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Your Guide to Custom Kitchen Cabinet Drawers

Are you looking to add custom kitchen cabinet drawers to your home? Custom drawers, such as pull out shelving, are a great way to increase your kitchen’s functionality and help organize your space. This guide outline the two main cabinet options, where you can install them, how to use them, how to organize them, and more! To learn more about all the great ways you can use custom kitchen cabinet drawers, contact the experts at DIY Shelfworks now!

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Chapter 1: Custom vs Production Cabinets
Chapter 2: Drawers – Where to Place Them
Chapter 3: Custom Drawers forPantry Organization
Chapter 4: Custom Drawers for Unusual Spaces
Chapter 5: Kitchen Cabinet/Drawer Organization Tips


Your Guide to Custom Kitchen Cabinet Drawers

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Who Needs Custom Kitchen Cabinets?

Before we get into each chapter, you may be wondering how you can benefit from custom kitchen cabinets! Custom cabinets, like pull-out shelves, are the perfect solution for hard-t0-reach spaces in your cupboards. Older homes and smaller kitchens may have harder to access cabinets, and sliding shelves is your perfect solution. They are also ideal for those who may have accessibility challenges. With custom sliding shelves, you won’t have to awkwardly reach or bend down just to get your favourite snack or cooking materials.

Chapter 1: Custom vs Mass Produced Cabinets

If you are looking for kitchen cabinet drawers, the first question you may have is whether or not you should buy them custom or mass produced. Both custom cabinet drawers (such as DIY’s custom-made sliding shelves) and mass produced cabinets (such as sliding shelves you can buy from big-box stores like Ikea) have pros and cons. Check out the comparison chart below to see the differences between Ikea Maximera sliding shelves and DIY’s two types of sliding shelves.

With mass produced cabinet drawers, you will likely find much lower prices. That’s because they are simply made in bulk and come in standard sizes. If you have cabinets that don’t fit the norm, it’s possible you won’t be able to find a drawer that fits your pantry or cabinets at all. This lower price is also often reflected in lower-quality materials used to make the drawer.

With custom-made shelves, you will most likely pay more up front – sometimes quite a bit more! However, you often get what you pay for. With custom kitchen cabinet drawers, they will be made to perfectly fit in your pantry or cabinets – no matter what size! They also often made with much higher-quality materials, meaning they can hold more weight and will last longer.


Chapter 2: Drawers – Where to Place Them

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Once you have decided which type of shelf is best for you and your budget, where do you place them? What do you do with them? In almost all cases, you will have to install your sliding 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. For those that don’t love DIY as much, don’t worry! The installation process is relatively simple.

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 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. Check out the quick video below to see an example of the installation process!



If you come to find that you love your sliding drawers, whether custom or production, you can actually place them almost anywhere in your home. Here are some great ideas for more sliding shelf options:

  • Bathroom cabinets – Use to store toiletries, make-up, extra toothbrushes and toothpaste, etc.
  • Home Office – If you have a home office with built-in cabinetry, sliding shelves can help organize paperwork, office supplies, business cards, and more
  • Garage/Shed – Use to store tools, nails, screws, and all your other home improvement items

Wherever you have cabinets in your home, sliding shelves can help you better organize all areas your life!



Chapter 3: Custom Drawers for Pantry Organization 

One of the biggest reasons homeowners choose to add sliding drawers to their kitchen is because it makes organizing so much easier. When you have shelves that pull all the way out, you can finally reach the very back of your pantry without straining or using a flashlight! You have FULL access to your pantry, making it easy to arrange items in any way you want without knocking other items over, piling items on top of each other, or losing track of food. With sliding shelves, you also get up to 100% accessible space back in your cabinets.

More accessible space means easier organizing. It also means you will not have to worry about forgetting about food in your pantry until you finally figure out what “that smell” is! There are also many custom options and accessories for your sliding shelves, such as built-in spice racks and adjustable dividers that make organization even easier.



 Chapter 4: Custom Drawers for Unusual Spaces

As mentioned above, you can place your custom kitchen cabinet drawers almost anywhere! However, there may be some spaces that are a bit more difficult to install. One example is under your sink. Though you may think that sliding shelves require two walls to connect, that is not the case! Your under-sink installation will be fine as long as there is room for the sliding track. The only problem with under sinks is the piping that often gets in the way.









Under Sink Drawers Images From: Glidingshelf.ca

Fortunately, as you can see from the images above, it is entirely possible to fit sliding shelves under your sink! If you aren’t sure about a DIY solution, you can always work with a professional company that will install for you.

When doing it the DIY way, you will simply have to work around your piping. Instead of measuring your shelves from the front to the very back, measure from the front to where your pipes begin. That way, you will still be able to fit your shelves in without interfering with under sink pipes.

There are other unusual spaces you may have in your kitchen. Corner cabinets, unusually wide or deep cabinets, and other awkwardly shaped cabinets can make the process a bit more complex. 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.




Chapter 5: Kitchen Cabinet/Drawer Organization Tips

Though installing new custom drawers in your kitchen cabinets will help you get more organized, it shouldn’t stop there! Check out these simple tips that will help you organize your kitchen even better, and ensure your drawers stay organized for years to come.

  • Tip #1: Get rid of excess – If you don’t need it, toss it! Too many items can make even the most organized pantry cluttered and messy. There’s no reason to keep items you never use – all they will do is take up space and make it harder for you to find the things you do need.
  • Tip #2: Store food in clear containers – Storing your food, such as flour, grains, spices, etc. in clear containers can help you keep track of what you have to be prepared for when you need to buy more. On top of that, buying attractive containers can contain the mess that often occurs from having so many bags and boxes in your cabinets!
  • Tip #3: Store similar items together – Avoid shoving random items together in your cabinet. Instead, take a bit of time to think and make a plan. Group together similar items, such as coffee and tea, or granola bars and trail mixes, and store them together! That way, you’ll always know where each grouping is!

To see more kitchen cabinet organization tips, click here! Or, you can check out the great video below by YouTube user AtHomeWithNikki to see an awesome pantry makeover!



As you will see, there are many different ways to organize your pantry and cabinets. Sliding shelves are a great way to get started, but how you choose to organize after that is all up to you! The best thing you can do is do your research. Look at examples and ideas from others. Use what you like – and ignore what you don’t!


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


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