DIY Laundry Room Storage Unit

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DIY Laundry Room Storage Unit

 

Given a bright, well-organized area with plenty of laundry room storage space, folding and sorting clothes can be a pleasure.

That’s what Jen Jones was thinking when she and her husband took on a project to create extra laundry room storage in their home. She ought to know a thing or two about storage and organization, too, considering she writes a popular blog called IHeart Organizing.  

Here, she shows us, step-by-step, how she designed and built her gorgeous laundry room storage area.

For years now, I have been dreaming up a laundry station where I can sort out delicate pieces and linens, quickly fold clothes for our boys, hang important blouses to dry and even do a little sewing. The Home Depot is always our one stop shop for home improvement projects, and they really came through for us in making this little dream of mine a reality.

 

DIY Laundry Room Storage Unit

 

DIY Laundry Room Storage Unit: Where the unit will go

 

Storage in this area of the room has come and gone, but as of late, it was looking like a big blank slate.

DIY Laundry Room Storage Unit: The plan

 

Working together, my husband and I came up with a plan. The goal was to build something simple yet stylish and functional: concealed storage above to hold our beach gear and towels, paper products and extra bulky linens. A tall cabinet would be created to act as a cleaning closet, storing brooms, mops and our vacuum. The far right portion of the unit would hold baskets for sorting our laundry and provide a shelf for my sewing items. A counter for working and folding and a bar for hanging clothing to dry would finish things off.

The most time consuming part of the process was measuring our space and creating a supply and cut list. Well, that and waiting for paint to dry of course.

DIY Laundry Room Storage Unit: Materials Used

 

 

Materials used to build the laundry room storage project

To keep the project budget friendly, we opted to build the entire unit out of 3/4″ MDF. We have used MDF for previous building projects and have always been happy with the quality and end result. Because we had measured our empty wall and drew a planned diagram, we were able to provide our Home Depot helpers with a cut list. Once we had loaded up our cart with wood supplies, they assisted in cutting the larger MDF boards down to our pre-determined size (this would vary for everyone as we built this to fit our wall and baskets specifically). We also used the moulding cut station to pre-cut our crown molding and door trim pieces as well.

Basic tools needed for this laundry room storage project

  • Carpenter’s square
  • Brad nailer
  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Miter box
  • Cordless drill
  • Caulk gun
  • Sanding block

Cut list for this laundry room storage project

  • 4 – 76″ x 16″ pieces of 3/4″ MDF for the vertical sides of the cleaning closet/cubbies
  • 2 – 97″ x 16″ pieces of 3/4″ MDF for the horizontal sides of the upper cabinets
  • 8 – 24″ x 16″ pieces of 3/4″ MDF for the horizontal shelves of the laundry sorting cubbies and cleaning closet
  • 4 – 14 1/2″ x 16″ pieces of 3/4″ MDF for the vertical dividers of the upper cabinets
  • 1 – 24 3/4″ x 75 1/2″ piece of 1/2″ MDF for cleaning closet door
  • 2 – 24 3/4″ x 14 1/2″ pieces of 1/2″ MDF for outer upper cabinet doors
  • 2 – 22 1/4″ x 14 1/2″ pieces of 1/2″ MDF for the inner upper cabinet doors
  • 1 – 97″ piece of crown molding
  • For the door trim, we purchased 2″ wide oak mullion moulding and used our miter box to cut each piece to the perimeter of the door panels as shown in the diagram below

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The construction of the storage wall itself consisted of three basic units.

DIY Laundry Room Storage Unit: Cutting the MDF

The process of building each frame was essentially the same, the only difference being the final measurements. The had the vertical pieces cut to size at the store. We cut down the horizontal pieces at home. A couple of clamps and an extra piece of trim acted as the perfect guide for achieving our cuts with the circular saw.

DIY Laundry Room Storage: Measuring for shelves

To be sure the shelves remained level and lined up equally on both walls of the unit, the horizontal pieces were clamped together, and lines were drawn across both boards with a carpenter’s square.

DIY Laundry Room Storage: Gluing the frame

Throughout the entire build process, we were sure to combine wood glue with our brad nailer for strength and reinforcement. To set the shelves, we added a bead of wood glue along the shelf edge, inserted it in-between the exterior boards and attached with the brad nailer.

DIY Laundry Room Storage: Clamps and pieces of wood act at guides for the shelves

Another way to ensure our shelves were going in level was to create more guides out of clamps and trim pieces.

DIY Laundry Room Storage: Shelves in place

Once the glue set and dried, the piece was sturdy enough to be carried and placed into our laundry room.

As you can see from the photo above, we removed a few pieces of our trim in the room to be sure the unit would fit square to the wall.

DIY Laundry Room Storage: Bolting pieces together

The cleaning closet unit and upper unit were built in the same fashion as the first piece. Once all three were complete, they were attached together with 1 1/4″ drywall screws.

DIY Laundry Room Storage: Installing the crown moulding

We used a few shims to ensure the unit remained level and square to the wall. Once everything was in place and secure, we installed the icing on the cake, also known as the crown moulding.

