Dealing with a cramped laundry room is a struggle that’s all too common. By the time you get a washer and dryer in there, it sometimes feels like you barely have time to step inside your laundry room! Laundry room shelving is a great way to add extra storage space to your laundry room decor. It can also add some personality and flair to what can otherwise be quite a bland part of your home.

If you’re in the situation where you’re looking for creative ways to maximize the (tiny) space of your laundry room, you’re in luck! These laundry room shelving ideas not only look amazing, but they’re some of the most functional ways to maximize the space in your cramped laundry.

What kind of shelves are best for my laundry room?

If you’re looking to install new shelves in your laundry room, you may be wondering what type of shelving is best for laundry rooms. In general, open shelves are a great option, because they can easily be placed over your washer or dryer. Plus, they make it easy to grab supplies as you need them, and don’t take up any more space than they need to. 

clean white laundry room with shelving and decor

Floating shelves for laundry rooms are also very popular. Floating shelves are great because they’re not bulky, which is exactly what you want in a room that can feel claustrophobic before you even add any shelving. Plus, floating shelves couldn’t be easier to install, and can add a subtle elegance to your laundry room, complementing any style. 

The best cheap laundry room shelving ideas

We get it – you don’t want to spend a ton of money on your laundry room, as hardly anyone else sees it! Here are some great options that can give your laundry room a boost without breaking the bank.

Basic affordable laundry room shelving

Simple but classic, these laundry room shelves scream functionality. Plus, Stacy Ling has some great ideas about how to style them! 

laundry room with dark wood floating shelves

Minimalist laundry room shelving

Keep it simple! We love the elegance of this no-frills laundry room shelving. It’s functional, but there’s plenty of space to add some decorations as well. This guide from Lovely Indeed will give you all the inspo you need to get started!

laundry room shelf with baskets for organization

Wire laundry room shelving 

If you’re on a budget, these wire shelves are a great choice. And, with some decor tips from Fantabulosity, you can make them look ever so stylish!

wire shelving over laundry machines

Box shelving for laundry room

Box shelving gives your laundry room more of a “cabinets” feel, but the open-door look means they can also be used as a display case. We love this functional, affordable DIY guide from Family Handyman!

blue laundry room with white box shelves

DIY laundry room shelving ideas we love

While there are plenty of affordable shelves you can buy for your laundry, there’s just something so satisfying about doing it yourself. Here are some of our favorite DIY laundry room shelving ideas. Get your sandpaper ready! 

Laundry room cabinets with open shelving

Is it the color or the open shelving that makes this one so striking? Either way, it’s a beautiful example of how combining cabinets with open shelving in your laundry room is a great look! Check out how Emily Henderson brings this one to life. 

laundry room with light blue upper and lower cabinets

DIY cabinets and bracket shelves

There’s nothing like bracket shelves to complete a look. This simple DIY tutorial from The DIY Nuts is a great balance of functional and beautiful. 

blue cabinets and open shelving in laundry room

DIY pipe shelving

This pipe shelving look is seriously underrated. It can give your laundry room a cool, industrial vibe and add some character to what’s usually such a bland space. Plus, this guide from Making Manzanita will show you just how easy these DIY laundry room shelves really are!

modern laundry room with open shelving


Floating laundry room shelving ideas for extra space

Are floating shelves still in style? Absolutely. We love these minimalist, space-saving shelves that don’t take up an inch more space than they need to. In a tight laundry room, they can give you the extra storage space you so desperately need. Here are some of our faves!

Chunky white floating shelves

These chunky white shelves add the perfect accent to this gorgeous laundry room makeover. If you’re worried about too much white, add a pop of color or some plants to your shelf to brighten things up! Check out the entire stunning transformation from A Beautiful Mess.

white laundry room with floating shelving

Wooden floating shelves

This long, wooden floating shelf placed above the washer and dryer adds extra storage without crowding the space, which is perfect for this room! We love the wicker baskets as well – five stars to Homemade Heather!

open shelving in laundry room


DIY floating shelves over washer

Here’s another gorgeous idea that makes the most of the unused space above the washer and dryer. These floating shelves make a subtle statement, and this DIY tutorial from Four Generations One Roof has everything you need to know to make it happen. 

floating shelves over washer and dryer

Rustic farmhouse floating shelves

We’ve possibly saved the best for last, because these stunning rustic farmhouse shelves are breathtaking. Combined with the gorgeous white shiplap, this inspo from Simply Beautiful By Angela gives us a serious case of laundry room envy. 

floating laundry room shelving with decor

What do you put on floating shelves in a laundry room?

Floating shelves for your laundry room can be used to hold your laundry supplies like detergent and dryer sheets, or can be decorative to give your laundry room a little bit of ambiance. Or, you can combine the two and have a mixture of functionality and beauty – perfection! 

How deep should a laundry room shelf be?

The depth of your laundry room shelf all depends on what you plan to store on your shelving. If you just want to put your detergent, fabric softener, and other supplies, a 12-inch shelf should be more than enough. On the other hand, if you want to store bins or baskets on your shelves, a laundry room shelf depth of 18 inches might be more suitable. 

Use this inspo to maximize the storage space in your laundry room!

We hope you’ve got some exciting new ideas for your own laundry room shelving! Whether it’s a simple wire shelf or some gorgeous farmhouse floating shelves, any storage space is a welcome addition to a crowded laundry room! If you’re looking for more laundry room renovation inspiration, check out our posts on small laundry room ideas and laundry room decor. Looking for more organization ideas? Check out our post on closet organizer plans or get your kitchen decluttered our small kitchen organization ideas.


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  1. Ashley August 18, 2023 at 9:48 am

    The laundry room is one room in my home I have definitely neglected. Some great ideas here to maximise the space!xxx

    1. Remi Bagwell September 21, 2023 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Ashley, I’m so happy you liked these ideas and found them helpful!


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