Your kitchen may appear to be a well-kept area at first glance.
The shine of the counters can be seen from the living room, and there are no dirty dishes in the sink. But, what about the organization of everything under the kitchen sink?
This is one of the hardest areas of the whole house to conquer!
Between random cleaning supplies and various plastic bags, the clutter piles up fast. Get this mess under control before it happens with the help of storage shelves.
Shelves for your kitchen cabinets are easy to make and well worth the elbow grease.
Here are a few ways to customize your cabinets with this tool.
1. Good Old-Fashioned Handywork
To make your own storage shelves from scratch, you’re going to have to roll up your sleeves a bit.
First, take everything out from under the kitchen sink. Decide which cleaning supplies and other materials you want to keep, and which to toss.
Then, give the space a quick wipe down and measure the space you have to work with.
Consider the kind of shelves you want to make, too.
You may want one large shelf going all the way across, a few different bins, or even pull-out trays. Each will require a different DIY process.
The basic things to consider, though, are as follows:
You can’t make anything without the right tools. Make sure you have all of these things below before you start your project.
- one large piece of hardwood
- a circular saw or sliding compound saw
- safety goggles and work gloves
- measuring tape
- a pencil
- pocket-hole jig
- bit driver and drill
These all have a role in creating the storage space you’ve been dreaming of.
Measuring and Planning
Once you’ve measured the space under the sink, use the dimensions to think of a plan.
Measure each side of the shelves/trays/bins you want to make to fit the cabinet. Leave enough space between each piece to be able to saw through the plywood.
Then, start cutting out the parts one by one.
Putting Everything Together
When all your pieces are ready to go, assemble the vision you have in mind.
A set of shelves will be the easiest. You may even be able to make this happen with wood glue instead of drills and screws!
The next easiest would be the bins. These are like shelves, but usually a bit wider or taller, depending on the shape of your cabinet. Also, these have a wooden base.
Trays under the sink are like shelves and bins put together.
They can stack like shelves and tend to be open like bins. These are usually the hardest to make, though, because of the tools needed to make the trays pull in and out.
If any of these options are sounding like a bit more work than you bargained for, don’t worry.
You can create DIY storage shelves from everyday items instead of having to start with hardwood.
2. Stacking Plastic Bins
The easiest way to transform your kitchen sink storage is with the use of plastic bins.
Remember the ones your teachers used to have in school? You can purchase these at pretty much any supercenter or home good store. The bins at these locations will often be a bit nicer, too.
Try to get a set of bins of the same kind. This will make it easy as can be to stack them high or to set them up right next to each other.
The arrangement is up to you!
3. Using Racks and Storage Shelves
As great as bins are, they may not work well for the bigger, bulky items you keep under the sink.
Try setting up racks and hanging storage shelves instead.
You can use leftover wood from your handyman project to create shelves on the inside of the cabinet doors. There are also many racks and shelves of all shapes and sizes available for purchase.
Some will be small bins that stay on your cabinet door with the help of hooks or adhesives. Others will hang over the inside of your door, similar to how a closet organizer would.
4. Hang and Hook Everything
Speaking of hooks, don’t be afraid to use only these and no storage shelves at all.
The concept might sound a bit far-fetched, but it creates amazing results.
Think about it: most of the cleaning supplies you use have spray triggers. These jut out from the bottle so you can pull back on them to release the liquids inside.
But, triggers can also hang on rods. The space between where you pull back and the bottle is more than enough room to balance a cleaner.
Consider installing one small rod from one end of the inside of your kitchen cabinet to the other. Then, hang all the cleaners up, fold rags and towels underneath them, and voila!
Your kitchen transformation is as easy as can be.
Are there pipes from the sink that might get in the way, though?
Not a problem, take this trigger-hanging idea and make it work on the inside of your cabinet doors. You can do this by installing smaller rods, similar to how a shelf would go.
Hang the cleaners from each rod and you are all set.
If you happen to have more cleaning products than you think, try to create enough room for two rods on either door. If you still need more space, it might be time to get rid of a few cleaning products.
Transform the Space Under Your Kitchen Sink
No matter if you have twenty cleaning products or two bottles you use for everything, the space under your kitchen sink likely needs a little love.
Use it to your best advantage with the help of storage shelves!
Make them from scratch or get creative with everyday items. At the end of the day, it’s about what works best for you, regardless of the materials you use.
But, there are some things in your kitchen you can’t compromise.
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