DIY Laundry Room Storage: Diagram of the doors

Our plans for the doors were to simply cut 1/2″ MDF pieces to size, and finish them off with simple pieces of flat oak moulding.

DIY Laundry Room Storage: Assembling the doors

Once the molding was cut to fit the size of the door, it was attached with wood glue and the brad nailer.

The doors and the main unit were wiped down with a tack cloth prior to being primed and painted. The holes were also filled with painters caulk and everything was given a good sanding between coats.

DIY Laundry Room Storage: Trimming the counter

While the paint was drying, Bryan cut the countertop to the correct width. I was not interested in the backsplash lip of the counter, so that was cut as well. To cut the counter without damaging the surface, a simple strip of painter’s tape was used for protection.

We used a few pieces of the MDF scraps screwed into the sides of each unit and the back wall, to act as a ledger board for the counter.

DIY Laundry Room Storage: After painting

The installation of the counter was sturdy on its own, however I was looking to add a little extra visual interest to the entire piece. While at The Home Depot, we realized we had two options for our support posts. We could use an interior newel post for around $30 each, or piece together two exterior cedar deck posts which we found on sale for around $5 each (down from $20!). We selected the latter of the two options.

DIY Laundry Room Storage: Installing suppport legs

Because the posts we selected were not tall enough on their own, and only had a small portion of decorative finish, we purchased four and combined two posts into one. To do so, the top of each post was cut, the center was found and pre-drilled and a double-sided screw paired with wood glue combined each end to create one fabulous counter leg.

And repeat.

DIY Laundry Room Storage: Almost complete

In total, the unit received one coat of primer and three coats of paint. Once everything was dried and cured, we added hinges and pulls to the doors and popped the decorative counter legs in place.

DIY Laundry Room Storage: Finishing touches

The final steps to calling this project complete were to reinstall our trim, install the clip hooks and clothing rod and finish off the edges of the counter with the counter finishing kit.

DIY Laundry Room Storage

Words can’t express how excited we are with the final outcome of this laundry storage project!

DIY Laundry Room Storage

Inside the cleaning closet, the grip clips hold all of our taller cleaning essentials, while the added shelf is the perfect place for our mop bucket and extra vacuum attachments.

DIY Laundry Room Storage

I spray painted half of our wooden hangers in Rust-Oleum’s Lagoon.

DIY Laundry Room Storage

To free up the counter, we cut down a small piece of pegboard and placed it inside of a photo frame which I spray painted with my favorite gold paint. It acts as a wonderful way to keep my sewing tools within reach for quick clothing repairs and projects.

DIY Laundry Room Storage

The open access cubbies on the right side of the unit have made sorting and accessing our laundry baskets a daily breeze.

DIY Laundry Room Storage

We worked on this project on and off for about a week, and although it may seem grand and complex, it all came together pretty quickly. The key was having a plan, measuring twice five times and having many of our pieces pre-cut right at the Home Depot store. We now have an extremely functional built-in full of storage, creating an all-in-one laundry sorter/folding counter/linen storage/cleaning closet!

See more Storage and Organization Ideas here on The Home Depot Blog. Follow our Storage and Organize board on Pinterest for more great storage ideas and DIY projects, too.

Browse our Storage and Organization Department for everything you need to get your home organized. 

Jen did this project for The Home Depot’s Store More, Save More event. She received a Home Depot gift card, but the ideas and opinions she expressed are her own.

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  1. Wow! this is really a good idea. A multipurpose corner like this is a good example on how to maximize space – ideal for people living in apartments or small spaces, but still remarkable to see even in spacious homes. The happy splashes of color on top of the dominating white makes this laundry room even more lively. That pegboard idea is genius! Not only were you able to make something useful, you also made a pretty conversation piece for the room.

    Overall, I would have to say that, you did a good job! It was well-planned and diligently executed. This is a good project for your home improvement, to top it off you had some bonding time together while turning the idea to reality. I’ m pretty sure, the finished product will impress even my friends from Charleston SC Contractors. They always say that couples who opt to do little home improvement projects themselves never fail to earn their respect. Though, couples like you do put a damper on their business, my friends still believe that your are inspiring.

    • Craig Allen says:

      So you’re saying you like it?

      But seriously, thanks!

      –Craig, from The Home Depot

      • Yeah. What I like most about it was the way they were so meticulously methodical in the way they worked on it, all the while not forgetting to snap some photos in between. They made it look serious and fun. And, you’re welcome!

  2. Berdj Joseph Rassam says:

    That’s a cool idea.

  3. Amazing! I thought they were off the shelf cabinets when I saw the first picture. What a professional job! Absolutely stunning :)

  4. Sharon says:

    It looks great and it’s a fabulous tutorial. What size nails were used in the brad nailer?

  5. Sara says:

    I’m drooling over this storage space! Multi-functional and beautiful. Can’t wait to tackle this project at home.

  6. Jen and her husband are an amazing team, and this laundry station is mind-blowing!!!! I have serious laundry room envy now! Great post and inspiration!