Kitchen Cabinet Life Hacks

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, there’s so much more than meets the eye. Behind their rigid exterior lies endless practical opportunities–secret conveniences–just waiting to be realized! We’ve put together a list of our absolute favorite cabinet life hacks–from functional faux drawers to invisible step-stools–that will leave you with more room to store, easier access, and a cleaner, clutter-free kitchen!

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Faux No More

Under every kitchen sink there lies a panel of wood designed to look like a useable drawer. Those cruel façades exist due to the lack of depth needed for a full drawer. But these design elements can serve a functional purpose as well, with an easy installation of a tip-out tray! Tip-out trays are the perfect place to put those annoying cleaning accessories that hang around the sink, cluttering up the kitchen. All it takes is a few hinges and some simple power tools to turn that faux drawer into a functional piece of your kitchen!

Pro-tip: To make even more out of the area under your sink, install shower curtain rods in the back of these cabinets. These shower rods become the perfect holders for spray bottles that would otherwise crowd the space. For added convenience, try hanging an old shower caddy inside the cabinet door for quick access to popular cleaning items.

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Faux No More

Under every kitchen sink there lies a panel of wood designed to look like a useable drawer. Those cruel façades exist due to the lack of depth needed for a full drawer. But these design elements can serve a functional purpose as well, with an easy installation of a tip-out tray! Tip-out trays are the perfect place to put those annoying cleaning accessories that hang around the sink, cluttering up the kitchen. All it takes is a few hinges and some simple power tools to turn that faux drawer into a functional piece of your kitchen!

Pro-tip: To make even more out of the area under your sink, install shower curtain rods in the back of these cabinets. These shower rods become the perfect holders for spray bottles that would otherwise crowd the space. For added convenience, try hanging an old shower caddy inside the cabinet door for quick access to popular cleaning items.
Clutter Contained

If a plastic silverware separator is the extent of your drawer organization, it might be time to step it up a notch. A quick way to keep the disarray under control is to install drawer dividers! Just pick up some unfinished poplar boards and clear wood glue from your local hardware store, map out the pieces, cut and install. To make it even easier, look for cabinet drawers that have organization features built-in already,
like dividers or peg organization systems!

Pro-tip: Looking for even more organization? Add a sliding drawer to divide up the area. Sliding drawers come in all sizes, from small silverware versions to deep drawer editions. Try a combination of both for total drawer control.

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Clutter Contained

If a plastic silverware separator is the extent of your drawer organization, it might be time to step it up a notch. A quick way to keep the disarray under control is to install drawer dividers! Just pick up some unfinished poplar boards and clear wood glue from your local hardware store, map out the pieces, cut and install. To make it even easier, look for cabinet drawers that have organization features built-in already,
like dividers or peg organization systems!

Pro-tip: Looking for even more organization? Add a sliding drawer to divide up the area. Sliding drawers come in all sizes, from small silverware versions to deep drawer editions. Try a combination of both for total drawer control.

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Space Squared

There are only so many shelves in each cabinet, and so many height possibilities for each one. Some dishes dictate the height of the shelf, even if the rest of the contents aren’t as tall. To use every square inch more effectively, add risers where you can! You can use traditional metal versions, or multi-step options.
A three-tier riser can create the perfect seasoning stadium, making baking much easier and your cabinets more organized!

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Space Squared

There are only so many shelves in each cabinet, and so many height possibilities for each one. Some dishes dictate the height of the shelf, even if the rest of the contents aren’t as tall. To use every square inch more effectively, add risers where you can! You can use traditional metal versions, or multi-step options.
A three-tier riser can create the perfect seasoning stadium, making baking much easier and your cabinets more organized!

Down To Earth

No matter how tall you are, there’s a place in every kitchen that’s out of reach. Whether it’s the top shelf of your pantry, the cabinet above your fridge, or the space above your sink, having areas that hang in practical limbo is a giant let-down. If you’re ready to bring these areas back down to reality and put them in regular use, install some pull-down shelves! Pull-down shelves are essentially personal elevators for the vertically challenged that bring your cabinet’s contents back within arm’s reach. Although installation is a bit more involved, pull-downs are well worth the extra effort. Look to your local cabinetry supplier for installation and supply support.

Pro-tip: If you still want to keep that step-stool around, but are tired of it eating up your kitchen’s floor space, install a custom toe-kick drawer! It’s an inconspicuous way to elevate your kitchen’s storage capabilities.
Down To Earth

No matter how tall you are, there’s a place in every kitchen that’s out of reach. Whether it’s the top shelf of your pantry, the cabinet above your fridge, or the space above your sink, having areas that hang in practical limbo is a giant let-down. If you’re ready to bring these areas back down to reality and put them in regular use, install some pull-down shelves! Pull-down shelves are essentially personal elevators for the vertically challenged that bring your cabinet’s contents back within arm’s reach. Although installation is a bit more involved, pull-downs are well worth the extra effort. Look to your local cabinetry supplier for installation and supply support.

Pro-tip: If you still want to keep that step-stool around, but are tired of it eating up your kitchen’s floor space, install a custom toe-kick drawer! It’s an inconspicuous way to elevate your kitchen’s storage capabilities.

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