Introduction: Laundry Room Cabinets. DIY.

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All too often, laundry rooms come with a single wire shelf. Get rid of it and fill the void with storage loving cabinets. It's easier than you think. These cabinets are built from wall to wall so you get to use every inch of space. I think I spent about $200.00 total (not including band-aids. See last step).

I also included a shelf above the appliances and a dowel to store clothes hangers just under the cabinets.

Step 1: How Deep Should Your Cabinets Be?

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Keep in mind what you want to put in your laundry room cabinets. At my house we keep all our activity stuff. This includes board games, swim gear, and blankets for the grass at the park. Of course, there is also cleaning supplies and other household items like light bulbs.

I made my cabinets 13" deep. You'll see that I bought plywood typically used for flooring. It's ugly but it was only $15 a sheet. Nice plywood can cost as much as $50 a sheet. Don't worry you won't see it when complete.

You might also be able to get the sheets cut where you bought them. At this point, I ripped a 2x4 into 1" strips. These strips will be the main supports for the cabinets.

Step 2: Support Strips

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After you decide how many shelves you want, you have to find the studs in the wall. My favorite way to do this is with neodymium magnets. Trace a magnet over the wall and search for the head of a screw. When the magnet sticks you know you have found a stud (since the screw is in the stud).

Screw on a strip with one screw and make sure it's level. Once level, add screws to the other stud points.

Step 3: Fit Your Shelves.

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Not all walls are square. As you can see in the second picture, when I place my square in the corner I have about a 1/4" gap at the front of the right side. The left side was good. All I did was add that much more to the front edge when I marked the cut line. It fit great.

Now that all the shelves are fitted, it's time to cover up the compressed wood. Use adhesive shelving liner here. You can buy this in rolls at your home improvement store. I like to start the section at one end and then pull the adhesive protecting paper out from under it. As the paper is removed the liner sticks to the shelf. This keeps the liner flat which keeps out unwanted bubbles.

Step 4: Time for the Face Frame.

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Since my opening was so big I ended up using 5 pieces of wood for the face frame. Four for the sides and one for the middle. I like to use pocket screws to keep the joints together.

When the frame is in place I simply nail it to the edge of the shelves. This is fine because I'm going to paint it. If you want to stain the cabinets, pocket screw the face frame to the shelves.

Cover up the gaps around the edges with molding. I used my router to make my own. Cut a section of crown molding for the top.

Step 5: Making the Doors.

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This is just one way to make a cabinet door. I used the same pocket hole method. The only difference is that I cut slots in each wood piece so that I could slide in a panel. I used wainscoting to make the doors look fancy.

To help hang the doors I cut a 1" piece of wood for a spacer and placed it on the the lower molding. The doors sat on the spacer while I screwed in the doors. Lastly I installed handles.

With everything lined up, I took it apart and painted it. All the seams with the walls were caulked before painting.

Step 6: Extras. DON'T BE STUPID.

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I added a shelf just above the appliances and a place to store clothes hangers just under the cabinets. It really helps out, especially when folding clothes.

Now, DON'T BE STUPID. I made another set of cabinets for my bathroom (Check them out in the 4th picture!). These cabinets did not need to be as deep. So.... I took one of the left over ply wood pieces that was 8 feet long and ran it through my table saw. I was cutting 1" off the edge. Since this piece was so long, as I ran it through the saw it began to get heavy on the exit side. I put more pressure on the wood so that it would still contact the blade. When the last bit was cut, the 1" remnant fell to the ground as my left hand slip off of it. The tip of my finger went right into the blade. You can see the damage. And that was with the flap of skin pushed back over.

I should have had a secondary support and used a a push stick. The skin on my finger has healed but it still feels like there is an empty spot on the pad of my finger tip. Keep safety in mind and you won't have to add the cost of band-aids, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and Neosporin to this project.

Thanks for reading.


karenjo1966 (author)2017-05-18

Nice job! Now come build some for me! lol

JasonE53 made it! (author)2016-06-12

Thank you for this guide. Made this over a couple weekends.

JonP10 made it! (author)2016-04-21

This was a great Instructable, and they turned out fantastically!! I liked it so much I actually expanded the design to the rest of the laundry room and refinished the wall on the other side witht a custom coat rack and decorative wall framin with the Wainscott! THank you

Mrballeng (author)JonP102016-04-22

Great work! Thanks for posting pictures!

TedB15 (author)2015-10-17

For how straight-forward this project seems, the end result looks fantastic. Also, so functional! Love it!

OTP1 (author)2015-09-08

Thank you for sharing your accident, you probably have save many others. I was doing something similar the other day, I for certain, will now always push stick and support.

Great project, I too thought what and efficient use of materials, looks great. thansk for sharing

MahmoudTolba (author)2015-09-03

Good job and very nice idea to use this place yo build your closet

CassieM2 (author)2015-08-27

Very very nice. Do I have your permission to replicate your design? also what type of router bits did you use. thank you

lazydiyer (author)2015-08-27

Very nice. I had no idea it could be so easy(?) to build nice looking cabinets in place. I guess the doors and hinges are still a bit of work, but then again, aren't they always?

Anyway, nice job. And I'm definitely looking at a few places at home with new eyes.

BG_instructs (author)2015-08-26

Very nice , do you have some pics of how you aligned those hinges?

Have made cabinets myself at home, never used those hinges although i have seen them before. Can you adjust them in height, depth?

Mrballeng (author)BG_instructs2015-08-27

These particular hinges you can't adjust. I just use scrap pieces of wood to line them up.

TomV4 (author)2015-08-26

First, I'm glad your injury is healing. Careful there.

Now, Wow! I've never seen a face frame and doors added to simple cleat-supported shelves. That's brilliant, and economical. Why spend time and material to make a cabinet back and sides when the walls provide this? Outstanding work, sir.

Mrballeng (author)TomV42015-08-26

Thanks. I'm glad you like it.

DIYgiveaways (author)2015-08-26

They look awesome! Might end up doing this to our upstairs bathroom. Love the use of the magnet to find the studs.

Cherry James (author)2015-08-26

Good job. Thanks

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