Laundry shelf planning

My laundry needs something! I love the size and space I have in there, but I think it needs a big shelf. When I built the house I had intended to put overhead cupboards in, but I ditched it last minute (money!). Since then I’ve happy been without anything overhead and I have decided I don’t need the additional cupboards. It would be too overwhelming and cumbersome (well maybe they would be ok, but $1,800-$2,000 for cupboards I won’t use is a little out of my range). There is enough storage in there already (I have a walk-in storage room off to the left). BUT, the wall above the bench is large and very boring. So I was thinking of putting up a simple white shelf. I could display a pretty print, a couple of jars and some towels. It’s long though – over 3m in bench.

[bad photo, but you get the idea!]

Here is what it looks like now. So off to the left of the external door I have that walk-in storage room. The solid door in the front on the right goes to the garage. Where I am standing is in to the kitchen area and on the right is a chalkboard wall. This room gets a lot of traffic through it! I am not in to hanging stuff, so bags/hats etc all get stored in the storage room. I like to keep my laundry free of clutter (except for the usual pile of folded washing I have on this bench!).

Here are some photos I found via Pinterest to inspire me…







Then I thought maybe a lovely shelf with leather straps could work? This way, if I do decide the shelf isn’t working (and want overheard cupboards down the track), I can easily remove it.


Then I need to decide would I put the shelf all the way to the ends – or just float it in the middle? Or even have 2 shelves? We could re-tile that area too if needed. Decisions!

Anyway, food for thought! Which option do you think I should go with? ♥ KC.


  • Casey Paton

    I think a timber feature shelf the whole way along would look great.

  • Tracy Scott

    You would feel so sorry for me if you saw my laundry, super tiny and not practical at all, but our budget looks like my laundry will stay that way for a very long time! Not nice with three daughters aaarrrhhhh lol 🙂

  • Mandi Jenyns

    I like the long floating shelves in a natural wood or white, and you could do a colourful backsplash in like a sea green/blue to being in some colours…or any colour really and use that colour as the base for your little pieces on the shelves. Also how do you NOT have a dryer with all the laundry you must be doing for all your boys!!!?

  • Cassandra Holm

    2x Shelves across full wall! Love your straps idea too ????

  • Kristy

    I think the shelf idea is fab! I love the Pinterest inspo’ with the tiles to the ceiling- looks great but, money?! We’re about to redo ours and I need help too!

  • Lisa Harrison

    Agree, timber shelf/shelves. Maybe 2 half the length. That would allow for a beautiful print. I’d put a variety of white pots with greenery on the shelves ????
    Good luck!! (Bunnings have timber sheets 32mm x 2200?, great value. They look great raw or treated.)

  • Katrina Messervy

    Perhaps clad the wall with timber / timber look low profile floor planks, then add a long shelf or two and stain with black japan. That would certainly make any greenery, copper, glass or jute products POP! Industrial chic ????

  • Eloisa 'Ely' Glen

    For something cheap and temporary that new huge canvas at Kmart would look great in this space 🙂

  • Sandy Hunt

    I could send you my laundry pic, I have lovely overheads, nice feature. Want to see?

  • Peta Cameron

    I installed the algot system from IKEA in our current laundry, overhead drying racks and a hanging rail is so useful for drying work and school uniforms. We’re building a new home with very similar space and colours to your home, the Algot won’t suit our space but I’m arranging with our cabinet maker to have the same functionality created, with icy cold winters and scorching hot summers it’s been a god send. I’m looking forward to seeing what you decide before I finalise my plans ????

  • Sum

    love it! keep us posted on what you end up doing. Love Peta’s tip too about the drying racks. We too have freezing winters and boiling summers and getting clothes dry in the winter is a nightmare. I am in the process of designing a house to build and I have placed the laundry on the northern side of the house to get the winter sun so we can hang clothes in there to dry. I will also install a fan for some air movement to help as well. I will check out the ikea system you mentioned too Peta. Thanks!

  • Justine Arrow

    Following – I am the exact same issue!

  • Kerryn Woods

    I have a blank wall on one side of my laundry and because I’ve never quite figured out what I want there, it’s become the de facto home for piles of “stuff”. It’s been seven years; time to get it sorted!

  • Melanie Pollock

    I would put a hanging rail under the shelf so you can dry items inside

  • Amy Douglas

    Overhead cupboards and a small rail above the sink. Open shelves look beautiful but waste valuable storage space. I’ve always viewed a laundry as a working room so I’ve never been to fussed about styling it.

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