My laundry room has been my least favorite place in my house. It is small and not too organized. And do I like things organized!!!!! My parents found this cabinet for the laundry and helped me install it several years ago. It gave me more storage, but it still left a lot to be desired.
In December, my sweet sister came and encouraged me to build shelves. The more I thought about it, the more I loved the idea. After spending some time on Pinterest (of course!!) I found some ideas. Here is what my laundry room looked like before I started.
Some how I got the cabinet down and out of the room with out killing myself-that thing is super heavy!! I measured the floor to ceiling height and cut the boards to support the shelves.
I screwed the boards onto the walls and then measured the middle boards to fit. Since this is just for my pantry, I only sanded the boards a bit and smoothed the edges on the front. I built each shelf for maximum efficiency. I only wanted 1 inch or less between the tallest item I would store there and the next shelf. The bottom shelves I made 12 inches wide, but the upper ones I had only 6 inches wide. I wanted to easily be able to get to all the items without digging through loads of things.
I was planning on building cleats on the back wall to support each of the shelves. But I couldn't find the studs easily. (nursing school didn't instruct me in how to do this!) When I asked my hubby about finding the studs, he got quite nervous. I found out all the power for the house runs through this wall and I had a good chance of electrocuting myself if I kept going. So I changed my design to one that included much less drilling into the back wall. I just make shelf supports that I attached to each other from the top of the shelf. This was easy and will support the weight of any item on it quiet well.
I ended up spending about $75 for this entire project. It took me 3 hours to cut, sand and install the shelves. And another hour to organize and admire my work. :)
Got them all loaded up with my pantry stuff and love it!! Things are so much easier to find now. I wish I had done this earlier-like 10 years ago!!!
Cleaned my washer and dryer and window sill off and overall made it look so much better. I am not ashamed to have my door open to my laundry any more.
I had to move where I kept my broom and mop. So I just took an extra piece of wood I had and popped it up on the wall. A few simple screws in it and there you have it! Super easy and functional.