Today’s well designed kitchen should be user friendly, very functional and make life easier for all family members. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home. When space is sparse, families can become overwhelmed in terms of organizing cookware, housewares, appliances, and food items. Are you ready for a change? If you're ready for a custom solution, this article can point you in the right direction. These common kitchen problems can be fixed by adding made-to-fit shelves and cabinet organizers to make your life easier and your kitchen more organized.
PROBLEM: YOU CAN'T EASILY REACH YOUR POTS AND PANS. SOLUTION: SLIDE-OUT SHELVES THAT CAN HOLD UP TO 100 LB.
Are pots and pans constantly being shifted around in your cabinets in an attempt to maximize space? Maybe you are tired of pulling out half of your cookware to find the ones you want. Why not give pull-out shelves a go? Made-to-fit type cabinet organizers over off-the-shelf fixed dimension versions work perfectly to help you get and stay organized and maximize storage space. They will give you convenient access to easily find and reach what you need. Multi-level models are also available and could provide even more cabinet storage. Even basic made-to-fit slide-out shelves keep you from getting on your hands and knees as all the items stored on the shelf can extend 75% or 100% out into the open.
PROBLEM: YOU HAVE SMALL OR NARROW CABINETS THAT ARE INCONVENIENT SO GO UNUSED. SOLUTION: INSTALL MADE-TO-FIT SLIDE OUT SHELVES.
Cabinet space is precious for any cook, experienced or not. When it is too narrow or small for a clear use, not only does it start to look cluttered, but you are also not using all of your space effectively, if at all. We suggest installing slide-out shelves or better yet a multi-tier tower into your base cabinetry so that you can maximize every useable inch. Whether they are for food items or kitchen supplies, sliding shelves can be installed to extend your stored housewares to within easy reach.
PROBLEM: YOU CAN'T SEE ALL OF THE ITEMS IN YOUR FOOD PANTRY. SOLUTION: RETROFIT YOUR ENTIRE PANTRY WITH SLIDE-OUT SHELVES.
People often think their pantries are cluttered, when in reality they are just not completely maximizing every square inch they do have in an organized manner. Take advantage of all the storage space available in your pantry cabinets installing made-to-fit pull out shelves. Not only will these keep you more organized, but you can potentially increase the amount of items stored in your pantry. This works best with a pantry like this one where you will be able to see and reach everything on each level.
PROBLEM: YOUR COUNTER SPACE IS LIMITED. SOLUTION: INSTALL ROLL-OUT SHELVES TO CONVENIENTLY STORE SMALL APPLIANCES.
Is your valuable counter space overwhelmed and looking cluttered with a dozen popular small appliances? They are convenient gadgets for sure, but you are also left with hardly any room to create culinary masterpieces. We suggest storing appliances like Kitchenaids, blenders or toaster ovens etc. on slide out shelving so that they are hidden and off countertops entirely, but easy to access. This can free up at least a couple square feet for you to use your precious countertop space for food prep. For other countertop items like spices or utensils, slide-out shelves with a variety of accessories can be installed to get them out of the way, but never far from reach.
Made-to-fit slide-out shelves and cabinet organizers are now trending. Join thousands of fellow homeowners and retrofit all the cabinets in your home to help you get and stay organized for life!
Is your kitchen functional or just pleasing to the eye? Or neither?
Well, kitchen design requires both for maximum enjoyment and use. Your kitchen should look inviting (good cabinetry, paint, tile and countertops) and be very functional to make your life easier and efficient.
To pinpoint how functional your current kitchen is - think about a few things. How long does it take to you find the items you need? Is it difficult to get into the back of your cabinets? Do you find food products in the pantry that have spoiled and/or expired before you had the chance to use them? Do you ever double or triple purchase items because existing ones are in the back of deep dark cabinets and you do not realize they are there? Is it easy to clean, organize and reach all areas of your cabinets? Do you often feel like you're out of space?
All kitchens should have functional cabinetry with slide-out drawer and shelf solutions for storing all modern kitchen appliances, cookware, utensils/tools, sauces, spices, beverages and food. You may already have kitchen drawers, but have you considered retrofitting your existing traditional cabinets and pantry with made-to-fit pull-out shelving or cabinet organizers?
Here are 15 photos of ideas that show how you can organize the household items you need to store and have them all within easy reach. You will see some of the best made-to-fit cabinet organizer solutions for almost every application. Check out the ideas below:
Are your cabinets structurally sound but you don’t like the color or finish? Perhaps they just need to be renewed? Many homeowners have older style solid wood cabinets that are in great shape, they are not interested in replacing; they just want to update the look and maximize available storage space.
A great way to deal with the cosmetic aspect is to either have your cabinets refinished or refaced adding new doors, hinges and hardware. If this is the case, click here for information on a program at The Home Depot that offers both re-finishing or re-facing for existing cabinets.
Also, below in this article we’ll show you how you can improve the functionality you get with brand new kitchen cabinets today for thousands of dollars less than it would cost to replace them. You can upgrade the interior and function of your kitchen, pantry and bathroom cabinets in just a few simple steps using the made-to-fit brand of Slide-A-Shelf products.
