January 2, 2017

Simple Laundry Room Shelf Update

It's 2017 and it's the perfect time to get your home organized for the new year. We started getting our home ready by adding a simple shelf into our laundry room to keep clutter at bay. We tend to place items and store them on top of the washer and dryer to keep them out of the way of other areas. It bothered me for years and finally just had to do something about it. After building the shelves in our living room, I had some leftover wood and needed something simple, quick, and easy to do. This project took us just a few minutes and was up and ready to go in no time!!! 

What you need:

  • 1 to 2x4's (depeding on size of shelf needed)
  • 1 2x11 cut to size for shelf area. Our was cut to 66 and 1/2in.
  • 2in wood screws
  • anchors
  • screwdriver
  • sandpaper
  • wood stain and staining supplies
  • level

How to make:

1. Cut 2x4's to fit area needed to hang shelves. Be sure to cut sides edges shorter since will sit in front of longer back piece. Otherise will hang out over the shelf. We cut our side edges to 9in to not stick out over the 11in shelf.
2. Sand edges and stain all pieces including shelf top. Let dry.

3. Using a stud finder, or hope for the best, search for studs to hang shelf anchor pieces. 
4. We hung the long side first, screwing into place making sure it was level, then removing screws and wood to add anchors. Then re-attach wood using the wood screws. 
5. Attach the shorter sides using same technique as the back pieces. 

6. Once anchor pieces are in place, place the top shelf piece onto anchor wood. We had to use a rubber mallet to push into place.

7. Using the wood screws, screw top piece into the wood anchors along back and sides to secure in place.

That's it! Decorate your shelves and get your laundry room organized!! Now that I have this all complete and somewhat organized, it's time to get the rest of the laundry room finished up!


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