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Many people know that the custom sliding shelf is a great addition to your kitchen cabinets or pantry. Sliding shelves make getting items from the back of your cabinet easier, increase accessibility, and help organize your kitchen. However, you may not know that sliding shelves are the perfect organizational solution throughout your entire home! In this article, we’ll take a look at the hidden uses of custom sliding shelves. To learn more about these great organizational additions, contact the experts at DIY Shelfworks today!  → Read more

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There are many reasons why people love do-it-yourself projects – the customization, the experience, and of course, the final product! A DIY shelf project is a great way to get crafty and end up with a product that will help you organize your house. In this article, we’ve included 5 great DIY shelf ideas that range in style, function, and skill required to build – so no matter what your DIY experience is, there will be something for you! If you would like to learn more about DIY organizing, contact the experts at DIY Shelfworks today!

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Rolling shelves, also called pull out shelves or sliding shelves, are an easy and convenient way to get more storage space in your kitchen. Once you install new rolling shelves into your pantry or cabinets, you won’t ever want to go back! This article outlines why the rolling shelf is the ultimate kitchen storage hack, and how it will change your life! To learn even more about the pull out shelf and organizing your kitchen, contact the experts at DIY Shelfworks now!

 

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Rolling Shelves: An Overview

When you install your new rolling shelves, you will find your kitchen completely transformed. Rolling shelves make everyday kitchen tasks, such as getting ingredients, finding spices, or grabbing your kid’s favourite snack so much easier. There are tons of benefits when you install roll out shelves. Here are some ways that rolling shelves will change your life!

 

Increased Storage Space

Sliding shelves give you 100% accessible storage space. The average cabinet or pantry may give you 75% – if you’re lucky! You can maximize your storage capacity by being able to use every last inch of your cabinet – even the very back corners where you normally can’t easily reach.

Greater Kitchen Organization

Your cupboards will be so much more organized because you can neatly and easily place every item away in its proper place. You won’t have to worry about knocking over other items, or playing a game of Tetris every time you put away your groceries.

 

Customer Before & After Photo of installed DIY Sliding Shelves

 

Saves You Time – And Money

Your cooking and tidying up time will be greatly reduced because you will be able to see everything at a quick glance instead of having to blindly reach into a dark cupboard fruitlessly searching for the particular spice or pan that you need. You also won’t ever buy items you already have but completely forgot about!

Saves Your Back and Knees

Unlike regular shelves, rolling shelves come to you. With the pull out shelf, you will never again have to get down on your hands and knees or strain your back just trying to grab an item or ingredient from the very back of your cabinet or pantry.

Greater Independence

Rolling shelves can help you get your independence back. If you have mobility issues, then pull out shelves will mean that you will have the freedom to get what you need without having to ask for assistance. Simply slide out your shelf and select what you need!

 

How To Maximize Storage With Your Rolling Shelves

Adding the rolling shelf to your kitchen is the perfect way to maximize your storage space. That’s because they come in a wide variety of styles and heights, perfect for storing a wide variety of options! At DIY Shelfworks, we create custom rolling shelves to fit perfectly in your cabinets or pantry – no matter what the size!

To get the most out of your sliding shelves, you will most likely want to get a few different heights. The depth of your rolling shelf will help determine what items are best stored inside. Keep in mind that these are just storage suggestions – one of the best things about sliding shelves is how easy they are to customize to fit your unique and specific needs!

 

3″ Deep Rolling Shelves

If you are looking for the best place to store flat items like plates or pans, these shallow 3″ deep rolling shelves are the perfect solution. They are also a great way to help you gain easier access to your small appliances, like toasters and toaster ovens.

 

 

 

5″ Deep Rolling Shelves

The 5″ deep rolling shelf is the middle-of-the-road height, and a staple for your kitchen. These shelves are perfect for storing all of your snacks, cooking ingredients, canned food, and other items you keep in your pantry. The depth is ideal for your pantry as it is deep enough to stop food from falling out, but not so deep as to make it necessary for you to stack your pantry items in multiple layers.

 

 

 

7″ Deep Rolling Shelves

These 7″ deep rolling shelves are a great choice for organizing some of the harder-to-store items you have in your pantry. With added dividers, this 7″ shelf becomes the perfect spice rack or space for your tall cooking ingredients, like oils, seasonings, and vinaigrettes. You can also easily store difficult and awkward items, such as pans and trays, on their side! If you choose to skip the dividers, this deep shelf may be the perfect place to make your coffee maker, juicer, and other small but tall appliances more easily accessible.

