you want them to look good. All the stuff can go in the cabinets, after all.
Built-In Shelves Can Help!
If you already have built-in open shelving in the laundry room, then why look anywhere else? Use it to your advantage and display all your handy laundry materials like detergents, lint removers, soaps, brushes, and bleaches on the open shelves.
And use the leftover shelves to your advantage by displaying some decor across your laundry room so you finally feel it’s your’s (if you want to feel it that way, lol!)
Add A Hanging Rack
Sometimes, you can’t afford wrinkles on some of your favorite clothes. Shelves don’t ensure that. So, an odd one out of all these laundry room shelving ideas, try a cloth hanging rack.
It saves a lot of space in your small utilitarian room and when you hang your favorite top on it straight from the dryer, it doesn’t wrinkle. Thank me later.
Ensure you install a cloth hanging rack while you are planning/ installing the cabinetry and shelving in your laundry room. Or it’ll get challenging after that.
Ensure That You Have Countertops
An extremely practical and easy-peasy way to add some more shelf space to your laundry room is by installing countertops over your washer and dryer, as their upper surfaces can often go waste.
This space can come in extremely handy when you are folding your laundry. The wall shelves won’t help with that, will they?
Shelves From The Rug Up!
If you have a laundry room that isn’t all too packed with baskets and tubs, then maybe having full-wall shelves can help with a lot of storage of your and even your neighbors’ laundry material!
You can even consider keeping folded laundry on these shelves so it’s extremely easy to pull out when you finally get to the ironing part.
Did We Forget Open Shelving?
Although I have referred to open shelving ideas in your laundry room quite a bit till now it needs the special mention that it’s due.
Open shelves when decorated correctly and used properly can help a lot with the organization in your laundry room. Imagine the glass jars with white detergents and colorful liquids glistening in your laundry room. ( It isn’t as romantic as it sounds anyway. But okay.)
Declare It’s Yours!
Enough about how you can do multiple shelves and storing spaces in your laundry room.
They ought to look pretty and one way to do that is by adding a nice banner that says it’s yours! (Naturally, if you are proud of that!) And if any more space is left, add the laundry essentials like those detergent powders and solutions that you built the shelves for, in the first place!
Wash In Royalty!
If you are someone who doesn’t like anything to be displayed in the open and are tasteful of each space you have at home, then a nice laundry room with cabinetry can help!
Add nice cabinets in the space, so nothing is visible unnecessarily and you only take the brushes and detergents out on the washing day. Go tasteful with your cabinet decor and add some warm lighting. Even a laundry room deserves to be royal and aesthetic sometimes! (If not every time!)
Use The Basin Countertops
When you have a laundry room that’s large enough to incorporate a basin besides your washer and dryer, it’s ideal that you plan countertops around the basin as well!
You can display your go-to laundry essentials on there and some decor as well. It comes in handy when you have to fold the laundry. (And much more that I can’t remember right now.)
Keep It Minimalist
Many of us hate to clutter our laundry space with all sorts of solutions and powders. Well, if that sounds like you, then you should get some open shelving installed like this farmhouse laundry room.
You can display all that’s minimalist and makes your utilitarian room look aesthetic and classy. Everything else will belong to the cabinets and maybe out of the laundry room, altogether! (You can always bring them in whenever you want to. Don’t judge me.)
Small Shelves Can Do!
Again, you don’t always want everything displayed on any shelf in the laundry room. Or maybe, you aren’t somebody who hoards the laundry material but only what’s essential and needed.
If that’s the case, then not-so-deep, small shelves can help you perfectly. Install only the number that you think you’ll need and one-two extra for some decor.
Pegs aren’t really shelves but when you are looking to add some extra space into your laundry room, then they aren’t any less either.
Pegs can be really space-savvy as they can be installed at simply any space that can’t be utilized otherwise for shelving and cabinetry. They are perfect for hanging some cloths and towels after you’ve washed them without taking the pain to go out and dry them in the sun, immediately.
Make Use Of The Little Space
We all don’t have a large laundry room that can incorporate our colony’s cloths and more. But even a small laundry space isn’t that bad when you know how to get shelving right.
