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Having a designated dog food station in your kitchen is a great way to keep those food and water bowls off the floor. And when you create your food station with sliding shelves, you can also keep dog bowls away from sight when you have company over or need to clean the floors. In this article, we’ll show you how to create your own slide-out dog food station with sliding shelves. To learn more about all of the unique uses for sliding shelves, contact the experts at DIY Shelfworks today!

 

 

How To Create a Dog Food Station From Sliding Shelves

Sliding shelf dog food station with bowls and food dispenser; Image source: Houzz.com

Sliding shelves are often found in kitchen pantries or cabinets. They help to organize hard-to-store items, and help make every inch of your cabinet more accessible. However, with a bit of creativity, you can install sliding shelves anywhere in your home!

You can even convert them into unique features like a slide-out desk or a dog food station! If you’re tired of tripping over your dog food bowls, learn how to create a simple food station with sliding shelves!

Note: If you plan to use your dog food station for both food and water, it’s important to ALWAYS have clean water accessible to your dog. If your kitchen water bowl is hidden, ensure there is another spot in the house where your pup can access water. 

 

Step 1: Select Your Cabinet and Get Dimensions 

If you’re ready to make your own dog food station, the best way to do this is by getting custom-made sliding shelves. A custom-made shelf will fit perfectly in your cabinet, even if it has an unusual design. If you want to ensure that your dog’s food bowls are always secured correctly inside (to help avoid spillage or unwanted movement), you’ll want this perfect fit.

If you plan to create your dog food station by placing a board along the top of the shelf, you will want to submit dimensions that take into account this extra space on top. It may only be a few centimetres difference, but that is important to take into account to ensure your shelf slides in and out without rubbing against your cabinet.

 

Measure your cabinets to find dimensions for your own custom-made shelf – Learn how to here!

 

Depending on the size of your dog, you will most likely want to select a bottom cabinet. It does not have to be large – just big enough for one or two bowls to sit side-by-side. At this point, you will also want to select the depth of your new sliding shelf. If you have a small dog, you may want to get the 3″ deep sliding shelves. Otherwise, you will need larger bowls. If you have a larger dog, a 5″ deep shelf may work better. Measure the depth of your dog’s current bowls to help you get an idea of which depth would be best for you, your dog, and of course, your cabinet!

 

Step 2: Order Your Sliding Shelves 

Once you have measured the cabinet where you plan to install your new dog food station, selected the best depth for your shelf, and confirmed the placement, you will want to purchase your sliding shelves. As mentioned above, it is best to get custom-made shelves for this project. Even if the shelf is off by half an inch, that can create problems with stability for your pet bowls.

Remember, some dogs may put a lot of pressure on their bowls when they eat or drink. Some may even put their front paws up on the shelf. Custom-made shelves are durable and can often hold up to 100 lbs of weight depending on their make! Buying high-quality, custom-made shelves is important to ensure your dog food station is efficient and sturdy.

Wondering how to order sliding shelves from DIY Shelfworks? You can watch this quick tutorial video that shows how to simply order right from our online store, or you can check out our how-to guide here.

 

 

If you would like to know about your other options when it comes to buying your own sliding shelves, you can check out our article here on custom-made shelves vs mass produced shelves.

 

Step 3: Customize & Install Your Shelf

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Some homeowners choose to simply secure bowls to sliding shelves, while others install a board to insert bowls into

There are many different ways to customize your shelf to create your own dog food station! There is no one way to do it, and it will depend on your own personal preferences. If you are looking for the simplest way to do it, you can create something like picture #1 above. You will simply need a slide-out shelf, food and water bowls, and something to secure the bowls in place for when your dog is using them (so they don’t fall off the sides).

If you want to create something like the second option, you will have to get a bit more creative. You will want to get a water-resistant type material for the cover, such as laminate or melamine board. From there, you can create holes that will fit your dog food bowls.

Make sure the bowls are slightly raised above or that you have bowls with a slight lip around the edge. You will want to make sure there is JUST enough space for the bowls to fit through. It would not be good if food or water was constantly dripping or spilling beneath the bowls.

Keep in mind this is probably not an easy DIY task for beginners. If you do not know how to cut through the materials yourself to make the holes for your dog bowls, you can always go to a local hardware store to ask for help, or ask if you can order your cover materials with the holes already in place.

