Over the last few months I have been wrapping up a project that I’ve been working on for 5 years – the kitchen!
After making a lot of poor design choices I decided to just wait until motivation struck me. It (finally) did and now I’m loving my new kitchen!
One of my favorite projects in the kitchen had to do with storage. For years I have loved pull out storage drawers – especially under the sink. I did a bit of research and the absolute best price I found for the wood drawers was around $100/each! I headed to a retailer to look at them to see if it was worth the price. The largest size offered still wasn’t wide enough and I decided that if I wanted them in 7 cabinets, $100/each was a bit too much for something that wasn’t really what I wanted. At this point I did what I normally do. I looked it over and realized I could make these easy peasy. I grabbed a few materials then headed home and knocked out the project in less than an hour. Even better it was 1/2 the price of the ones sold in store!
To build this size, I spent around $45.The majority of the cost came from using good wood; the sliding drawer hardware was only $8. The plywood was $12; the the side pieces were $20 and the dividers were around $8. If you’re looking to save money, you could use an MDF base and less-expensive common board. But if you know me, I spend more on quality materials to make my projects last longer. This is my forever house and something like that (that gets used so often as is in a wet environment) needs higher end materials. But again, you could use 2x4s and MDF and make it for around $20.
How to Build Slide-Out Under Cabinet Storage Drawers
Note: I made my pull out drawer 28 1/4″ W x 21 1/2″ D. This was the widest and deepest I could make it and still clear all plumbing, cords and the door opening. If you want to do this under your sink, make sure you account for plumbing when determining the size. For pull out drawers for pots and pans or small appliances (like this) you simply need to measure the width of the door opening and the depth of the cabinet. After measuring, adjust the materials as needed.
Step 1: Cut your plywood panel to size
Determine the overall size of the pull out drawer you would like and subtract 1 1/2″ from the width and depth. For my drawer this equaled 26 3/4″ W x 20″ D. Cut the panel to size.
Step 2: Cut your side pieces
You can either cut each end of your 1″ x 4″ x 10′ side pieces with a 45 degree miter or simply butt the wood end to end. If you cut them with a 45 degree angle, cut your side pieces 1 1/2″ longer than the width and depth of the pull out drawer. If you butt them up end to end, you will cut you vertical pieces 1 1/2 inches longer than the width of the drawer, and will cut the horizontal pieces to the exact depth of the drawer.
Step 3: Attach side pieces to plywood
Using either a brad nailer or wood glue, attach the side pieces to the plywood base.
Step 4: Cut your dividers
Cut the 1″ x 3″ x 6′ to the depth of your drawer minus 1/8″. For my drawer, this was 19 7/8″. Doing this allows the divider to sit snugly inside the drawer and allows you to move it as needed. For the horizontal dividers, this is entirely based on your preference. I opted for 12 1/4″ and 13 1/4″.
Step 5: Optional step – Paint or stain the pull out drawer
I painted my drawer white but you could easily leave it natural. It’s totally personal preference.
Step 6: Optional step – Line the drawer using contact paper
I opted to do this for two reasons: It gave me a bit of a barrier between the wood and the products and it made it pretty.
Step 7: Attach your drawer glides
Normally I would tell you to follow the manufacturers directions, but if your glides are like mine, the directions were a bit hard to follow. Basically, you attach the drawer bracket to the drawer and cabinet bracket to the bottom of the cabinet. Which is which? I found this handy graphic from Home Depot that explains it.
Step 8: Add your dividers and attach the drawer to the glides
This one is pretty self explanatory. After putting your dividers in, attach the drawer to the cabinet glides, fill your pull out drawer with products and enjoy!
I have absolutely loved having this under the sink and am already working on making more for the other cabinets (for pots/pans/appliances). All-in-all, the project took me a little more than an hour (mainly because I had to wait for the paint to dry). Of all of the projects I’ve done in my home, this has been one of the most useful! Easy and useful – the best kind of projects!
Just think of all the possibilities with these easy drawers — pots and pans, tupperware, linens — check out more ideas here.