How to Install Cabinets in a Laundry Room


Adding functional storage to your laundry room makes laundry chores a bit more convenient. Cabinets located above and/or next to your washer and dryer help keep the area organized and tidy. Floor cabinets also provide work space for sorting and folding clothes. Installing cabinets is not a complicated task if you have the proper measurements, work with a level and keep the right tools handy.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Wall stud finder
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Measure the width and height of the wall space above or next to the washer and dryer. Factor in the room you need to lift the top of the washing machine, if you have a top-loaded model. Match these measurements with a pre-made wall cabinet unit that matches the décor of your laundry room. Purchase cabinetry from a home improvement or builders' supply store.

  • Measure the floor space next to the washer and dryer. Match these measurements with floor cabinetry that also coordinates with the décor of your laundry room. Floor cabinetry offers additional storage space for laundry supplies, laundry baskets and other household cleaning items. Floor cabinetry also offers the convenience of work surface space for sorting and folding laundry.

  • Mark the height clearance of the space between the washer and dryer units and the wall cabinets on the wall. This will be the line to match up the bottom edge of the cabinet.

  • Locate the wall studs with a stud finder. Mark them with a pencil below the height clearance line so that you can see their locations once you position the cabinet on the wall.

  • Position the wall cabinetry on the wall, centered over the washer and dryer. Have two people hold the cabinet at both ends as you level the unit.

  • Screw the laundry room cabinet to the wall. Line up the screws with the stud marks and use a drill to attach the cabinet to the wall. Insert screws at the top and bottom of the inside of the cabinet unit. By screwing into the wall studs, there is no need for wall anchors.

  • Assemble the shelves and the doors. Insert the shelves into the cabinet, and screw on the cabinet doors if they were not pre-assembled.

  • Line up the floor cabinetry to the washer and dryer units. If there is enough space, you can install cabinetry on both sides.

  • Check that the laundry cabinet units are level. Use a level and shims to set the cabinets level against the wall and the floor.

  • Screw the cabinets to the wall through the inside back wall of the units. Locate the wall studs, and screw the cabinets into them.

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