No more getting on your knees and rummaging at the back of base cabinets. Slide-out shelves make it easy to see and reach stored items.
-- sometimes called slide-out shelves (or trays) -- glide along tracks to make it easy for you to see and reach whatever you have stored, especially larger items. In my own kitchen, we use pull-out shelves to store two Dutch ovens and their lids, a lobster pot, and various skillets. I installed the pull-outs myself, and I'm planning to add more in my closets to store sweaters. It's a fun and relatively easy weekend project.
Pull-out shelves are available at home improvement stores in solid wood
, plywood, wire
, or a combination of materials; kits usually come with all the mounting hardware you'll need, plus assembly instructions. Avoid products made of particleboard (although an MDF
is perfectly fine).
Unlike fixed shelves, pull-outs don't require fancy cabinet fronts, drawer fronts or pulls. The four sides are normally short (2 to 3 inches high), but they're available with taller sides, too, for corralling bulky items.
The shelves should be exactly 1 inch narrower and an inch less in depth than the cabinet opening. Of course, if you're installing more than one pull-out, the vertical space between the shelves can be adjusted to suit your needs. (Note that If you build your own custom shelves
, you'll need several additional hours as well as a table saw
-- Corded or cordless drill
with assorted bits
-- Measuring tape
-- Torpedo level
-- Readymade shelving kit
(hardware should be included)
-- Stain to match cabinets