How to install laundry room cabinets and ideas for hanging them overhead in a small laundry room.
We have been working diligently the last few months on the laundry room makeover and I am so happy to give the entire reveal today! We have a tee-tiny laundry room. I actually think some closets are bigger. I was hiding out in the broom closet just to get some of the pictures. If you notice some odd bends in the shelves and such, it is from the wide angle camera lens and not really bent.
Anyways, let’s go to the “Before”: This is the condition in which we purchased the house.
Tools Needed for laundry room cabinet installation
- Cabinet – You can install any size cabinet with this method. We used a white stock 30 inch cabinet found here.
- large level
- Drill and Screws
- Studfinder – optional if you know how to find studs by thumping
- A straight 2×4 to use as a ledger board
- clamps – if hanging multiple cabinets
Step One: Measure and Mark the Wall
Use a stud finder to locate the wall studs. The wall studs are crucial to properly support the weight of the cabinets.
Measure the height and width of the cabinets and mark their placement on the wall. I recommend having at least two studs to bear the weight of a larger or multiple cabinets.
Draw a level horizontal line across the wall where the bottom of the cabinet will sit. The line should be a true level. On this line, mark the studs so you can see the marks when the cabinet is hung.
Note: Pay careful attention to the position of all electrical wiring and plumbing.
Step 2: Put Up A Ledger Board (Recommended, Not Required)
A ledger board can make it easier to hang a cabinet level. Basically, it is just a board that the cabinet sits on to hold the weight while you level and attach it to the wall. Screw the board into marked studs and is leveled for the cabinet to sit on.
The benefit of a ledger board is that you have something to support the weight of the cabinet and is level. If hanging cabinets by yourself (which I don’t recommend), or if the weight is a lot to handle, a ledger board is essential.
The negative of using a ledger board is that you remove it after the cabinet is installed and have to patch and paint the holes you made.
Step 3: Hanging Multiple Laundry Room Cabinets
If hanging multiple cabinets, screw 2 or 3 cabinets together before attaching them on the wall. To do this, clamp the cabinets together how you want them to match up and secure with screws where the cabinets meet.
Step 4: Hang the laundry wall cabinets
Lift the cabinets onto the ledger board and check for plumb and level. Shim the cabinets if necessary to make them level front to back.
Once you have shimmed for plumb and level, secure the cabinets into the wall at the studs.
Check for plumb and level while you’re securing the cabinets. Repeat this process for all of the wall cabinets.
Step 5: Gaps Between Wall and Last Cabinet
If a gap exists between wall and the last cabinet, use a filler bar (supplied by the manufacturer) to enclose the gap. Before securing the last cabinet, measure, mark, cut and secure this piece to the side of the last cabinet.
After all the cabinets are in place, attach the doors and hardware. Remove the ledger board and patch and paint the wall if necessary.
Adding Laundry Room Shelves
You can also add shelves very easily on the sides of the cabinet. In our laundry room, the open shelves on either side make the room feel a little bigger and give options for a decorative touch. The shelves are supported by a small piece of trim that acts like a permanent ledger board. All of the shelves were cut from some melamine sheets for shelving.
The shelf above the washer and dryer is also added using this method and a center support. This smaller shelf is great since it hides cords and gives a cleaner look. It easily comes out in case we need to work behind the washer and dryer.
Laundry Room Makeover Materials and Cost
- Cabinet and trim molding – $120
- Shelves – $40
- Organizer between washer and dryer – $56 (LOVE THIS!)
- Platform – free (scrap wood)
- Baskets – $26
- Paint – free (leftover from my son’s room and the kitchen)
- Accessories and artwork – $35 (most are either made by me or re-purposed from around the house)
Total – $277 !!!
Well, it was a HUGE CHANGE! Now that the function was completely what I wanted, we added
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