Extra Cabinet Storage

Julien K., Hometalk Team
by Julien K., Hometalk Team
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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  • Elisabeth Mackey Elisabeth Mackey on May 12, 2020

    Brilliant! Love it!

  • Lisa Lisa on Sep 16, 2021

    I love the idea but The ledger that you're sending us to alone is $180!?!

  • Harper Harper on Feb 26, 2022

    Hi thats a great idea, think I would use mine for chopping boards. One question I am in new zealand so don't know what a deck ledger is or what the equivalent would be.. have you any idea please?

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  • Anne Anne on May 13, 2021

    I would put the ledger closer to the towel bar and keep my most often used spices there!! Thanks! Working on that project today!! You are so clever!!

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    • Anne Anne on Sep 17, 2021

      Thanks for your kind reply! It’s nice to see the tips and projects on HomeTalk!! We appreciate that people share their projects for others to adopt!!

  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Sep 16, 2021

    Nifty idea!