By renewing the look of your cabinets and/or by retrofitting the existing fixed shelves to pull-out shelves, your kitchen will seem as if it has been transformed. We particularly like the fact that retrofitting your existing cabinets is easy to do for most homeowners using just a battery operated screwdriver for installation. In fact, you can see here how slide-out shelves can bring you ease and convenience in only 3 steps which are outlined below.
MEASURE: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS
1. TAPE MEASURE - Use one that is accurate and sturdy. (Ensure it isn't damaged or overused). We recommend a stiff metal tape that is 1/2” or 3/4” wide with at least 1/8” marked increments.)
2. A FLASHLIGHT - This will be invaluable to look for hidden obstacles in the back of a dark and deep cabinet.
3. MOVING ITEMS - Getting accurate measurements of your cabinet’s clear opening and clear interior depth usually doesn't require removing all items inside the cabinets, but you may need to shift items around a bit.
4. CHECK FOR OBSTACLES - Check your cabinetry for any obstacles such as gas and/or water lines, valves, electrical conduits, shelf braces, etc.
5. NOW YOU'RE READY TO MEASURE - Print out the measuring guide and write down each measurement for each shelf location using the measuring log sheet.
ORDER: START WITH THE MEASUREMENTS SUBMISSION FORM
1. Slide-A-Shelf’s order process is in 2 steps. Once this form is complete, which provides our factory with your product preferences and cabinet opening dimensions, you will be routed to our order page(s) for the final step, where you will add your items to a shopping cart, finalize, 2. We estimate it will take you 3 to 5 minutes to complete this form. Data entry is accomplished using quick and easy text fill boxes and drop down menus in 2 sections; contact information (to match to your paid order) and your measurements.
INSTALL: TWO OPTIONS
One of the unique features about made-to-fit Slide-A-Shelf products are it they are designed to be easy to install yourself. If you would prefer to have it installed professionally, we can help you with that too.
1. See our list of national organizations and qualified installers here.
2. Installing it yourself? Included with your delivered Slide-A-Shelf products will be a pictorial installation guide that walks you through the easy process step-by-step. And, each slide-out shelf or cabinet organizer comes with an easy to use installation and alignment template.
You're not the only one who feels like their cupboards are full and hard to use. It is common to have cabinets that are disorganized and not functional. Hold on...we have some great ideas to free up space for your essential pots, pans, utensils and all of your canned goods while maximizing Your kitchen and pantry are "mission critical" areas of the home. It's time to get organized and reclaim them.
1. Utilize unused space
Often times your cabinets have dead space resulting from grouping like items or to make reaching items easier for you. Adding glide-out shelves that fit your cabinets offers convenience making it easy to use all of the storage space in your cabinets. One example of inefficient space is the tall and thin cabinets to the immediate right and left side of your oven. Now you can retrofit those into a slide-out multi-level tower unit that can store an array of utensils, spices and seasonings. Many homeowners simply do not use the back 50% of their cabinets because reaching items stored there requires them to empty the front half of the cabinet. This is inconvenient and inefficient.
2. Rethink your hard to reach cabinet(s)
Do you have a cabinet above your refrigerator or oven? How about a high cabinet above the pantry? These types of upper cabinets make it difficult to reach the items inside and often results in homeowners not fully utilizing those storage areas. When you turn that fixed shelf into a slide-out shelf it allows the full use of the cabinet and in some instances permits you to store even more items.
3. Organize your cabinet space
A shelf that slides-out from your cabinets will change how you work. You will save time and not have to sort through items and move them to reach other items. Pull-out shelves not only allow you to quickly extend all the items you store out of the cabinet for easy viewing and access, but you will get and stay more organized. Typically when you use your roll-out shelves and select an item for use...when you return the item it is placed right back in the same spot easily accessible next time you need it.
4. Manage your food pantry
Most households have a food pantry where items are stored in a disorganized fashion. Often some items get pushed all the way to the back and forgotten. You know the old adage, “out of sight, out of mind.” This routinely results in duplicate purchases of the same item(s), while the forgotten inventory in the dark back corner of your pantry expires and would be unsafe to consume. Expired and potentially spoiled food is a waste of money. Slide-out shelves or drawers help you quickly and easily evaluate what items you do have stored. Here is the money-saving shelving solution.
5. Maximize your cabinets
In your kitchen and/or bathrooms you may have face-framed double door cabinets with a wide overall opening. The doors likely close together in the center on top of a center "post" or style as it is called in the millworks world. Installing multiple made-to-fit roll-out shelves, one to the right and one to the left behind each door respectively, would be a great way group items and maximize the functionality of your cabinets. Another consideration to maximize your cabinets and perhaps even give you more storage space are multi-level cabinet organizers. A made-to-fit cabinet organizer like this double deck slide-out system will give you the perfect solution to store low profile items that can be challenging to store and access....like pan lids, spice bottles, cookie sheets, etc.
All of our lives have become busier. Each day is full of many options and opportunities. Don't let a disorganized and cluttered kitchen, pantry or bathroom slow you down.