How can I add shelves to the exterior of a kitchen cabinet?


Looking to add 4 shelves to the exterior of two kitchen cabinets that are on either side of the window, which is over the kitchen sink. Two per side in vertical fashion. About 10 inches long by 3 inches deep. Something that's not too bulky. I'd like to place items there, which now reside on the counter tops making them look too cluttered. Thanks for the advise in advance.

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  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Oct 03, 2019

    It can be very difficult to find shelves in the size you need so you’ll need to make your own. Plywood has ugly edges so you’ll want to make them out of solid wood. Cut your four pieces of wood to the dimensions you need. Making a rounded edge is the best way to go because of the small dimensions of the shelves. You can use a compass, a soup or vegetable can, anything else you want to draw the curve. Cut the curve with a jigsaw. You can borrow one, or buy a cheap one (see below). Finish your shelves with paint, stain, or anything else you want. Buy shelf brackets and hang your new shelves.

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 03, 2019

    Hi Laura: If you're handy, or even if you're not, you can build your own shelves. Here are a couple of sites that you can look at and see if you want to do that. Really, it's easy, a couple of boards and a couple of shelf holders and there you go. Just be sure that you secure the shelves to a stud or use drywall anchors and don't put anything really heavy on the little shelves:)

    This is a good site, shows you how to build a simple shelf. You can get decorative holders from the home improvement store:

    You can do this, I have faith in you. Good luck

  • Emily Emily on Oct 03, 2019

    These are not to suggest you copy then but just to show that you can make any kind of shelf to fit the available space. The narrow shelf is shallow and holds jars that just fit.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Oct 07, 2019

    Please send us a picture.

    having worked in a commercial cabinet shop, I can give you specific advice, only with specific background.

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 11, 2019

    Laura, you can buy brackets at just about any home improvement centre, and Hobby Lobby, though they are more expensive, but prettier, there. Also, be sure to use all of the screw holes, even on the top, so you can screw the shelf onto the bracket. Otherwise, it may (will) slip off and all of your stuff will come with it. You don't need all 3 screws on the shelf, but it's a good idea to use all of the holes when screwing into the wall. If you don't have a stud to screw into, use the plastic wall anchors for stability. Just make a hole in the wallboard the size, or smaller, than the anchor, tap it in and when you put the shelf bracket up, screw it into the anchor. It expands behind the wallboard, sort of like puffing out, and secures the screw. It's really quite cool:) Get them at least 2 inches long. You can talk to the people at the millworks counter and they can advise you what is best for you. Let us know how your project comes out:)

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