How do I Choose the Best Laundry Room Shelves?

Sheri Cyprus

The best laundry room shelves for you will depend on your budget and how much space you'll need. Keep in mind that the neatest laundry storage options typically include at least some closed shelves. The best shelves coordinate with your home laundry equipment for a neat, organized room that also looks attractive. Some of the different laundry room shelf options you may want to consider are open wire, built-in, recycled cabinets or modular.

Liquid fabric softener is often stored on laundry room shelves.
Liquid fabric softener is often stored on laundry room shelves.

Modular shelving for laundry rooms is available in both open and closed options. Open shelving can be made neater by using matching storage containers to hold supplies such as laundry soap, clothes pins, fabric softener sheets and the like. Some closed, modular laundry room shelves are designed to contain washing machines and dryers — whether side-by-side or stacked vertically. This kind of laundry area shelving can be an ideal way to hide older machines, but if you have attractive new ones, you may want to save the closed storage to house a collection of bottles and packages of supplies instead. Modular laundry shelves are often made of laminate, which is typically easy to maintain and keep clean.

Items like bleach are best stored in a closed shelf.
Items like bleach are best stored in a closed shelf.

For a low-budget option to modular shelving for your laundry room, recycled kitchen cabinets may work. These are typically sold inexpensively by homeowners who are replacing them with new cabinets during a kitchen remodeling project. Some homeowners buy these to place in a garage for extra storage, and they can work whether your laundry is located there or in a separate room. It's also often possible to find a used lower cupboard for laundry room shelves that has a counter top for folding clean clothes, plus a sink for rinsing or soaking items before washing.

If your budget allows, having custom shelving built into your laundry room can allow you to organize everything just as you want. For example, if you have a folding ironing board, a contractor can make a cupboard for that to your specifications. Built-in laundry room shelves won't be cheap, but they may be an extra selling point for home buyers if you ever put your house up for sale.

Open wire shelving for laundry areas is one of the most common types. It's fairly inexpensive, yet also strong and durable. The open rack-like design allows for clean clothing to be placed on hangers and hung from it. There are wire laundry room shelves available for corners as well as different sizes of straight sections. Wire laundry shelves may be combined with closed cabinets for multi-functional storage possibilities.

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