To fit the board in place, you will want to securely place it on top of the existing shelf. The board should be the exact same size. You can secure it in place with heavy-duty glue, such as PL Glue. PL Glue is described as the glue of choice for both professionals and DIYers, and can be used to secure almost everything. It’s waterproof and provides superior adhesion on almost every type of surface. Plus, it won’t leave any visible components (unlike screws or nails!)

When it comes to installing your shelf, that step will be the same as any other sliding shelf! Check out the quick video below to see an example of a DIY Shelf installation.

 

 

Some homeowners choose to add the custom elements after the shelf is installed, others prefer to work while it is more accessible. It’s up to you – but the installation process will be the same.

 

Sliding Shelf Dog Food Station Ideas

Need some inspiration for your own project? Check out these sliding shelf dog food stations from around the web!

Toe Kick Food Station

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This cute dog food station was made from a simple toe-kick drawer. As you can see, the lip of the metal bowl completely covers any potential opening, ensuring that any spilled food or water remains ON the shelf instead of seeping underneath.

 

Raised Large Station

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If you have a bigger dog, this raised dog food station may be best for you! This station has been installed in a wide sliding shelf. These homeowners have even added a pattern to the top board, making it attractive even when pulled out!

 

 Open Shelf Food Station

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Sliding shelves don’t have to be added to a cabinet or pantry! These sliding shelves converted into food trays have been installed in an existing shelving unit in a mud room! If you want your dog bowls out of the kitchen, consider adding your new sliding shelf trays to existing shelves in a mudroom or laundry room.

 

Create Your Own Dog Food Station With DIY Sliding Shelves!

 

DIY sliding shelves are perfect for your own dog food station. They are perfectly even around all sides, making it easy to install a board right on top or fit your dog bowls snug inside. They are also great for anywhere around the home! DIY shelves brilliantly hide everything away and allow you to view every item inside, even those at the very back of your cabinets, pantries, and closets, quickly and easily. DIY Shelfworks will custom make your very own gliding shelves to perfectly fit into your existing cupboards.

 

“I would like to thank the folks at DIY Shelfworks, they have provided me with a wonderful product along with a true commitment to customer service. We have installed 7 customized slide out shelves in our kitchen which has allowed us to better organize and access everything from our appliances to spices. All this at a very affordable price. Thank you DIY Shelfworks!”– June, A DIY Customer – Review From Our Facebook Page

 

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 a variety of shelf heights to fit your cabinet or pantry’s unique size. Learn about our limited lifetime warranty here. Place your order today and get your kitchen cupboards organized like never before.

 

 

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Adding pull out shelves, also called sliding shelves, to your cabinets is a great way to help you organize your kitchen space. Pull out shelves also increase the accessibility of your items – meaning less bending, stretching, and reaching for your cookware and pantry items! And when you choose Canadian made products, there are even more benefits! If you are interested in your own pull out shelves, learn more by contacting DIY Shelfworks today!  → Read more

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Custom sliding shelves are an amazing way to take back the space in your kitchen and pantry. Sliding shelves by DIY Shelfworks are custom-made to fit perfectly into your cabinets and pantry. Whether you need them under your sink, in your pantry for snacks, in your cabinets for pots and pans, or anywhere else, we make shelves that will fit your unique space! To learn more, contact us at DIY Shelfworks now!  → Read more

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Looking for great kitchen shelf and pantry organization ideas? The thought of organizing your kitchen can feel a bit overwhelming – but with these great tips and ideas, your kitchen will feel like an organized haven in no time. Your kitchen should truly feel like ‘the heart of the home,’ and these ideas can help with that. To learn even more about great kitchen organization ideas, contact the experts at DIY Shelfworks!

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Looking for new sliding drawers for your kitchen or home? When looking for a new product, you will have to choose between box kits (DIY) or preassembled and installed for you. There are many advantages with drawer box kits, and they contain everything you need to install fully functional sliding drawers. In this article, we’ll go over the reasons we love drawer box kits, and why you should too! Contact us today to place your order and see how wonderful it is to enjoy the ease and convenience of DIY Shelfworks custom rolling shelves. We’ll even ship your shelves in Canada for free!  → Read more

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New kitchen cabinet design can completely transform your kitchen. New cabinets can turn an outdated kitchen in a beautiful, modern, and functional space. If you are looking to refresh your kitchen and make it more practical than ever before, this guide will show you how! We’ve included functional and modern cabinet ideas & recent trends, organization tips such as adding sliding shelves, and how to make the most out of any sized space. To learn more about adding functional features to your kitchen cabinets, contact DIY Shelfworks now!

