Kitchen Cabinet Sliders {DIY}

Space saver GALORE ! About 2 weeks ago an idea hit me – after we finished the Grocery Slider next to the refrigerator, something kept nagging on me … the sliding mechanism. I knew, with a little brain working over time, I will figure out a way to get more use out of my cabinets. {Especially the one we finished today}
Before we built and installed the Grocery Slider, which you can read about HERE , my small appliances were stacked on a galvanized shelving unit which wasn’t a good idea as we live in quite a dusty area. After I cleared out some cabinets (into the Grocery Slider), I had more than enough space to pack my small appliances inside cabinets. {The galvanized shelving unit has since moved to the Laundry, which you can read about HERE . 
This was before we installed the sliders – see all the space that was not being used, the question marks at the back of the cabinet… half the time I can not reach that far in and the other half I haven’t a clue what is right at the back – the arrow points to the upper area inside the cabinet – so much space not being used!

As, I suspect, most of you, I have tall canisters, boxes etc and then smaller bottles, packets and containers in which I keep pasta, rice and a multitude of other stuff.

Left picture:We built our little sliders using the above as follows:
– Sliding mechanisms
– Double Sided White Melamine (left-over from previous projects)
– Iron-on side tape for the open wood
– Screws suitable for wood
– Plastic Screw caps (not on pic)
– 1 x Handle per slider (not on pic)
***As all cabinets differ in sizes I am not giving any sizes, but from the pictures you should get an idea of what and how we did this***
Right picture: The arrow indicates where the iron-on strips needs to go – all open pieces of wood 

On the left is the part of the sliding mechanism which goes onto the bottom of the slider / On the right the mechanism is already fastened to the bottom of the cabinet – when ready the top piece slides into the bottom piece – there is a little stopper which are supplied with this mechanism.

Another picture of where side strip is needed (indicated by the X) to cover up the open wood / Roy uses a standard clothes iron to seal it onto the wood {It will be VERY dirty afterwards, but wipes clean easily using a little dish washing liquid} 

All the sliding mechanisms into place – we used one for each of the small side sliders and two for the larger sliders in the middle. (The small slider – on the far left – has already been installed) The pieces that are pulled out is just to show you how they actually works — these are the sides that are fastened to the bottom of the sliders.

Installed, handles added and all screws neatly tucked away under plastic screw caps.
The top two pictures shows the smaller sliders now packed and can slide right to the back of the cabinet – and I can see everything at a glance
Same thing with the bottom two sliders – only bigger and packed the way I like it!

The above picture shows what I packed (to see easily) in the bottom part of the larger sliders – Note the little insert in the picture on the right.. I used to keep all my plastic wraps, wax and baking paper, as well as all my different types of lunch and freezer paper in a plastic bin – Well, now I can find them much quicker and the plastic bin is not being moved from counter to counter, as I really had nowhere else to put it. 

An OPEN and a CLOSED picture – I like that, it looks so neat {Actually that is the first thing my son, Dimitri said earlier, when he saw it fully installed..}

A last picture of the BEFORE and the AFTER !!
Well, what do you think, friends.. ??? Something you might do, never will, good idea, bad idea…??
I really would like to know what you think of this – leave a comment, won’t you!

60 thoughts on “Kitchen Cabinet Sliders {DIY}”

  1. Hey there!
    Stopping by from the "Monday MeetUp" – I´m a new follower!
    Cute blog! Great DIY!!
    Have a nice day,

  2. I like to see before and after organizational posts. Stopping by from Kathe with an E hop. Have a nice day today.

  3. Great idea! I also hate that wasted space above the items on the shelf. I was just looking at my pantry today and wondering what to do about it. Thanks for the great solution

  4. I love the way the drawers are all behind the cabinet doors. It's tidy on the surface and underneath:)

  5. This is a brilliant idea! You really made the most of all of that unused space from the before pictures. I think I would love some of these in my cabinets. Thanks for sharing your awesome organizational skills with us at Gettin' Krafty!

  6. I want these throughout the house Linda! I agree, Brilliant! Thanks for sharing this post at the party this week. I've also featured it on my Facebook page ♥

  7. Hi Linda, wonderful name by the way. These are wonderful…so efficient and well organized. Great job! I am your newest follower. I hope you stop by to say hello and follow along. Linda

  8. Woohoo! Love sliding drawers. My hubby added some to my kitchen a few years ago and I think ALL houses should automatically come with them. They are amazing! thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. GREAT idea! would love to copy this….but here's a question for you. I have a vintage kitchen and the shelves inside are all one piece and are open in the corner. How and what would you build to access that lost space?

    You've just flipped on my thinking cap and hope others chime in…..will post over on my blog neverrush.blogspot….would love to hear from any and everyone!

  10. What a great idea!! You can come do my next!! LOL I am pinning this awesome idea. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I love all of your talented work.
    Have a great week. HUGS

  11. Super idea! Now if I could only get my husband to make them… Hmmm…. Thanks for joining us at the Keep Calm & Link Up party this week – see you again soon for the next one!

  12. Amazing – love how this is all coming together! Loved and pinned. Thank you for sharing this at MightyCrafty Mondays…

  13. If you look at the finished kitchen cabinet sliders, it seems like a difficult DIY project. It’s amazing how you were able to do it perfectly! I particularly like how you’ve managed to sort of divide the space into partitions to keep everything filed and organized. This will definitely open up a lot more space in there for all your kitchen stuff. Plus, it’s much more enjoyable to reach down and pull out a sliding drawer than to just rummage through the rubble to get something! Great job!

  14. Look at other kitchens to fine-tune your layout ideas and get a sense of the color and wood you like. If you love the look of an expensive hardwood, remember that less expensive woods can be stained to look like your choice.

  15. What a great use of space! We just made a few draws in our pantry this way 🙂 Thanks for sharing this at The Weekly Creative.

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  16. Hey Linda! Sorry its been such a long time since my last Thriving on Thursday linky party. I just wanted to let you know how much I loved this post. Now, come and do my kitchen please! LOL I'm starting the party up again tomorrow and am featuring this post. Would love to have you back, posting your wonderful ideas!

    Anne xx

  17. Thanks so much for linking up all your GREAT projects at the "Think Tank". It's good to see you there again this morning!

  18. Thank you so much for posting this. I do love all the design of your kitchen cabinets. I want to have like that because I am sure this is good to my kitchen. Keep on sharing. And i will spread this to my friends.

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  19. Pure genius! You guys did an amazing job. Love where you stored your chocolate. In fact after staring at that picture for quite awhile now, I'll have to rummage through my mess to find some chocolate of my own!

  20. very good idea, I will go with heavy load slides and make bigger drawers and save the extra spaces between drawers

  21. Love the different sliders that you have created. I am trying to get info the the type slider you are using. It appears that you have used the same ones for different applications. They all turned out amazing.
    Right now I am working on building a classic looking facade for a wall mount laundry room sink to make it appear as though its builtin. We have added a corner dog/toddler shower. This is a functioning service porch. I say "dog shower" but it will be so much more. The dogs, kids and even her Staff Sargent husband can play hard and then come in the back and rinse off.
    Anyway I would like to know what type of drawer slides you like to use. I want to build a narrow cabinet (like your spice cabinet) to fit between the utility sink and the dog shower. The shelves can hold shampoos, clippers, leashes, puppy treats…It is perfect.
    I hope you see this message.

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