For a small laundry room, use every nook and cranny. Use the vertical space you have for open shelving. Use floating shelves, pegs and hanging racks wherever there is space. And if there is little space left under the ceiling, install cabinets. See- so smart!
When you are so exhausted seeing so many shelves in the laundry room and I am so exhausted writing about them, then it’s time to draw the drawers.
For your extra towels and solutions (and other ‘extra’ laundry material) drawers are perfect to utilize, if you have the space to install them. Beneath them can be the cabinets of course and above them, the shelves but in the middle- drawers. Only drawers.
Just One Shelf In The Laundry Room
Since we aren’t coming to the laundry room every day, there don’t need to be a lot of things to store and display there. And how relaxing would it be to see it posh and clean when you step in there on laundry day?
Long story short, you sometimes only need a shelf in the laundry room to either display decor or store the little laundry material (if it’s really that ‘little!’) So, one floating shelf would do. (Sometimes.)
Every Shelf On The Planet!
If you are a storage freak, then maybe all the floating shelves, cabinets, wicker baskets, hangers, and pegs are just made for you!
And the best suggestion I have for you is to stuff that all up in your laundry room and add tons and tons of clothes and laundry material in there. Friends?
Use the Space Behind The Washer
Sometimes, the space before your window and behind your washer and dryer remains unused. And for a space-saving freak, this isn’t a good habit to let it be that way!
So, just consider installing a shelf in the laundry room behind that space and it’s just the perfect place to display all that you want to- the detergents, bleaches, and lint removers at most, of course!
7 Ways to organize a laundry room
I am assuming that you want to install shelves in your laundry room because you want to keep it a bit more organized and sane. I get that, and that’s why below are a couple of ideas that can help you organize your laundry room a bit more.
Shelves are one but not the only way. So, do take a look at the below laundry organizing ideas and I hope that’ll provide some extra help!
I have mentioned this a few times already but adding baskets to your laundry room can help you add some depth to your storage and not take up much floor or shelf space in your laundry room.
Baskets are ideal when you wish to store the extra/ folded towels or the folded clothes that are lying to get ironed. Wicker baskets are usually ideal for that since they look pretty and sophisticated but even the plastic and metal baskets can add some nice flair!
I can already hear you saying, ‘enough about the shelves now!’ but hear me out on this (again!)
Open shelving in the laundry room or some floating shelves can add some added functionality and space to your utilitarian room. So, if you’re still on the fence about this, don’t. You won’t regret that. And about the laundry room shelving ideas, you already have 20 above!
When you do not wish to display all that’s there in your laundry room or don’t like clutter in general, then cabinets are ideal.
You can keep your everyday-use laundry material on the shelves and that which isn’t used that frequently can go in the cabinets.
Use Pegs And Hangers
When you don’t wish to take the pain of going out to dry clothes in the sun when you are still up to doing the laundry, then pegs and hangers can come in handy to dry them well.
Or you could just hang your everyday use fabrics like towels on the pegs, just in case.
Your folded clothes and folded towels can very well go in the drawers and out of visibility. That automatically removes clutter.
And needless to say, when drawers are your best friends when it comes to putting out of display all the laundry material that is usually lying around, just like that.
Hide Your Ironing Board
When the iron board juts out of the wall or lies against it, it makes the entire room look quite clumsy. So, hiding your iron board in the drawers or cabinets can help!
Have A Folding Station
Everyone knows how unfolded cloths and even folded clothes lying around can make a space look too messy. So, having a folding station just makes the not-so-interesting chore easier and a little less clumsy.
How deep should shelves be in the laundry room?
If you wish to store the usual laundry material, then 10 to 12 inches is the ideal depth of the shelf you’d want to go for. But if you want to store a little extra stuff like the baskets and storage bins, then an 18-inch deep shelf would suit the best!
How can I make my laundry room beautiful?
There are a couple of ways to make the laundry room beautiful but the best ways are:
1) Organize the room with shelves and cabinets.
2) Add some color in form of colorful walls, shelves, and decor.
3) Add some decor like wall art and faux vines
4) Display the detergent and solutions in pretty glass containers.
5) Add an indoor plant or two to add a pop of color.