Extra Cabinet Storage

4 Materials
30 Minutes

Creating extra storage in my house is a MUST! With three kids, two dogs and two adults, our house is always jam-packed with "stuff" and there is nothing I love more than an organized home. This simple DIY is extremely budget-friendly and easy to install. You can use it for so many things too!

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- Bathroom Towel Bar (I chose a simple one, but The Home Depot has a huge selection.)

- Vinyl Deck Ledger

- Screws

- Spray Paint (optional)

Do you see that wasted space on the side of my kitchen cabinet? It's time to turn it into something useful!

Prepare your piece of ledger.

Cut your piece of vinyl deck ledger to the same length as your towel bar. even though this is sturdy, it's quite easy to cut. I chose to spray paint mine in a metallic silver to match the towel rack bar as close as possible.

Mark your first bracket point

With a pencil, mark the area where you will install the first towel bar bracket.

Mark your second bracket point

With a pencil, mark the area where you will install the second towel bar bracket.

Install your towel bar

start out by screwing the first bracket into the cabinet at the marked point.

Insert towel rack bar

Then insert the towel rack bar into the first bracket, and install the second bracket by screwing it into your marked point on the cabinet. This towel rack was super easy to install, and I love the sleek look of it. You can find tons of different style towel racks on The Home Depot.

Mark where the ledger will go

Mark the point where you would like the ledger to be installed below the towel bar.

This height depends on what items you plan on storing on the outside of the cabinet. If it's spices, be sure to measure the shortest spice bottle for height reference. If it's cook books, be sure to measure the height of a standard cook book, etc.

Install deck ledger

Install your deck ledger at the marked points below the towel bar. Be sure to use the proper screws for the type of material your cabinet is made out of. Mine is wood, so I used 4 wood screws.

...And, it's ready to be put to good use!

The finished product provides the perfect amount of storage for some of my kitchen items that I had piling up around the house. Now my cook books, food magazines, and even my iPad (that I reference for recipes often) have a neat little space on the side of my cabinet. I can even plug the iPad into the outlet above for easy charging!

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Have a question about this project?

16 questions
  • Karen Foster Bowen
    on Mar 16, 2017

    Are those concrete counter tops? DIY? ? Very creative project

  • Loma Deel Miller
    on Mar 16, 2017

    It's not a question but a comment. Looks like you'd have room underneath for another maybe smaller one. Just have to make sure anything in it is child /pet safe.

  • Canadianlady
    on Mar 16, 2017

    I notice your countertop seems to be made of concrete? If that's the case, what do you think of it. Is it easy to clean? Does it get stained easily? How is it holding up?
    • Julien K., Hometalk Team
      on Mar 17, 2017

      It is sealed concrete and was installed by my landlord. It's very durable, but I have to say that it does stain quite easily.

  • Mary
    on Mar 16, 2017

    Just wanted to say nice job.

  • Tvogt1954
    on Mar 16, 2017

    How sharp is the corner of that deck ledger?? I have a toddler grandson that that would be a dangerous level to have him walk/run by.....

      on Mar 16, 2017

      That's my first thought, too! Love the idea, but it would be a magnet for my granddaughter's head! I wonder if it can be rounded?

    • Jan4948575
      on Mar 16, 2017

      I have no idea what a deck ledger is. I'm from UK so probably have a different word for it. 😳

    • Julien K., Hometalk Team
      on Mar 16, 2017

      It's made of a soft vinyl, so it has some Give to it and wouldn't cause a serious injury. But, I would recommend filing down the corners with a simple nail file even to ensure the pointed corners won't harm a child.

    • 16999903
      on Mar 16, 2017

      I think this is a great idea for an upper cabinet on the side. I really wouldn't recommend it for anyone that has toddlers. Not only for head injuries, but the temptation to pull on them or hang on them in a nano second when you turn your head. We have a hard enough time with them pulling on the towel bars in the bathroom! It's perfect for placing a tablet or even mail that needs to go out.....when the kids are older!

    • Patti
      on Mar 16, 2017

      I agree with Suzanne Baker 👍🏻 Just need to apply some cushioning so the taller-than-toddler types don't bump their heads 🤕

    • Patti
      on Mar 16, 2017

      @Jan from U.K. ... the "ledger" is the little shelf-type item hung beneath the towel bar in this picture....a "ledge".

    • GoAskAlice
      on Mar 16, 2017

      @Jan Deck Ledger Fits Over Ledger Board (the board that attaches the deck to the structure) And Behind Siding To Protect From Water Damage.

    • Leba Miller
      on Mar 16, 2017

      I love this!!! Great idea and great job irrespective of some of the comments/questions :)

    • Eliza Spear
      on Mar 16, 2017

      If it is vinyl could the edge be softened/rounded with heat? Heat gun, lighter, candle, putting it against a hot iron or other hot surface like the crafts that use plastic water bottles

    • Julien K., Hometalk Team
      on Mar 17, 2017

      Just to weigh-in on the toddler issue - I have 3 little ones! Ages 3,2,8-months and am shocked they haven't tried to do anything with it yet! But to be honest, I was amazed st the flexibility and "give" of he vinyl. It's low enough that it actually prevents them from wanting to hang off of it. I think if it were higher, they'd be tempted to "reach" and hang. Then again, you can never be too safe and if you have young children be aware of the temptation! :)

  • Sus6211865
    on Mar 16, 2017

    Hi there, great idea - but what are your counters made from?

