DIY Storage in The Kitchen
Tiny kitchens can accommodate custom-made, pull out tables. When not in use the butcher-block or laminate top and 2 legs (on casters) slide into slots cut into the base cabinet. The top can be the same as the benchtop, and the legs and front edge of the table are finished to match the cabinets.
TABLE IN A DRAWER
Are you short of kitchen bench space? Can you sacrifice a drawer in exchange for a large extra work surface that can double as a table? If so, the har
dware you need to create your new work space is found through suppliers of kitchen cabinet hardware and equipment. A pair of massive metal drawer slides, holds a two part tabletop. Since one part of the top slides out from under the other automatically as the drawer is opened, you get an 800mm deep table sliding out of an ordinary 600mm deep drawer. Make the tabletop pieces out of laminated particleboard or other material that is 19mm thick or less; use the existing drawer front to cap the new tabletop.
ADD A SHELF UNDER THE SINK
If there isn’t one already, a slide in shelf made from 16mm melamine-faced particleboard is a good way to organise the space below a sink. Determine the height of the shelf and cut two side supports to that height. Cut the shelf 5mm shorter than the inside width of the cabinet. Attach the shelf to the side support with 25 mm nails and slide the unit into place.
SUSPENDED ‘STEMWARE’ (GLASSES)
Protect fragile wine glasses and make more space in your cupboards, by hanging them from an under-the-cabinet rack. Screw-on wire racks are available from storage shops.
Shops that specialise in storage systems and supplied, as well as ordinary home centres and hardware stores, offer a wide variety of space-saving cabinet accessories that put every corner of your kitchen cabinets to work. Most of these organisers can be installed in a few minutes and are relatively inexpensive. Go shopping in these places to get some ideas.
The Storage Shop
Howards Storage World
The Storage Online Shop
A DIFFERENT SLANT
For tinned food or drinks in bulk, there’s a handy shelving idea that automatically feeds tins towards the front each time you remove one. Using self-anchoring nylon clips and angled brackets, mount vinyl coated wire shelving upside down and at an angle so that the lip stick up in front to hold the cans in place.
INSIDE CUPBOARD DOOR WIRE RACKS
Put racking inside all your cupboard doors that allow a little more space. Great for small within easy reach but out of the way and not taking up shelf space.