Ideas & Inspiration

Laundry Room Storage and Shelving Ideas

Wall Storage
Full shelves above a washer and dryer.

Laundry room organization seems daunting since you are working within a small space, but don't be intimidated. Take advantage of wall-mounted shelves and cabinets in order to save as much floor space as possible. 

One of the most popular and functional uses for laundry room shelving is to add shelving or cabinets above your washer and dryer. This is an easy, convenient way to store your detergents, stain removers, dryer sheets and any other laundry must-haves.

The simplest way to add laundry room shelving above your machines is to install basic open shelving: choose from inexpensive wall-mounted wire shelves or more elegant wall-mounted wood shelves.  

If you’d prefer to keep your space less cluttered, keep your laundry supplies stored behind cabinet doors. Install a standard two-door kitchen cabinet that matches your home’s décor, wall cabinets specifically designed to take advantage of small laundry room spaces, or create a cabinet system to match your exact laundry room measurements with The Home Depot’s Closet Design Center


Once you’ve installed your shelves or cabinetry, get some containers to hold all of your laundry supplies. Select from small drawers and baskets, cubbies and cube storage, or other storage bins.

Tip: Install adjustable shelves that can be moved to meet your family’s changing needs.

Small Space Storage
Laundry hanging on a wire rack to dry.

If you have stacking washers or a tight laundry space, a vertical wire shelving unit is a great addition to any laundry room. Make the most out of narrow spaces by adding wheels to tall shelving units and tucking them away when necessary.

You can also look for collapsible storage options that fold out from walls or the ceiling. Utilize a drying rack that hangs from the ceiling or the back of a door, a fold-away drying rack or ironing board that collapses into the wall, or a track system onto which you can attach shelves, bins or hooks. 

Laundry Room Tips
A fold-out ironing board.

Having a variety of inexpensive, easy accessible laundry supplies on hand can instantly upgrade any laundry room. 

  • Extra laundry baskets: Whether you call them laundry baskets or laundry hampers, having plenty on hand will help make laundry time easier. Choose from plastic, woven or fabric options and then take advantage of having several baskets: Carry one around the house picking up dirty socks and dish towels, or use them to help you distribute clean clothes once they’re folded. 
  • Laundry sorters: Easily separate colors into separate baskets with laundry sorters that have wheels for increased mobility. 
  • Flat surface for folding and ironing: Not every laundry room will have a space to add a folding table, but if you can squeeze one in, it will immediately become some of the most valuable space in your laundry room. In addition to being perfect for folding and sorting, it also comes in handy if you have need to lay something flat to dry, or even just rest a pile of dirty clothes before it goes into the wash. You can also use a wall-mounted ironing board or folding table that folds out from the wall, or utilize a laundry sorter that has a folding table on top. 
  • Label containers: Once you have your laundry supplies organized in attractive containers, add labels so that anyone doing laundry can quickly find what they need. Get creative by utilizing Lazy Susans and shower caddies for increased visibility. 

Tip: Make sure at least one container serves a “junk drawer” of sorts to collect lonely socks, clothespins or buttons. Store an index card in there with stain removal tips for quick reference.

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