When a contractor neglected to centre our sink cabinet in the space, it provided the perfect opportunity to create some ‘hidden’ – and functional – storage in our kitchen.
If you have filler strips in your kitchen, you can reclaim that wasted space and build a custom base cabinet into the space the filler occupies – even with a gap as little as 3″.
The light bulb went off one day when I was surfing the net and found this inspiration shot for a base filler cabinet roll out. But why would we purchase something ready made, when we could easily build it ourselves and customize it to our needs?!
Here’s how the filler beside our sink looked before – you can see the 6 1/2″ space on the left side of the sink cabinet:
I was hopeful that, with a little careful measuring, we would be able to gain some valuable real estate in this small area to store a few things.
Many of the ready made units I saw online had adjustable shelves, but we decided it would be simpler and faster to determine what we wanted to store and just build fixed shelves to the height we needed – the beauty of DIY’ing is customizing the size to your needs! We decided to store plastic containers on the top shelf (so we could stack them) and cooking oils on the bottom so went with only two shelves.
I’ve illustrated our dimensions below to help you find your own. Everyone’s situation will be different so I’ll walk you through some of the considerations we had keep in mind when my husband built this. You will essentially be building a box with shelves mounted in between at whatever height you determine is best for the things you want to store.
Prep Work and Steps
1. Decide on what slider hardware you will be using. We decided to purchase hardware that could be mounted on the top and bottom of our pull-out so we wouldn’t lose any space on the sides. Since the height of the pullout box needs to fit the height of the space, and you’ll need something to attach the drawer glides to on the top and bottom. My husband built a frame of sorts with a top and bottom to mount the drawer glides to. He then added in a filler strip under the counter top so we wouldn’t have an ugly gap – our filler was was 3 inches long and wide enough to fit between the side between the sink cabinet and wall (there is wood along the underside of the filler strip to mount the top glide to).