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 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  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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3 of 5 comments
  • Dl.5660408
    on May 12, 2020

    Never would have thought of that, thanks for sharing!

  • Johanne Palange
    on May 12, 2020

    Well done, nothing to build, just screw it on. One thing though: I'd be afraid that if the things on the shelf were to tilt backwards at the top end, they could just slide off the bottom front of the lipless shelf.

    • RC Leach
      on May 13, 2020

      Looks to me like it has a small lip. You can see it on the left side, but not so much on the right.

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