28 Pretty & Functional Laundry Room Shelving Ideas

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Cathie Hong Interiors / Margaret Austin Photo

If you are looking to add storage to your laundry room, there are a multitude of options that can work for any space or budget. Think open shelves, shelves tucked behind cabinets, shelving systems you can install yourself, and DIY or custom-built shelving that will maximize every last inch of this crucial hub in your home, no matter how big or small. Whether you’re looking to install new shelves or organize and style the shelves you’ve got, here are some clever ideas for an organized and stylish laundry room. 

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    Vintage Style

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    Kate Marker Interiors

    Interior designer Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors created a vintage sepia-toned laundry room feel with open bracket pale oak shelving custom-fit to the space above her countertop. Backed by subtle striped wallpaper, the shelving is styled with a pretty display of art, objects, and cleaning supplies.

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    Wall of Storage

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    A Beautiful Mess

    Open storage allows you to quickly take inventory of what you have. Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess created a generous built-in wall of storage on the opposite side of her laundry room that is clean and bright and provides storage for laundry, cleaning, and bathroom supplies. In an effort to eschew plastic storage containers, she outfitted the open shelves with wire locker, ceramic berry, and hyacinth baskets.

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    Vintage Shelving

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    Thistlewood Farm

    KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm added a mishmash of thrift store and vintage shelving in her galley style laundry room that is in keeping with the feminine rustic farmhouse vibe in the rest of the home. To keep it all looking fresh and unified, she painted everything from the armoire to the shelving in bright white to match the appliances, using a creamy off-white for walls. To keep the open shelving looking clean and organized, she added a slew of matching wire baskets lined with burlap.

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    Double Open

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    Whittney Parkinson Design

    Interior designer Whittney Parkinson of Whittney Parkinson Design created a polished and sophisticated laundry room in tones of gray warmed up with wood, including chunky open floating shelves and slimmer built-in open shelving on a wall of cabinetry that keeps the room from feeling too closed in.

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    All Lit Up

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    Kate Marker Interiors

    Interior designer Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors created a centered built-in open shelf in this pretty laundry room design that is less about storage than creating a focal point. A pendant light adds ambiance, and a small open shelf between the closed cabinetry provides a place to display a mix of utilitarian and decorative objects while keeping countertops clear for sorting and folding laundry.

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    Mini Barn Door

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    Thistlewood Farm

    For those unsightly products that didn't fit in the wire baskets, KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm added a mini sliding barn door on hinges above the washer and dryer that allows her to quickly access what she needs, then whisk it all out of sight.

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    Top Shelf

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    Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona

    For this small space laundry room, Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona took the cabinetry almost all the way up to the ceiling. But she added extra storage by creating a top shelf on top of the built-in cabinets, adding a line of matching baskets to hide clutter.

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    Metal Shelving

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    Tessa Neustadt / Emily Henderson Design

    In this tight laundry room space, interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design chose lively blue-and-white wave wallpaper to add interest. A simple white powder-coated metal double shelf affixed to the side of the washer keeps essentials within easy reach and doesn't detract from the splashy wallpaper.

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    Green and White

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    A Beautiful Mess

    Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess used the same green and white palette for her laundry room and adjacent kitchen to create a sense of continuity. She painted the walls forest green and installed sturdy painted white painted wood shelving above the appliances to store clothespins, lint dryer balls, and other essentials within arms' reach.

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    Over-the-Door

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    Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona

    Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona chose closed cabinet storage shelving for her compact 9x6-foot laundry room that runs almost all the way up to the ceiling. Without room for a drying rod or a free-standing drying rack, she attached an adjustable over-the-door hanging rack that can be used to air dry clothes, and folded away when not in use.

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    In the Garage

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    My 100 Year Old Home

    Leslie from My 100 Year Old Home installed Elfa shelving from The Container Store in the garage laundry room at her California beach house. The floor-to-ceiling shelving unit maximizes space and defines the laundry corner of the multi-purpose garage and game room. Large plastic labeled tubs keep items clean, dry, and accessible.

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    Wrap-Around

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    Whittney Parkinson Design

    In this spacious laundry room from interior designer Whittney Parkinson of Whittney Parkinson Design, a mix of chunky unpainted wood open shelving and closed cabinetry that wraps around the walls creates plenty of storage while keeping the room light and airy.

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    Rolling Shelves

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    Kate Marker Interiors

    Interior designer Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors installed rolling metal shelving beneath this laundry room counter to house laundry baskets on wheels. A metal rod hung between the cabinets above the counter provides a place to air dry clothes.

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    Mason Jar Display

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    Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona

    Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona decanted laundry pods and other laundry room essentials into mason jars to display on the open shelves of this laundry room makeover, to create a polished pantry effect.