 

 

Where To Install Rolling Shelves

One of the biggest reasons you will love your new sliding shelves is because you can install them almost anywhere in your kitchen (and your home – click here to learn about 15 unexpected uses for your home!) The only place you won’t be able to install them is in existing drawers that already pull out. Just within the kitchen, the opportunities are nearly endless.

 

Different sliding shelves from Glidingshelf.ca

Sliding shelves for under your sink

Under the sink is an often-forgotten space; a place of disorganization and frustration. Grabbing cleaning products from the back often means reaching over garbage cans or compost bins. It’s not a surprise if you knock over a few items before finally making it to the back! Rolling shelves help your under-sink space become an organized haven! Now cleaning is made even easier with sliding shelves.

 

Install in your pantry – or create a new one

Sliding shelves are great for installing in your existing pantry. However, with the magic of these products, you can actually create a pantry anywhere! Sliding shelves are stackable – as you can see in the third image above. With a bit of creativity, you can make your own fully-accessible pantry with just a few shelves.

 

Add to existing furniture

You don’t have to install your sliding shelves just in your cabinets or pantries. Why not add them to your china cabinet, kitchen hutch, or other storage space?

 

How To Install Rolling Shelves

You will love your new sliding shelves not only because they are easy to use, but they are also easy to install. You don’t have to be the consummate handy-person in order to install these shelves. Check out the video below to learn a bit more about installing shelves into a base cabinet or full upper shelf.

 

 If you are still not sure about installing your own shelves, check out our How-To page, or send us an email and we’ll be happy to help you out!

 

Get DIY Rolling Shelves To Help Organize Your Kitchen!

Installing sliding shelves will give you some great ways to increase your kitchen cabinet storage and get you organized. They brilliantly hide everything away and allow you to view every item inside, even those at the very back, quickly and easily. DIY Shelfworks will custom make your very own gliding shelves to perfectly fit into your existing cupboards.

Our high-quality rolling shelves are 100% Canadian made and will be delivered to you in as little as two to three weeks through Canada Post. You can choose from either our premium 9-ply Baltic Birch or our more economical melamine shelves. They come in 3 shelf heights: 3″, 5″, or 7,” and have a limited lifetime warranty. Place your order today and get your kitchen cupboards organized like never before.

“Thanks Ryan…Looking forward to getting more drawers in our bathroom. They are wonderful. I no longer dread having to get down on the floor looking for pots and pans in the cupboards.”– Patience, A DIY Customer!

 

 

 

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As the old saying goes, “the kitchen is the heart of the home,” but for many, it really doesn’t feel that way! Kitchens are not always the most functional, but some items such as the pull out shelf, tip-out trays, and extra storage can help you organize your life better. No matter what your kitchen layout looks like, there are many simple ideas that can help you get the organized kitchen of your dreams! We’ll take a look at 9 awesome organization hacks to help you get the most out of your kitchen. To learn more about pull out shelves and organizing your kitchen, contact the experts at DIY Shelfworks now!

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The Pull Out Shelf and 8 Other Kitchen Organization Hacks

These great kitchen organization hacks can help you take back your kitchen turn it into one that you truly love!

#1 The Pull Out Shelf

A recently installed DIY pull out shelf with dividers

 

The pull out shelf, also called the sliding shelf or gliding shelf, is one of the best ways to organize your kitchen. With pull out shelves, you won’t need to awkwardly bend down or reach deeply into your cabinets just to get your favourite snack, ingredient, or cooking accessory. Because of this, pull out shelves are a great solution for those with accessibility issues as well. The pull out shelf can be installed in any cabinet, even under your sink! Under sink cabinets are the perfect way to organize your kitchen cleaning tools and accessories.

With DIY custom made sliding shelves, organizing your items has never been easier. That’s because they extend all the way out of your cabinets, allowing you to have access to 100% of the space inside. You will no longer have to stack items, move items in and out, and reach all the way to the back just to access your food and items. You can also say goodbye to forgetting about food and accidentally letting it expire as it sits unnoticed in the back of your pantry! Learn how you can install your own sliding shelves here!

