DIY pull out shelf

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DIY pull out shelf
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A sliding, pull out shelf is an accessory for the kitchen or pantry cabinet. It allows easier access to the interior of the shelving and it is ideal for pots, pans and bottled or canned goods. Sliding the shelf out gives you a better view of what is in the cabinet and makes taking large items out from the back much simpler. This is a do-it-yourself project if you have the time and tools to complete it.

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Sliding shelf tracks
  • Sliding shelf brackets
  • T-square
  • Pencil
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of the shelf you plan on making into a pull out shelf. Use an old shelf, a flat 1-by-12 pine board or a drawer from an existing kitchen cabinet as the pull-out shelf. Or purchase a drawer that matches your existing cabinets or shelves. Just be sure that it is narrower than the opening of the cabinet door, if you're putting it in a regular cabinet.

  2. 2

    Position the sliding shelf brackets and guides on the inside walls of the cabinet or shelving area, far enough apart to accommodate the width of the shelf or drawer.

  3. 3

    Mount the sliding shelf guides on the bottom sides of the shelf or drawer so the rollers face outward.

  4. 4

    Slide the drawer carefully into the sliding shelf guides by tilting the bottom of the drawer down and locking the roller wheel into the guides. Slide the drawer all the way back into the cabinet. Line the shelf up so it is straight and square inside the cabinet. Use a T-square to ensure it is square, if necessary.

  5. 5

    Mark the location of the mounting holes on the cabinet by pressing a pencil through the holes. Make the marks dark and visible.

  6. 6

    Remove the sliding shelf. Mount the brackets into place by screwing them to the cabinet on the marks. Install the shelf by setting it back into the gliding tracks, rollers first, and pushing it all the way into the cabinet.

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