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    Budget-Friendly Bracket Shelving

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    Veronica Crawford / Emily Henderson Design

    Designer Velinda Hellen chose a simple, inexpensive bracketed open wood shelf to add extra storage in this budget laundry room renovation.

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    All-White

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    A Beautiful Mess

    In this all-white bathroom makeover from Elsie Larson at A Beautiful Mess, white open shelving runs from wall to wall above the washer and dryer. Laundry room essentials are stored in wicker baskets and clear glass containers with cork lids. Shelves are styled with plants, natural materials, and pops of gold that are echoed in the laundry room wall hooks and sink plumbing fixtures.

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    Black + White

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    Ellie Lillstrom / Emily Henderson Design

    Emily Henderson Design contributor Albie K. Buabeng chose a graphic black-and-white color scheme accented with pops of gold for this sophisticated laundry room renovation. A slim black shelf is held up by gold-toned brackets, and holds decanted laundry supplies and a white orchid for good measure.

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    Cubby Holes

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    Thistlewood Farm

    KariAnne from Thistlewood Farm created built-in shelving cubbies between her washer and dryer to store detergents and other supplies, while creating a stable custom built platform for the appliances, which previously bounced around on the uneven flooring while in use.

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    The Cat's Meow

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    Cathie Hong Interiors / Margaret Austin Photo

    Interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors added whimsical cat wallpaper in the laundry room in honor of two esteemed members of a clients' household. Open wood shelving in a warm tone matches the countertop and is nicely styled with a mix of practical and decorative items. Hong included plenty of closed cabinetry for storing items that are better kept out of sight.

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    DIY Plywood Shelf

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    A Beautiful Mess

    To add additional laundry room storage for two laundry basket/hampers, Emma Chapman from A Beautiful Mess built an easy and lightweight DIY plywood shelf with proportions to match the height of the washer and dryer, painting it to match the rest of the laundry room for a seamless look.

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    Impromptu Shelf

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    Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona

    If you're working with a smaller laundry room, you want to take advantage of every available inch to maximize storage. If you've installed shelving and cabinetry but need extra room for everyday supplies, there's no shame in turning the generous surface of your family-style washing machine or dryer into an impromptu and readily accessible shelf. To make it look intentional rather than cluttered, Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona mixed glass mason jars filled with detergents, clothespins, dryer sheets and other supplies with decorative glass beakers that can be used for liquid detergents. Just be sure not to overcrowd the surface and to verify that your washing machine or dryer doesn't vibrate too much to avoid things falling off the sides.

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    Open Cabinet

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    A Beautiful Mess

    Keely Rust from A Beautiful Mess mounted a DIY open shelf cabinet for easy access storage near the appliances. The backside of the cabinetry was painted pink to match the pinks of the backsplash tile.

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    Extra Deep

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    Kate Marker Interiors

    Interior designer Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors chose mostly closed storage painted in moody shades of black and blue in this laundry room that is visible from the kitchen. But she created a hybrid countertop and open storage area over the washer and dryer thanks to an extra deep countertop that can house storage jars for laundry detergent and other essentials.

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    Decant It

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    Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona

    To make her laundry room shelves feel more styled and less utilitarian, Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona chose to transfer laundry supplies into matching glass storage jars with white tops and gold hardware. The laundry detergent, pods, and other supplies are clearly visible, making them easy to locate and keep inventory on what's running low. The shelves are painted in a stormy gray that makes the colorful detergents pop.

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    Up High

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    Charlie Coull Design

    Interior designer Charlie Coull of Charlie Coull Design installed cabinetry up to the ceiling of this laundry room to maximize storage. Over the sink, she chose open shelving that creates breathing space and allows room for a brass drying rod. The top shelves are styled with pop art and greenery, which can always be displaced if the cabinets start overflowing and more storage space is needed.

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    Free-Standing

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    A Beautiful Mess

    Sisters Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess added a free-standing combination clothes drying rack and shelf to a laundry room rehab project for Habitat for Humanity. It's a cost-effective, easy to install solution for hanging clothes and storing minimal items if you have the floor space and don't have the budget or the need for a wall of laundry room cabinets.

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    Catch-All

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    Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona

    Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona used a porcelain tray on the counter above her washing machine and dryer as a catch-all for laundry sprays, and spare change, buttons, and other small items found in pockets or in the machine.

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    Family-Friendly

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    Sara Tramp / Emily Henderson Design

    Interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design created a combination of open and closed storage in this spacious family-friendly laundry room. On open shelves painted in a fresh robin's egg blue, she added discreetly labeled baskets to keep frequently used items like laundry pods, lint rollers, and dryer sheets handy while safely out of sight and reach of young kids.