 

#2 – Under Sink Tip-Out Trays

Tip-out tray installed into older cabinets

You may be surprised to find that you have a tip-out tray installed right into your kitchen sink cabinet! These handy little trays are often found in older homes, and may even sit empty for months before new homeowners discover they exist! This is the perfect place to store your smaller cleaning items, like sponges, cloths, and scrubbers. If you love this idea but your kitchen doesn’t already have one, you can buy tip-out tray kits at many local hardware stores and install them yourself!

 

#3 – Create a Custom Paper Towel Drawer

A drawer converted into a paper towel holder Retrieved from: Makespace.com; Source: Houzz/TZS Design

One of the biggest issues you may find with your kitchen is the lack of counter space. A cluttered counter never looks good, and definitely doesn’t help you stay organized. If you are having trouble finding the perfect place for your paper towels or your extra rolls, why not convert a drawer into the perfect paper towel dispenser? This DIY idea not only allows you to dispense your paper towels away from your counter but also to keep your extra rolls handy when you need them!

 

#4 – Simple Stacked Shelves For Pots & Pans

Cost-effective metal wire racks to help organize pots and pans Image source: apartmenttherapy.com; Credit: Rachel Jacks

Organizing pots and pans may be one of the most difficult things you’ll do in your kitchen organization journey! Pots and pans often don’t fit well into regular cabinets or drawers, can fall over when not properly stored, and when stacked on top of each other, make it difficult to access the bottom ones.

However, this super simple, inexpensive kitchen hack will help change that! Instead of stacking your pots and pans right on top of each other, use an insertable shelf to give you double the storage space! This is also a great option for renters who may not be able to install permanent shelving solutions.

 

#5 – Use stools to display your favourite decor

Succulents displayed on kitchen stools

Whether or not you have a kitchen island, stools are a great way to add extra seating to your kitchen when friends and family visit. However, for most of us, we often find our stools sitting empty and collecting dust. If you have a stool or two sitting around your kitchen, you may want to make use of their space! When not in use, consider using your stools to display your favourite decor, like potted plants, candles, or seasonal decor.

This will help free up much-needed cabinet space without sacrificing your own personal style and flare. When your guests come to visit, simply move your favourite items from your stools to the counter, when you won’t be needing that extra space! Also a great idea for both homeowners and renters alike, as it’s simple, cost-effective, and requires zero construction!

 

#6 – Add Extra Storage On Wheels

An attractive storage unit on wheels Image source: homeadvisorhomesource.com

Smaller, narrow kitchens, like those found in many condos, often lack the additional cabinet space found in larger kitchens. This is no surprise, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating for those with smaller kitchens! This kitchen storage hack is an adorable way to add more storage space to your kitchen. It’s also a great way to keep some of your most-used items organized and easily accessible.

One of the best things about this tiered storage tray is that it is on wheels! This makes it easy to move around as necessary and keeps your items as easy-to-access as possible. Perfect for small kitchens everywhere – both homeowners and renters can enjoy this adorable storage unit!

 

#7 – Hidden Storage Toe-Kick Drawers 

Hidden toe-kick drawer to store small, flat items Image source: apartmenttherapy.com; Credit: Rachel Jacks

Another form of hidden storage similar to the tip-out trays, this toe-kick drawer is an excellent place to keep flat and hard-to-store items safe and organized. You may need to put a bit of work into installing this one, but it could very well be worth it! These drawers are completely invisible unless you know where they are. If you lack pantry or cabinet space, these little drawers may be the perfect solution for you. Learn how you can build your own toe-kick drawer here!

 

#9 – Make Use of Mason Jars to Creatively Store Small Items

Beautiful mason jars hung from under cabinet space Image retrieved from: cutediyprojects.com; Source: hgtv.com

Mason jars continue to be a popular household item, and we are still seeing many interesting and creative uses for them. If you have extra mason jars just sitting around, you can put them to use in your kitchen! Organize your small items like uncooked pasta, snacks, and even small kitchen accessories. You can hang your mason jars under your cabinets to get them off the counters and increase storage and counter space! Not only that, but mason jars are an airtight way to store food to help it last even longer.

 

Get DIY Pull Out Shelves To Help Organize Your Kitchen!

Installing pull out shelves will give you some great ways to increase your kitchen cabinet storage and get you organized. They brilliantly hide everything away and allow you to view every item inside, even those at the very back, quickly and easily. DIY Shelfworks will custom make your very own gliding shelves to perfectly fit into your existing cupboards.

