Coming up with laundry room storage ideas can be quite tricky when you live in a home with a very small laundry room. I was tired of not having room to store my laundry detergent and other item causing my laundry room to constantly look cluttered and messy.
It was time for me to get creative with coming up with some storage solutions for our small non- functional laundry room. In this post, I’m going to share with you how I was able to build a laundry storage cart on wheels in a few hours that I store next to my washing machine allowing me to finally have storage for all of my laundry room essentials.
As I work my way project through project through my home I find myself thinking outside the box to create more storage for my family’s needs. Just a few weeks ago I completely updated our small bathroom and really had to come up with ways to store items.
Now that I’ve got my sights on our small laundry room, it’s important to make the room more functional plus giving this room a beautiful farmhouse feel. Our laundry room has cabinets above the washer and the dryer. The only problem is, they’re so far up, I have a hard time reaching anything that is placed in the cabinets.
So instead of using the cabinets, we ended up placing all of the laundry soap, dryer sheets, and anything else on top of the washer and dryer.
I hated to walk by our laundry room because it looked so cluttered, I hated it.
How to add more storage to your laundry room?
I think that it’s important to think outside the box when it comes to adding more storage. One thing that I noticed about our laundry room was that we had about a 12-inch gap of unused space.
This gap, I felt, was the perfect spot to create a laundry storage cart that could hold all of the items that were hanging out on top of the washer and dryer.
The supplies you’ll need:
- 1 1/2″ finishing nails
- Saw (hand or miter and jig)
- Tape measure
- Eyes and ears safety equipment
- 2’x4′ 1/2″ plywood
- 4 wheels
- Washers and screws
- Cupboard hardware
- White paint
- Kreg jig
- 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
- Wood glue
Build storage between the washer and dryer
I do have you covered. I created a complete workbook with the supply list, cut list, and step by step instructions. You can download and print that out for yourself by clicking the button below.
Start out by making all necessary cuts.
I knew that I only had 12″ to work with so I created this cart to be 11″ wide. This gave me about 1/2″ on each side.
I also knew that I was going to be building a table to go over the washer and dryer (that post will be coming soon) so I knew I could only go so high. I needed to keep the height of the wheels in mind too when planning out the dimensions.
Once all of the necessary cuts were made it was time to add the pocket holes. I like to drill all of the holes at once so then I just get to assemble without having to take a break to drill more holes.
I find this saves time because I’m not having to switch out the drill attachments.
Now that I’ve attached the front and back to the top and bottom I need to add the middle shelf. I knew that I was going to be storing our fold-up step stool on the bottom shelf so I measured to make sure there was enough room.
I made sure it was level and then secured it into place with some wood glue and pocket hole screws.
Once that was complete it was time to attach the side 1×3’s this was so things wouldn’t fall off the side. I attached these with 1 1/2″ finishing nails.
Now it was time to attach the wheels. I recommend using nuts and screws so the wheels are completely secure.
I chose to not get wheels that went in every direction since I knew that the cart would only be pulled out and back in. This was a little cheaper and I thought made it easier for the cart to stay in place.
Once the wheels were in place it was time to give this storage cart a really good sanding. I didn’t want any splinters or super rough edges so I grabbed my electric sander and sanded down the entire cart.
Finally it was time to paint. I chose to paint the cart white.
I allowed the paint to dry for about 2 hours then I attached the hardware. This made it easy to pull the cart in and out of its space. I measured down a little further so I would cause the cart to fall forward when I pulled it out.
Make sure to drill pilot holes before attaching the hardware. This makes the process so much easier.
Once the hardware was in, I was able to add all of our laundry essentials to the cart freeing up the top of the washer and dryer.
Stay tuned because I’m going to be sharing the entire laundry room remodeling project over a few different blog posts.
I’m so thrilled that I built this laundry storage cart. This cart allows me to utilize space that was just wasted before. I was able to remove some of the clutter allowing our laundry room to look a lot more organized.
The great thing about this laundry storage cart on wheels is it’s completely customizable to fit your laundry room storage needs. If you have more or less than 12″ you can adjust the dimensions to fit your needs.
What do you think? Is this something you’d like to create for your laundry room? I created a full workbook with all of the measurements, supply list, and step by step instructions that you can print off allowing you to build this yourself.
Have an amazing day,