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New bathroom/laundry shelving

Hi everyone, 

 

I'd like to install some shelving in my 'laundry', similar to the example pictured below. 

 

My 'laundry' is an insert within my bathroom, with a relatively thin wall on the left, tiles behind it, and from what I can tell - a thin wall + plaster on the right. I'd love some advice on if it's possible to use a design similar to the one below without creating any visible holes on the left-hand wall specifically. 

 

- Is there a certain length screw / specialty attachment I can use to achieve this? 

- Is there anything I should consider for the rear wall? (I'm not fussed about drilling into the tiles behind if required) 

Example shelving design: 

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My bathroom/laundry: 

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Left wall: 

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Rear/centre wall: 

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Right wall: 

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Re: Bathroom/Laundry Shelving Advice

Hi @DoSimpleBetter,

 

To achieve a similar look I would advise using 42 x 19mm Dressed Pine as the supports.

 

You'll need a screw that is less than 35mm. The timber is 19mm thick and the cupboard appears to be around 16mm thick. I'd recommend screws around 30mm and Zenith 6G x 30mm Zinc Plated Hinge-Long Thread Countersunk Head Timber Screws would be suitable. You might like to also run a bead of Selleys Ezi-press 130g Liquid Nails and stick the timber to the cupboard as there is not a lot of material for the screws to fix into.

 

Alternatively, you could drill into the panels and fix shelf supports which is the more traditional way of installing shelves in laminate cupboards.

 

Please let me know if you need further assistance or had other questions.

 

Mitchell

 

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Re: Bathroom/Laundry Shelving Advice

Thanks Mitchell, I appreciate you taking the time to respond. 

 

Do you have a recommendation for the timber I should use as the shelf itself? I'd like to go a bit thicker than what was used in the example I shared - I need to span a width of 665mm and a depth of aprox. 400mm. 

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Re: Bathroom/Laundry Shelving Advice

Hi @DoSimpleBetter,

 

The product pictured is Plywood. I'd recommend going for at least a 12mm thick Plywood for that size shelf. You could also use Custom pine laminated shelving for the project. Either of these products can be cut to size in store if you take your measurements with you.

 

 

Mitchell

 

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Re: Bathroom/Laundry Shelving Advice

Thanks @MitchellMc for the great advice! I completed the project over the weekend and I'm really pleased with the results. 

 

I took Mitchell's advice and went with the 42x19mm Dressed Pine and Zenith 30mm screws, as well as Liquid Nails for extra strength - this worked perfectly. My initial concern with the project was the risk of poking through the left hand wall - but with the correct screw length this wasn't an issue. 

 

I originally considered CustomPine Melamine for the shelving, but eventually opted for pine utility panels, as I wanted to compliment the timber accents throughout my apartment and bathroom. 

 

I stained the shelves and supports walnut, which was a perfect match for the rest of the timber in my apartment, and also coated them in polyurethane for added protection. 

 

I put a lot of consideration into the height of the shelves to maximise the space - the lowest gap allows space for a laundry basket, the first shelf is just tall enough for large detergent bottles, the second and third shelves are a perfect height for a stack of towels, which the gap at the top allows just enough room to slide boxes/baskets in and out. Due to these specific heights, the lowest shelf needed to sit beneath the laundry taps. I cut a piece out of this shelf for the hose, access, and to allow for any drips etc. - I think that worked well. 

 

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Re: Bathroom/Laundry Shelving Advice

@DoSimpleBetter,

 

That looks wonderful! Great job making the decision to go with the utility panels instead of the melamine. Although the melamine is functional there is no way it would have come out looking as nice as this. I'm really glad that you didn't follow my product suggestion.

 

I also really like that you've taken the time to angle cut the ends of the supports and round over the corners. That stain colour was a fantastic choice as well.

 

You've really done an awesome job there and should be extremely proud of your efforts. What I had thought of as a project to simply put in some utility shelves, has ended up as a very aesthetically pleasing storage solution. Lining those screws up is just the icing on the cake for me.

 

Many thanks for sharing your results. I can't wait to see what the next project you share with the community is going to be.

 

Well done.

 

Mitchell

 

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