    • Annie
      on Mar 16, 2017

      Yeah, that's what I was going to ask!!!! Is that rusty metal I see? I LOVE it!!

    • Bob Blakely
      on Mar 16, 2017

      Looks like concrete to me. It a "new" twist for kitchen countertops.

    • Julien K., Hometalk Team
      on Mar 16, 2017

      Bob is right! They are concrete countertops. It was the homeowners DIY before we moved in.

  • Winnie Fish
    on Mar 16, 2017

    Nice, but, how big is your house?

  • Libby
    on Mar 17, 2017

    Hi! Is there room for a second shelf below it? We've been thinking about doing nearly same thing in our new kitchen. Thinking of a notebook for takeout menus, gadget manuals for the Ninja, Instant Pot, etc, with a bottom shelf for grandbaby books. in my mind I pictured the narrow IKEA picture shelves without the bar on top.

    • Amarillolesa
      on Mar 17, 2017

      The bar keeps things from being knocked off the shelf. That's why she said if you will be using for a spice rack measure your shortest bottle, so the bar can keep all the bottles from being brushed off the rack. Dog tails and kids rushing by could cause havoc without the bar to keep them in place.

    • Libby
      on Mar 17, 2017

      Thank you Lesa, I happen to have an end cabinet that thankfully won't have traffic going by it.

  • Marti Lou
    on Mar 17, 2017

    Don't they make end caps for this product? That might solve the head banging problem as well as keeping items safe inside....great project!

  • Ibd12104488
    on Mar 17, 2017

    What is deck ledger????

    • Julien K., Hometalk Team
      on Mar 18, 2017

      You can find this item in your local Hardware store. Be sure to ask an associate! It's usually kept near the gutters section.

    • Shuganne
      on Jun 16, 2018

      Ibd, "the ledger provides much of a deck’s strength; it supports the joists at one end, and it provides stiffness to the framing. (A freestanding deck, of course, does not have a ledger.)" That was from decks.com. In essence, it is the L-shaped bracket that gets jammed underneath the house's siding to make the house waterproof, even though you're attaching a whole lotta joists onto the side of the house. Several wriers will be suggesting similar alternatives, I'm sure. This advantage is its extra strength. And its mysterious name. 😉

  • Diane
    on Mar 22, 2017

    Sorry not a question but comment. A piece od gutter with end caps would work also.

  • Betty Hutchinson
    on Jun 11, 2018

    This would work in the bathroom also?

    • Casey
      on Jun 11, 2018

      Why not? In my family, the bathroom was lovingly referred to as "the library."

    • Rebecca L guertler
      on Jun 11, 2018

      yes it would work for bathroom

    • Daisy@TX
      on Jun 11, 2018

      Not an answer but an opinion. I would like to try in my pantry doors for cook books! We'll see! Great project!

    • Wendy Jaikaran
      on Jun 18, 2018

      I think the bathroom, pantry doors, garage, or wherever you have the need for extra storage like this is an excellent idea! Use your imagination!

  • Deborah
    on Jun 18, 2018


    • Kimm King
      on Jun 18, 2018

      STORAGE !!!!💕

    • Nancy
      on Jun 18, 2018

      Why not!

    • Ang8275666
      on Jun 18, 2018

      Easy access to cookbooks. In my kitchen the cookbooks are in a drawer and out of sight. I think the cookbook on the Shelf is a great idea. My grandchild could put his books there too when he's in the kitchen

    • Rachelle
      on Jun 18, 2018

      Why comment why? If toy don't need extras storage, move on to another project. I love finding empty spaces to utilize for storage. I love this idea, it may not be for everyone, but that's ok. You don't have to be negative, just swipe over to the next project, maybe that one will catch your eye. We all have different tastes, and needs. That's why Hometalk has so many projects, there's something for everyone. We just don't need negativity on a site where people are using their creative minds and lucky for us all, they are sharing them with us! ❤❤😍☺

    • Donna DakotaSunrise Boria
      on Jun 19, 2018

      Have u ever lived in a really small place. This as a great idea.

    • Schel McCord Ruiz
      on Jul 21, 2018

      Well said. I love this idea and don't need extra storage but think I'm going to do it anyway so my cookbooks are out and not forgotten about. Thanks for the awesome idea!

  • Charlotte M Wadkins
    on Jun 18, 2018

    I do love this. I have the worlds smallest weird kitchen. I am looking for a cheap wall-stretcher. Any ideas??? LOL

  • Tracey
    on Jun 19, 2018

    I wonder the max weight the ledger would hold? Thoughts?

    • Steff Spencer
      on May 19, 2020

      The example in the above photo shows a few magazine style cookbooks. So... there ya go...🤔😊

  • Elisabeth Mackey
    on May 12, 2020

    Brilliant! Love it!

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  • Maureen
    on May 27, 2019

    Very clever idea 👍

  • Steff Spencer
    on May 19, 2020

    Thanks so much for this lil storage idea! Simple & economical! Looks like it belonged there from the start!

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