 

Sliding Shelves Can Help You Get Your Own Modern, Functional Kitchen

 

Kitchen Cabinet Design: How to Design a Modern and Functional Kitchen

Updating your kitchen cabinets is the perfect way to get that kitchen you’ve always dreamed of. Not only will your kitchen look more modern, but new cabinets can also make your kitchen much more practical. The first thing you’ll want to do when adding new cabinets is to look for inspiration. Check out some of the great ideas below to help you find inspiration for your own kitchen project.

 

Modern Kitchen Cabinet Designs

Designing your updated kitchen starts with choosing modern cabinet designs. If you don’t even know where to start and need lots of ideas, check out this video below that shows 100 modern kitchen designs!

 

 

For more great designs, check out some of these beautiful kitchens below showcased by Freshome.com’s 10 Amazing Modern Kitchen Cabinet Styles list.

 

Modern Wood Cabinets

Modern wood kitchen; Image source: Risher Martin

Retro is back – and with it comes a lot of wood features. Wooden kitchen cabinets are sturdy and never really goes out of style. Wood is loved for its durability and it is easy to repair if damaged. This beautiful wood kitchen combines elements of the past and present to create a wonderful modern design. Aside from looks alone, this kitchen is also highly functional. Just look how many cabinets there are! The cabinets extend around the built-in fridge and appliances, going all the way up to the ceiling. You definitely won’t run out of storage space in a kitchen like this.

 

Sleek and Simple

There’s no doubt that these shiny cabinets add modern flair to your home; Image Source: Blenture

When you think of ‘modern,’ kitchens like the one above often come to mind! You can get this look for your cabinets if you choose laminate cabinets or a lacquer finish. These type of cabinets come in every colour and many different designs. They are easy to clean and generally durable. With a style like this, everything looks sleek, simple, clean, and bright. This kitchen doesn’t allow for clutter – anything out of place would disrupt its natural balance! However, it definitely isn’t hard to keep a kitchen like this neat and organized. With so many places to store your items and appliances on the wall and out of the way, this kitchen makes it easy to love the modern look.

 

Quaint and Colourful Cabinets

Modern kitchens don’t have to be ‘boring!’ – Image Source: To Do Something

A bit of an opposite look from the one above, this colourful kitchen is also a beautiful example of a modern kitchen. You can get this cabinetry design in many different materials, including combinations of wood, melamine, high gloss, or other styles you like. If you can’t resist a splash of colour or whimsical touch, remember that modern kitchens definitely don’t have to be boring! The cabinets are painted in a popular colour, with elements of classic wood still there. The black backsplash really gives this kitchen a modern touch, as well as the light wooden island counter.

 

Classic White Cabinets

You can still have traditional elements in a modern kitchen; Image Source: Zero Energy

Sometimes, when people think about ‘modern kitchens,’ they think ‘plain,’ ‘industrial,’ or anything but warm, cozy, and homey. This modern white kitchen shows that is just not the case! Of course, there are modern industrial-style kitchens with stainless steel counters and cabinets. Those kitchens are awesome, but definitely not for everyone. If you like the modern style, you don’t have to give up traditional or ‘homey’ elements. This kitchen is the perfect example of that!

These cabinets are highly functional, with many different design elements included. You can see a large pantry above drawers, a wide variety of cabinets (some with glass so you can see right in), and different drawers with varying depths. This classic style can be made from pretty much any material, but you will most likely find wood versions painted white or white lacquer cabinets.

 

Designing Your Modern Kitchen

Although kitchen cabinets are one of the most important elements of your new modern kitchen, they are not the only things you should think about. When designing your new kitchen, there are many things you can do to help achieve the modern look. See some ideas below from Kitchen Magic to help you integrate contemporary details into your space.

 

Up-To-Date Components

 

Updated sinks and appliances can help modernize your kitchen

 

Adding contemporary elements to your kitchen can make a big difference overall. Of course, kitchen cabinets are often the main ‘attraction’ of your kitchen. However,  the little things add up too! Consider replacing your old toaster with a new stainless steel version; or, bring in a sleek new coffee maker. If you’re up for bigger updates, replace your fridge, stove, and dishwasher with stainless steel or other modern versions.

