To me slide out drawers instead of lower kitchen cabinets are kind of like wheels on suitcases – why wasn’t that the design from the start!? Why did I waste my youth schlepping heavy bags around and rummaging through dark, cluttered cabinets (OK, that was a bit dramatic. My childhood was not spent working below stairs at Downton Abbey. I did do other things in my youth but you get the picture)
However, other people built and installed my kitchen drawers and their accompanying sliders. I have been somewhat illogically intimidated by the idea of installing them myself.
I guess my fear of doing it wrong or potentially launching myself into some kind of Pandora’s Box of math and leveling nightmares was what put me off.
But, since there was no one else to do it for me I took the leap for my Pantry Makeover and I’m happy to say it’s very easy! So I thought I’d share how I made my Utility Wall Slide Out.
Next up I built a frame using the same basic design I’d used for my Craft Show Display Tower (The link will take you to my previous post with more detailed directions).
I used 1×2 poplar wood posts cut to length – in my case 5′ tall sides and 18″ wide cross pieces. I spaced the two, middle two cross pieces so they would line up with the scrap wood spacers I’d just installed on the wall.Once again, my trick of using the carpenters square and some clamps gave me easy, hands-free 90 degree corners.The drawer slides are very affordable ($15 for two 18″ sliders). There are two pieces to each slide: a backer and the slide itself. Following the package instructions I installed the backer onto the scrap wood spacers (which I’d painted the same color as the wall). The only trick is making sure it’s level – other than that it’s just three screws.
I’m hoping these directions don’t make it seem complicated because it wasn’t at all. I made the frame because I wanted the unit to be quite sturdy but if you were making a smaller version I think you could skip the frame and just screw the pegboard into the drawer slide.