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Built a Custom Tray Divider Storage Unit Into My Existing Cabinet!

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My cabinet was typical... a small shelf and pull out drawer. The cabinet would fill up with junk and was hard to access anything.

I am on this kick of converting cabinets into drawers... so I figured I would give it a shot here too.
Time: 4 Hours Cost: $30 Difficulty: Medium
  • built a custom tray divider storage unit into my existing cabinet
The 1st thing I did was raise the pull out internal drawer to the very top. It would hold smaller items and I needed to make enough room on the bottom for the tray divider.
  • built a custom tray divider storage unit into my existing cabinet
I did have to remove the little shelf in the back... a sledge hammer is a small space is not easy, but it did the trick.

Here is the internal drawer relocated. Just the right height to prevent people from over filling it with big items. Plus I could reuse the existing hardware.
  • built a custom tray divider storage unit into my existing cabinet
I built a simple box.. making it slope from front to back so we could reach any little items.

Next I need to make a few more dividers to go into the middle.

I built it with 1/2 plywood with screws on the front back and bottom.... all of which are hidden from view.
  • built a custom tray divider storage unit into my existing cabinet
Here it is installed with the full extension glides and the door mounted.

The door had some European hinges... so I used Bondo to fill the holes... including the door knob hole. (I will be adding a drawer pull bar handle instead.)

  • built a custom tray divider storage unit into my existing cabinet
Here you can see one of the screws holding the door to the front of the box. I started my screw before looking at the door and quickly realized I needed to move it over so the 1 1/4 screw would go into the thicker sides and not in the panel itself.

I also added one on the bottom of each side... I needed to use a LONG extension because my impact driver would not fit in-between the dividers on the sides.
  • built a custom tray divider storage unit into my existing cabinet
Overall it is great to have a custom solution to meet our needs! When the wife comes home, I am going to wait to se how long it takes her to notice the change. Surprise!

Yes.. I told her I was going to do it before I started... I always pass things by the boss first. She typically never complains because she knows it will be an improvement.

Hope this inspires you.

Materials I used for this project:

  • 22" drawer extension glides   (1/2" plywood)
  • Drawer pull of your choice.
  • Vivian Reilly
    Vivian Reilly Broussard, LA

    I love my two drawers beneath our wall oven. So much better than having a half-shelf stuck in the back of that cabinet where you have to get on your knees and reach way in to get something. More storage, too, even though putting the drawers in can

  • Missy Burch
    Missy Burch Texas City, TX

    i so need this in my life, but doubt i can manage it myself.

    • Yoohoosharonsue

      Missy sounds like you have the same problem I have. I fixed that by finding myself what I refer to as my "handyman husband". Sure I have to pay him, but he does what I ask.

  • Theduke1234

    We just never have enough room..........this is a lifesaver........

  • CJ Keen

    Nice

  • Paulmain1954

    This works well for my trash bin also. Easy to put in and easy to take back out.

    • David McIntosh
      David McIntosh Huntersville, NC

      I am working on a project right now.... a dedicated tilt out trash and recycling station. Stay tuned, almost done.

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