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Laundry Shelf Unit from Stud 2×4’s | Killer b. Designs



Laundry Shelf Unit from Stud 2×4’s



The last laundry project I posted left an awkward gap between the washer/dryer and the freezer with a hideous litterbox in full view.



We have a long-term goal for the laundry room, but for now I needed something there to hide that litterbox and give me a bit of storage for soaps and scentsy waxes.




In an effort to save money and use what I had on hand, this entire small shelf unit is built out of old 2×4 studs. I put together a quick tutorial in case you’re looking for something similar, and it would actually be a very pretty unit with nicer (and straighter) boards as well as some stain.

Supply List:
• 4 – 2x4x8 (or 5 2x4x8 with one 2×4 ripped in half lengthwise to make the 2×2’s)
• 3 – 2x2x8

Cut LIst:
• 6 – 2×4 @ 31″
• 5 – 2×4 @ 29″
• 4 – 2×2 @ 17.5″
• 4 – 2×2 @ 29″


Step 1



I started by making two legs out of 2×4’s ripped in half to make 2×2’s. I used the kreg jig to attach one 17.5″ brace to the 29″ legs at the top, then another at 14″ up from the bottom.


Step 2



Next I attached the two end 29″ 2×4’s to the braces with 2″ countersunk screws.  Use two screws and glue on each end of every board for added stability.


Step 3



Then I filled in the gap with my 3 remaining 2×4’s to make the lower shelf.


Step 4

laundry-shelf-step4I used the same method for the top, except I measured the halfway point of the top leg and placed a 2×4 on either side of that so the middle seam lined up with the center of the shelf unit. Glue and screws finished the job, and I added a couple of L brackets to it just for extra security as I have a feeling there will be kids crawling on it at some point.

To finish it off, I sanded the whole thing with 150 grit followed by 200 grit sandpaper, then gave it three coats of semi-gloss white latex paint.



This little shelf finishes off “Phase 1” of our laundry room. Sometime in the future we plan to convert the swinging door into a pocket door so we can move the chest freezer over onto the opposite wall and build a really pretty cabinet with a countertop for folding clothes. I’m also planning to gussy up the rolling drawers into actual drawers and making nicer fronts for them. In my dream world I’d extend the countertop over the washer and dryer in the “waterfall” style that’s so popular right now.



Ah, hindsight is always 20/20 right? this would have been much more functional with a pocket door, to keep closed only when the clothes are being cleaned. Then we can have a nice space for the freezer and maybe some hanging hooks, possibly even a shoe rack. But that will be much later when we feel up to the dirty work of a door conversion. Right now, I”m good with my shelf!




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  1. Christine

    I like your shelf! I, too, have wood coming out of my ears. Can’t pass it by at the reuse centers.

    I wanted to give you an “Oh, yes!” on pocket doors. I’m rebuilding from a fire and did my entire house (other than the front door) in pocket doors. You gain 9 sq ft in a room. My laundry room has 2 doors, so….!

    There’s a company called Johnson Hardware that makes the track. You can order it to any size. I got my doors from the reuse center, so they’re way antique. I have 15 doors, which include 2 French pocket doors. Too cool. I’m stripping them right now. I’m on #4. They will add so much character!

    You can also build a pocket door on the wall vs. in the wall. I happen to have 6″ walls, which is perfect for pockets. Normal walls are 4″, so you’d need to either rebuild the wall or make a pocket On the wall. I did that for my garage enterance.
    Boy was that pulling teeth to the unimaginative carpenter I had. But that’s another rant.

    Anyway, I am so glad every day I did this.
    And now I have a great shelf idea. Gotta fit in 2 litter boxes, though. In THAT room!

    1. Brooke

      Thanks so much for leaving this comment, it’s so helpful! I didn’t even think of making my own pocket by building out the wall, or even just doing another barn style door. Thank you again for all your great suggestions

      1. Christine

        It’s really nice to be able to offer you something you hadn’t (yet) thought of! I’ve gotten so many ideas of your blog.
        I look forward to seeing what you end up with.

  2. kjpaints

    I love your little shelf. Brilliant use of space and resources.

  3. Linda

    Another idea for your door problem. Can you take if off and re-install it flipped around, so it opens out instead of in? I did this with a bathroom door and it makes all the limited space in the bathroom usable. I was amazed at how easy it was. Just take off the whole frame and then put it back on reversed.

    1. Brooke

      We definitely could, my only concern is that the hallway is so narrow and we typically leave that door open unless the laundry is running since we enter through the garage. It’s always something we could try out though!

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