Our high-quality rolling shelves are 100% Canadian made and will be delivered to you in as little as two to three weeks through Canada Post. You can choose from either our premium 9-ply Baltic Birch or our more economical melamine shelves. They come in 3 shelf heights: 3″, 5″, or 7,” and have a limited lifetime warranty. Place your order today and get your kitchen cupboards organized like never before.

“Thanks Ryan…Looking forward to getting more drawers in our bathroom. They are wonderful. I no longer dread having to get down on the floor looking for pots and pans in the cupboards.”– Patience, A DIY Customer!

 

 

 

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Pull out shelves are an amazing way to transform your current kitchen cabinets into a more organized, functional space. With regular cabinet space, you have to constantly reach, bend, and awkwardly feel your way through the cabinets until you finally find your favourite snack or much-needed baking ingredient. Pull out shelves are the perfect solution for all kitchens. To learn more about all the great ways you can use pull out shelves in your kitchen, contact the experts at DIY Shelfworks now!

 

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What Exactly Are Pull Out Shelves?

Pull out shelves, also called sliding shelves or gliding shelves, are pretty much exactly what they sound like! They are shelves, like the ones shown above, that fit into your existing cabinets. However, they are installed with gliding hardware so they can slide in and out of your cabinets or pantry. With pull out shelves, you simply grab the shelf and extend it outwards! You will no longer need to reach into the back of your pantry or bend down to get your pots or pans. Instead, your items come to your you!

Many shelves can hold significant amounts of weight – but each size and style will be different. For example, DIY’s Baltic Birch sliding shelves can hold up to 100 lbs, supported by full extension steel rails. Our Economy sliding shelves can hold up to 70 lbs. When deciding on which shelf is right for you, it’s important to look at the items you plan to store on them and approximately how much it will all weigh.

 

Pull Out Shelves vs Kitchen Drawers

Your kitchen will come standard with kitchen drawers, will most homeowners will have to separately add pull out shelves – unless you buy a home where someone has already added them in! Unlike regular shelves, kitchen drawers also pull out. However, they are not exactly the same as pull out shelves.

Kitchen Drawers

Kitchen drawers come in a variety of styles and depths and pull outwards, allowing you full access to your items. They are ideal for storing larger items like heavy pots, slow cookers, and other large cookware. If you need the best place to store items such as dishcloths and dishware, drawers are typically your best option.

Though they come in a variety of depths, most newer kitchens come standard with at least a few that are quite deep. These deep drawers are ideal for keeping items contained so they don’t fall out of your drawer. Unlike pull out shelves, kitchen drawers are much harder and more expensive install or add once your kitchen is built. They are also usually only added to a small section of your kitchen storage space, and are not added to sections such as your pantry.

Pull Out Shelves

Pull out shelves are very easy to install, as you do not need to remove your existing shelves or cabinets to add them to your kitchen or home. Pull out shelves come in a wide variety of styles and depths. However, if you choose to buy mass-produced shelves instead of custom-made ones, you could end up with shelves that are not very deep. In that case, you may need to be careful what you store on your shelves so items do not fall off. With custom shelves, you can choose deeper options so you won’t have to worry about this.

Pull out shelving is a great way to store all kinds of cookware and even small appliances, such as a toaster or toaster oven. Pull out shelves have the advantage over kitchen drawers because you can add them anywhere (aside from existing drawers) in your kitchen! They are perfect for adding to your kitchen pantry, making your snacks and baking items easily accessible and much more organized than ever before. They are also less expensive to add to your existing kitchen and are easy to install.

 

 

Different Pull Out Shelf Styles

Pull out shelves come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. You may choose a particular style based on your budget, or your material preferences. Either way, before you choose your pull out shelf, it’s important to do your research on all of your different options. Below are the four most common types of pull out shelves.

Solid Wood Pull Out Shelf

Solid wood pull out shelves are usually made with the highest quality materials. Solid wood shelves are well-made but are the most expensive option. For example, a custom-made solid wood specialty shelf could cost over $700.00!

9 Ply Baltic Birch

Baltic birch is a type of plywood that is far superior to regular plywood. It is significantly stronger and more stable. It is a highly durable, less expensive alternative to solid wood, yet it still makes a superior shelf. Baltic Birch shelves are usually moderately priced. For example, the 5″ deep sliding shelf starts at just $109.00.

