FTC Disclosure of Material Connection: In order for us to maintain this website, some of the links in the post below may be affiliate links. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and/or believe will add value to readers.

Download the Free Halloween Lunchbox Notes

So, I’ve been working hard lately trying to find everything a place…. a home where it remains…. it’s part of my “Get Organized” resolution.
Cheap Laundry Shelves

How to hang laundry room shelves CHEAP!

The laundry room has become the BLACK HOLE of this apartment!

laundry room
We are fortunate enough that our place came with a rather large laundry room for an apartment.  All the apartments I’ve ever lived in had the laundry room tucked into a small closet in the kitchen- so this is a nice change.  (Have I mentioned how ready I am to be back in a house! Patience, patience, patience…. it’s coming, I’m working on it- houses go rather quick up here).

Anyway, so we have this large laundry room with 1 shelf.  Yep, just one!  They splurge on giving you a large laundry room but nothing to make it useable.  Oh, I digress.  So, remember when I told you guys about this AWESOME store called the Habitat for Humanity Restore…. well, I have been addicted to going!
I found these large wood (their faux wood- the ones that come in pre-fab bookcases) shelves for just $2 each…. so I got 3.
IMG_0108
And, they even had the brackets for $1 each…. so I got 6 of those.

Now, I’m not a big fan of this laminate, particle board look… I am a fan of the extra storage space these babies are going to give me.  But, alas, as I told my husband…. I am a craft/DIY blogger and I’m not putting something up that I think is ugly…. so I beautified them!
covering shelves
I raided my fabric stash (oh, I know you’ve got one—we all do)… I think I paid like $1 a yard for this stuff!  And grabbed my glue gun….

You may also like:  Cable Knit Hurricane Lamps

Then I just secured the fabric with the glue…. think of it like wrapping a present but using fabric and glue instead of paper and tape….

Once covered and to my prettiness standard I was off to hang the brackets.

Now, usually I’m a slacker and I like to just line things up by site- I hate taking the time to measure and level and all that- but when dealing with shelving- you need to make sure you do all that tedious stuff!

IMG_0115IMG_0116
So, start out where you want your first shelf.  Use a stud finder to find the stud- you MUST anchor shelves into a stud or else they’re not going to do you much good! (I love this little baby that my husband bought me- it’s a stud finder and laser level in one!) Hold your bracket up to the wall where the stud is, take a pen and put a dot inside each hole.  Then drill a hole in each dot.

Next, you’ll want to hang your first bracket, so get some wood screws (yes, wood screws—you’re drilling into the stud so you need good screws so your shelf will stay up—I don’t know about you, but I load my shelves UP! Smile)  Take the screws and drill them through the holes in your bracket into the wall.
Now, you need to line up your next bracket.  Use your laser level to find where the next bracket needs to go so it’s even with your first bracket. And make sure there’s a stud there too!

You may also like:  What is a Habitat for Humanity Restore?

IMG_0119
Then just repeat the steps that you did for your first bracket.

Once you get all your brackets up you will need to secure your shelves to the brackets.  I took little wood screws about 1/2 inch long and drilled them through the holes in the brackets through the shelf.  You don’t want your screws to be longer than the thickness of your shelf because you don’t want them to stick out the other side… that’s why I use the tiny ones.

IMG_0121

And there you have it…. 3 heavy duty shelves for just $12!  Not bad for 4 bucks a piece!

I have some fun stuff coming with my laundry room makeover!  Make sure you follow along as I show you what all I accomplished with a $30 budget!

DIY BEST Laundry Detergent Ever
Organizing with Dollar Tree Baskets
Family Rules Decor

Bye for now! Where I Shop- (1)
Thrive Market - It's like the Costco of organics...this is where I get all of my sugar, flour, baking supplies, kids snacks, etc.
Zaycon Foods- This is where I buy most of my meat products in bulk.  The quality is amazing and the prices just can't be beat!  I mean, $1.89 a pound for boneless all-natural chicken breasts!!  It is bulk but you can always split with a friend or make up a bunch of freezer meals like I do!
You may also like:  Yard Sale Finds Before and After: Shell Vase
Melissa Llado
Melissa is a busy mom trying to survive the preschool years. She loves a good Pinot Grigio and cuddling up on the couch for the latest super hero movie. Her kids enjoy getting in the kitchen and helping make a mess trying new recipes! Even though she's constantly creating new and delicious treats she usually winds up buying grocery store treats when it's time for her to take snacks for school-- at all of the teachers' dismay.
Melissa Llado
Melissa Llado

Latest posts by Melissa Llado (see all)

89 Shares
Pin69
Tweet20
Share
+1