14 laundry room shelving ideas – organize your laundry room with clever storage

Need laundry room shelving ideas? Whether your laundry room is big or small, we show you ways to use shelving to make the most of your space.

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After laundry shelving ideas for your laundry/utility space? You'll find lots of inspiration here showing how shelves can help with laundry room organization.

The most important thing to think about when installing shelving is ensuring they are in ease of reach, but not too easy to keep little ones out of harm's way.

Experts at Garden Trading explain, 'Whilst floor space can be something of a premium, wall space is often a great choice for adding storage in smaller spaces.'

'With vertical storage and open shelving having something of a moment, thanks to the oft-trending #shelfie movement, means that storing baskets and other items can add to an overall sense of style.'

Read on for our round up of the most stylish and practical shelving ideas for your laundry room.

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DIY or bespoke shelving to suit your space

If your laundry room is small or is a particularly awkward space, it might be a good idea to explore bespoke shelving. 

'Won't that be expensive?' We hear you cry. Hear us out. Getting shelving to fit your space, needn't be pricey. It's worth contacting a local carpenter to get a quote. 

Dependent on the space, you might just be surprised the cost. A bespoke unit may well cost less than the average shelving unit you'd buy, er, off the shelf.

Another budget-friendly idea would be to buy planks of wood and put shelves up with brackets, painting them in whatever finish you so desire. 

Fancy trying your hand at a bit of DIY? Learn how to install a floating shelf yourself with our guide.

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Fit open shelving on one whole wall

Adding open shelving to cover the whole of a wall space will not only look neat but will also be easy to get at when you're clambering for the stain remover to get a stubborn stain out of clothing

Of course, you could just store all your products up on the shelves, or if clutter is your enemy, you could consider keeping items in various baskets and bins so they're easily accessible but not on show.

Argos says, 'It works really well in practical spaces as you can see where everything is without having to open and close doors - you can always add storage baskets to keep smaller items together.

You could go one step further and incorporate other containers like glass jars and bottles to store your laundry detergents, pegs, and various other small items to create a more uniform look and the ultimate laundry room #shelfie set up.

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Set up ladder shelving 

If you're not too sure about mounting shelves along the walls, maybe for fear of bursting a pipe or damaging your walls, a shelf ladder is the perfect option. Ladder shelving doesn't take up lots of floor space or wall space for that matter. 

Make use of the room height by opting for a tall ladder shelf to maximise the storage space. 

Garden Trading say, 'For renters or DIY avoiders, shelf ladders are the ultimate compromise. Compact and footprint friendly they simply lean against the wall - and fit in any room of the house.'

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Mix cabinets and open shelving 

We all have certain items we don't necessarily want on show or we need hidden away from our curious little people. Mixing cabinets with open shelving is a great compromise. 

You could still have the #shelfie friendly bits and pieces on the open shelving but hide not so neat and tidy items in the cabinets. 

Having all the clutter stored away in a cabinet will also mean you'll always walk in to a space that looks tidy, making laundry day a little bit less of a chore. 

IKEA's ENHET wall storage combination has a mix of open and closed storage with the added bonus of a space for a washing machine and laundry baskets. 

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Use a freestanding cabinet

Turn a corner of your kitchen or bathroom into a shelving space for cleaning essentials with a free-standing unit, combining shelving cubbies and hooks.

Arrange brushes and dusters into buckets and caddies, and hang peg bags and brooms from the hooks to maintain order.

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Full height vertical units

If you have the luxury of a large laundry room, a great option would be to add a fitted units, full height to make use of the wall space. 

All shelving and bulky appliances could be hidden away behind sleek doors so all that clutter is hidden firmly out of view. Bliss.

Or if you don't have a dedicated laundry room, but a room with wall space, you could fit a unit like the one above from Smeg to house a neat laundry area.

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Choose wire shelving

If you don't want to build in wood shelving, wire shelving units are an inexpensive, easy-to-install option for storing laundry accessories. 

For a more customized look, you could add a few of these wire shelving units side by side for extra storage capacity.

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Adjustable modular shelving to adapt to needs

Got laundry mountains on the daily? Installing adjustable shelves that can be moved will futureproof your space and meet your family’s changing needs. 

String furniture's shelving systems option of both open and closed cabinets, hooks and shelving units of various heights tick all the storage for busy homes. 

Peter Erlandsson, Co-Owner of string furniture explains more, 'Utility/laundry rooms have become a desirable must-have at home but are often compact.'

'The best thing about modular furniture is that it really can be installed anywhere. Make sure your shelving is deep and tall enough to store your belongings but narrow enough that it doesn’t compromise your precious square-footage.'

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Install multifunctional units

A busy laundry room needs multifunctional shelving and Ikea do multifunctional exceptionally well.

And where would we be without Ikea storage hacks? Ikea's BOAXAL range is adaptable or the open storage solution can be added to as needed. You can add everything from a drying rack and a clothes rail to baskets and shelving. 

The choice really is yours.

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Use a pigeon hole wall unit

Have lots of finicky laundry items strewn around your laundry room? A pigeon hole unit is perfect for tucking away odds and ends that don't have a home. 

This vintage-look wooden pigeon hole wall unit from Rockett St George will hide away lots of unsightly clutter and will look even better in a country-style laundry space.

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Install a multipurpose peg board

Keep surfaces clear of clutter and the things you need within reach, rather than hidden at the back of a cupboard, with a pegboard of hooks, containers and shelving. 

Giving everything its own place with Skadis pegboard combination from Ikea and the range of accessories should keep everything sorted.

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Hide shelving behind a door

If you've always got a laundry avalanche on your hands and there's zero time for arranging a #shelfie, let alone said avalanche, it's time to show your laundry room who's boss.

Hide the clutter and mess by using a shelf unit with a sliding door. Your guests will be none-the-wiser.

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Add cube shelving in pockets of spaces

If you've not got a whole wall to play with, why not use cube shelving to maximise storage opportunities, using the top and inside of the cubes. 

Choose deep cubes to get the most out of them or why not choose a style you can add a door to, like a Ikea Kallax shelving unit, to tidy away items best kept unseen. You've got to love Ikea storage cubes.

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Utilitarian shelving with brass brackets

If you're designing a laundry room, take a leaf out of this DeVol laundry room's simplicity and opt for clean lines with a single shelf running the length of the room.

Create the ultimate utilitarian #shelfie with traditional brass brackets and vintage-style receptacles, jars, baskets and containers for all your laundry accessories.

Jenny McFarlane
Jenny McFarlane

Jenny is Senior Digital Editor and joined the team in January 2021. She also works on the homes brands' video show, on the Future Homes Network, which is packed full of ideas to help you make the most of your own home and garden. Since getting on the property market with her first apartment and then more recently a house, her passion for interior design and gardening has taken on a new lease of life. Jenny's currently on the lookout for a doer-upper to put her stamp on. She loves collecting and salvaging unique items (much to her other half's despair) but sniffing out stylish home bargains is her one true love. When she has a spare minute, she loves to do a spot of crafting, having studied textiles at Uni – although she hardly gets the chance with a toddler who keeps her permanently on her toes.