4 Laundry Room Cabinet Options

Laundry Room Cabinets

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Laundry rooms are often tight on storage. The available area itself is usually on the smaller end, plus much room is taken up by two super-sized appliances and sometimes even a utility sink. Laundry room cabinets shoulder the bulk of the storage demands in the laundry room, ranging from quick and inexpensive solutions like mobile cabinets to full-scale permanent systems with wall and base cabinets.

Wall Cabinets

With so much activity in laundry rooms occurring at counter-level or lower, the upper section of walls is ideal real estate for storage. Economy grade wall cabinets use MDF as the building material for the box, while higher-grade cabinets use 1/2-inch A-grade plywood with wood veneer.

Durability and Longevity

Since wall cabinets are up and out of the way, they tend to be more durable and last longer than lower cabinets that bear the brunt of activity. Water spills will not affect wall cabinets.

Aesthetic Value

Stock and semi-custom laundry room wall cabinets are essentially kitchen wall cabinets—which means you have a wide range of style options, from utilitarian to fancy. You can save money with lower cost surfaces like thermoplastic or melamine. Higher cost hardwood veneers give your laundry room a finished, premium touch.

Pricing

$250 to $400 for a pre-assembled 36-inch wide, two-door wall cabinet in hardwood veneer

Pros

  • Tuck neatly out of the way

  • Take advantage of wasted space

Cons

  • Shallow

  • Difficult to reach

Open Shelf Cabinets

Sleek and easy to build on a do-it-yourself basis, open shelf laundry room cabinets provide a fast and inexpensive way to store laundry room essentials.

Durability and Longevity

Untroubled by foot traffic and daily bumps and bangs, upper open shelves often can stay in good condition for decades. Most wall shelf systems have weight limitations, so stay within that range to avoid collapse.

Aesthetic Value

An open shelf visually promotes the items stored on them rather than the shelf itself. So, whether you have gorgeous hardwood open shelves or ordinary white melamine, detergents and other laundry items will cover up the shelves.

Pricing

$80 to $100 for a basic four-level self-assembled unit with white laminated shelves, up to several hundred dollars for custom-built cabinet/shelf units

Pros

  • Quick access

  • Easy to see available items

Cons

  • Unattractive items are visible

  • Items may fall out

Base Cabinets

Base cabinets rest on the floor and are a permanent addition to your laundry room. The countertop rests on top of the base cabinets. In some cases, you can bridge the washer and dryer with the countertop for even more working room.

Durability and Longevity

Solidly attached to the back wall, base cabinets are solid additions to your laundry room. Base cabinets, though, can become damaged in the event of flooding or even minor water spills that aren't cleaned up quickly enough.

Aesthetic Value

Laundry room base cabinets are the same as kitchen base cabinets. In terms of appearance, this is a good thing since kitchens have a wide variety of available base cabinets, including hardwood veneers like birch, maple, oak, and walnut.

Pricing

$300 to $500 for a pre-assembled 30-inch base cabinet with two doors in hardwood veneer

Pros

  • Deep storage space

  • May provide a base for a countertop

Cons

  • Bulky

  • Uses floor space—a premium in most laundry rooms

Mobile Storage/Organizer Cabinets

Mobile laundry room organizers run the gamut, from small wheeled cabinets to tall pantry-sized cabinets. For renters or anyone wishing to remain flexible, mobile cabinets are a good option.

Durability and Longevity

Some mobile organizers are poorly constructed, so be sure to shop carefully for higher quality materials and construction that will last longer. In general, mobile cabinets are meant as a short term storage solution for your laundry room.

Aesthetic Value

Many mobile cabinets tend to be more about function than beauty, with most constructed out of plastic, chromed metal, and laminated MDF.

Pricing

$20 to $100

Pros

  • Flexible and can be moved to areas of need

  • Less expensive than permanent cabinets

Cons

  • Adds no lasting resale value to the home

  • Physical obstacles

The Verdict

The best laundry room cabinet is not one cabinet but a mixture of two or more different cabinets that adapt to the room's needs. At a minimum, wall cabinets over the washer and dryer (unless a stackable unit) will help to hide most items. Adding a second cabinet—perhaps a mobile cabinet or a base cabinet—will augment the wall cabinets and help make the laundry room layout easy to use and flexible for all users.