We get it—even a beautiful laundry room can't make laundry day totally painless (although it sure can help). Laundry is one of those chores we all have to do, but rarely are we excited about it. But even if laundry day isn't your favorite day of the week, the right layout and setup can make this chore feel a little less mundane.
Here, we've rounded up great shelving ideas to make your laundry room a bit more functional (and beautiful, too).
Keep it Simple
This simple, light-filled laundry room isn't overly decorative, but it has just enough storage space to be useful. The open layout is airy and light, which keeps it welcoming, and offers a single countertop shelf above the washer and dryer for folding. A wall-mounted cabinet adds extra storage out of sight.
Consider a Mudroom Combo
Not enough space for a mudroom and a laundry room? With some clever use of your existing real estate, there can be enough for both a laundry room and mudroom storage—and the shelving pictured here doubles for both needs. If you have a combination laundry room and mudroom, consider shelving and storage options that can suit both coats and laundry detergent.
Don't Forget Hooks
A simple shelf with hooks is a great choice in the laundry room. Though you may typically associate these types of shelves with coats and entryways, it can also be invaluable in a laundry room. The shelf adds a bit of storage space, while the hooks give you real estate to hang items to dry.
Take Advantage of the Architecture
Even if your laundry room isn't in a beautiful attic like this one, you may have to work with the real estate you have and sometimes that means very little wall space to hang shelves. Instead, look down. Here, cabinetry and a low shelf add extra storage and a place for baskets.
Add Shelves for Laundry Baskets
A few built-in shelves can keep your laundry baskets out of the way and give you a place to store dirty clothes before they go into the washer. If you don't have a whole cabinet unit, mount a few shelves lower to the ground where you can easily slide a laundry basket.
Use Shelves for Decoration
Who says that shelves need only be useful? Consider using a few shelves in your laundry room to add a bit of style to your space and create a more welcoming room. Mix in a few of your favorite photographs of your favorite memories to make laundry day a little happier.
Decorate With Modern Farmhouse
Even if the rest of your home isn't decorated in a modern farmhouse style, a laundry room is a great place to incorporate this cozy aesthetic. A simple black and white color palette and a few vintage-inspired accessories can transform your laundry room. Opt for a rustic wood shelf over a modern, lacquered one if you have space.
Squeeze in Corner Shelves
This laundry room is everything we love in small-space decor—it's quaint, cozy, and welcoming, and uses every inch of space well. On top of the cabinets and floor shelves, there's also a corner shelving unit that adds a bit of extra space for decorative pieces to give the room even more personality.
Add Custom Wall Shelves
If you're short on space in a small laundry room or laundry closet, a shelf or two can add essential storage. Instead of buying off the shelf, consider measuring your wall and DIYing one that fits it perfectly. This will give you more bang for your buck and provide a more finished look overall.
Add an Industrial Shelf
If you want a shelf unit that's a little more unique and eye-catching, consider giving it an industrial flair. This iron and wood piece is perfect for adding extra storage above the washer and dryer while also lending an industrial look and feel. This is fairly easy to DIY, but you can also purchase a premade piece suited for your room.