No matter what type of room or closet you have as a utility or laundry room, chances are good there’s room to build a shelf or two. Building a shelf is inexpensive too, and creating one made of a single piece of wood cut specifically to serve as a shelf is simple too:
1. Decide how long and wide you want the shelf to be, and purchase a piece of wood at the local home improvement center. Most have precut shelves that are laminated. Also purchase two or three L-brackets on which to mount the shelf.
2. Locate the studs in the wall using a stud finder or by using a small nail and hammer in a hidden area. If another shelf exists, use the studs for that shelf as a gauge.
3. Using a level, line up the L-brackets, mark where you wan to attach them, and mount them to the wall using screws long enough the securely hold the shelf.
4. Once the L-brackets are mounted, place the shelf on the brackets and attach them. You may also want to attach L-brackets to the top of the shelf for added support.
There are other shelving options too, including the popular wire shelving units. However, these are quite a bit more expensive, and much more time-consuming to install. If you just need a quick shelf, a precut piece of shelving and a few L-brackets are the easiest way to go.