These components can help transform your kitchen. Updated appliances are often also more efficient, meaning you could save long-term on your energy bill. You may also find that your kitchen feels more organized, as adding these new elements you enjoy using may make you a bit more productive in the kitchen!

Looking for more modern kitchen ideas? Check out some great designs from Elledecor.com!

 

New Countertops

 

New countertops go perfectly with new cabinets

 

New counters and cabinets often go hand-in-hand. Many homeowners choose to pick their countertops based on their existing cabinets. For example, if you have white cabinets, you may want to stick with that colour palette and choose white countertops. Or, you may want to create a two-toned kitchen and choose dark counters instead. No matter what you choose, it is clear that new counters are one of the best ways to create a modern kitchen.

New counters also allow for more organizational opportunities. For example, you may replace a simple counter with an island. Many modern islands come with additional storage options, such as side shelves or entire cabinets built right in! When searching for new cabinets and countertops, consider the storage and organizational possibilities too.

Looking for modern countertop inspiration? Check out these 30 ideas from Freshome.com!

 

Contemporary Backsplash

 

Your backsplash can completely change the look of your kitchen

 

Adding a contemporary backsplash to your kitchen can make a world of difference! Many older homes don’t even have a backsplash in the kitchen, which actually makes it easier to install a new one! Right now, there are so many options when it comes to backsplashes.

You can choose to keep it light and white, like in the first picture. Or, you can add a bit of fun colour or an interesting pattern, like in the second image. Whether you prefer something simple or a bit more ‘out there,’ a new backsplash is the perfect way to showcase your unique style!

Looking for more modern backsplash ideas? Check out this listing from HGTV.com!

 

Organization & Functionality

Your modern kitchen won’t be complete without some additions that will help you utilize your space in the best way possible. Modern kitchens are prized not only for their aesthetics but also for their functionality. See some ideas below to help you organize your modern kitchen.

 

Install Sliding Shelves

Sliding shelves with dividers can help you organize difficult-to-store objects, like pans and trays

 

Adding sliding shelves to your modern kitchen is the perfect way to maximize your storage space. Sliding shelves are exactly what they sound like! They slide out of your cabinet or pantry, giving you up to 100% of your accessible storage space back. With sliding shelves, you can also say goodbye to awkwardly reaching or stretching just to grab a single object from the back of your pantry!

Sliding shelves also come in a wide variety of styles and heights, perfect for storing a wide variety of objects! For example, you can store trays and pans in 7″ deep shelves, or store cutlery in 3″ deep shelves. 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!

 

Add Cutlery Organizers

The cutlery drawer can quickly become a source of frustration – we often forget to maintain it, and allow it to become cluttered and disorganized. This quick video below shows one way of organizing your cutlery drawer with modern inserts.

Cutlery organizers may seem like a simple organization solution – and that’s because they are! These organizational inserts are available at pretty much any home improvement store. You can choose from a wide range of options and sizes to perfectly fit inside any drawer. It is one quick organizational trick that will help you get the most out your kitchen.

 

Contemporary Wall Storage

Wall hanger by Ikea; Image retrieved from: homedit.com

 

If you have a smaller kitchen, or just love having all of your most-used items readily available, this wall hanger from Ikea (or any similar product) is the perfect addition to any modern kitchen. Wall storage like the option above helps free up space in your pantry and cabinets for items that can’t be stored anywhere else. When organized properly, hangers can also add aesthetics to your kitchen!

 

Modernize Your Kitchen & Home With Sliding Shelves!

 

Installing sliding shelves will give you some great ways to increase your storage space anywhere in your home! They brilliantly hide everything away and allow you to view every item inside, even those at the very back of your cabinets, pantries, and closets, quickly and easily. DIY Shelfworks will custom make your very own gliding shelves to perfectly fit into your existing cupboards.

 

“I would like to thank the folks at DIY Shelfworks, they have provided me with a wonderful product along with a true commitment to customer service. We have installed 7 customized slide out shelves in our kitchen which has allowed us to better organize and access everything from our appliances to spices. All this at a very affordable price. Thank you DIY Shelfworks!”– June, A DIY Customer – Review From Our Facebook Page

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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