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How To Make a Space Saving Sliding Utility Wall

Laundry Room Space Saver Cheltenham RoadAs you may have gathered from my last post I want everything to slide out.Pull Out Slide for ShoesChletenham Road Slide Out Shelves for Pantry Makeover

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)

So when I redid my kitchen I got rid of (almost) all of the base cupboards made everything a pull out drawer.Kitchen Drawer Extravaganza

More Kitchen Pullout ManiaI had them build one specifically for pots and pansPull Out Kitchen Drawer for Pots and Pans

And then I built a little, custom, divider for the lower one so I wouldn’t have to stack things.Kitchen Organizer for Pans by Cheltenham Road

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.

As you recall I started off with this bare corner.Laundry Room Corner Painted and ready to goThe sliding  panel would need to get past the molding that goes around the door frame so I screwed two scrap wood spacers into the wall 44″ apart.Installed Spacers

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.Finished Frame for Slide Out PantryOnce again, my trick of using the carpenters square and some clamps gave me easy, hands-free 90 degree corners.Use Clamps to create perfect 90 degree cornersThe drawer slides are very affordable ($15 for two 18″ sliders). Drawer SlidesThere 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.Install the Slide Outs

I then connected the sliders themselves into the backer and extended them.  I lined up the frame with the extended slides and screwed it into place. Assemble Slide OutInstalled Frame for Slide Out Storage After checking that everything moved smoothly.Make sure it moves smoothly

I screwed the pegboard into place Finished Slide Out Storage WallI added a little handle and BAM!  Slide out utility wall.Laundry Room Space Saver Cheltenham RoadLaundry Room Space Saving Slide Out Panel

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.

In any case if you have any questions or I’ve been vague don’t hesitate to ask.tutorialsandtipsDiamond in the Stuff

About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

One response »

  1. This turned out great. You could mount it without a frame, but it wouldn’t be nearly as sturdy.


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