Melamine

Melamine is a durable, less expensive alternative to a wooden shelf. The plastic covering of a melamine shelf makes it scratch and shatter resistant as well as waterproof, which may be ideal for those with young children. Melamine is slightly less expensive than baltic birch. For example, the 5″ sliding shelf starts at $93.00.

Metal Wire

If you are looking for the most budget-friendly option, the least expensive alternative is a metal wire pull out shelves. Though this style of shelf will help you save money up front, they do not last as long and are not nearly as durable as your other options. In the long run, you could easily end up spending more on regular replacements than if you had purchased a high-quality shelf right away.

 

Where To Use Your Pull Out Shelves

After doing your research and deciding which style and type of shelf is right for you, it’s time to decided where to put them. Depending on the brand you choose to buy, you may have shelves installed for you. Or, you may be able to install the shelves yourself! For those who love do-it-yourself projects, this can be a fun activity to do on your own or with your family. It also gives you full control over the project, and will feel so good when you’re done! For those that don’t love DIY as much, don’t worry! The installation process is relatively simple.

So, where can you use your new sliding shelves? You can place your new shelves pretty much anywhere you like. Of course, with one exception. You won’t be able to install a custom sliding drawer into a kitchen cabinet that already pulls out. Other than that, you are free to place your shelves in pantries or cabinets on small upper shelves, whether wide, narrow, shallow, or deep. You can also place them on bottom shelves and base cabinets or full upper shelves.

Sliding shelves are an absolutely amazing addition to any part of your kitchen. You can install one or two under your sink to make your cleaning products and dish items easily accessible. You can choose to install them in your pantry – either just one shelf or convert your entire pantry into a sliding shelf haven! You can place them on wide, base shelves to make the perfect home for all of your hard-to-store pots and pans. The possibilities are nearly endless.

If you absolutely love your new pull out shelves in your kitchen, there is even more good news. Pull out shelves are perfect for any room in your house! See the list below for some more placement ideas:

Bathroom cabinets – Use to store toiletries, make-up, extra toothbrushes and toothpaste, etc. Garage/Shed – Use to store tools, nails, screws, and all your other home improvement items for your garage or shed. Home Office – If you have a home office with built-in cabinetry, sliding shelves can help organize paperwork, office supplies, business cards, and more. Bedrooms – Great to use as additional shelves in your bedroom closet for storing clothes, jewellery, or even shoes.

 

How To Install Your New Shelves

How to install your new shelves will depend on a variety of factors, such as the brand of shelf you buy, the size and style of shelf, as well as the location of the shelf. At DIY Shelfworks, we want to make the installation process as simple as possible for you! We have a variety of videos and how-to guides to help ensure your shelf is perfectly installed. You can check out the video below that shows how to install a sliding shelf on a base cabinet or full upper shelf.

 

Installing your shelves in unusual places, such as under sinks or into awkwardly-shaped cabinets, may take a bit of extra effort. Corner cabinets, unusually wide or deep cabinets, and other awkwardly shaped cabinets can make the process slightly more complex. You may need to follow a few extra instructions in order to ensure your shelves are properly installed. However, there is almost always a solution with custom-made shelves! If you aren’t sure if sliding drawers are right for you, contact DIY Shelfworks to speak with an expert who can help you out, or learn how you can get your new sliding shelves installed for you at Glidingshelf.ca.

 

Get DIY Sliding Shelves For Your Home!

Installing sliding shelves will give you some great ways to increase your kitchen cabinet storage and get you organized. They brilliantly hide everything away and allow you to view every item inside, even those at the very back, quickly and easily. DIY Shelfworks will custom make your very own gliding shelves to perfectly fit into your existing cupboards.

Our high-quality rolling shelves are 100% Canadian made and will be delivered to you in as little as two to three weeks through Canada Post. You can choose from either our premium 9-ply Baltic Birch or our more economical melamine shelves. They come in 3 shelf heights: 3″, 5″, or 7,” and have a limited lifetime warranty. Place your order today and get your kitchen cupboards organized like never before.

“Thanks Ryan…Looking forward to getting more drawers in our bathroom. They are wonderful. I no longer dread having to get down on the floor looking for pots and pans in the cupboards.”– Patience, A DIY Customer!

 

 

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