Q. I’m in the planning process to remodel my kitchen. As I get older, I am less limber and getting down on my hands and knees to pull things from my cabinets is becoming more of a challenge.
A kitchen designer I am working with was singing the praises of incorporating custom slide-out shelves to gain easy access to pots, pans and appliances stored inside my new cabinets.
I have always had sturdy fixed shelves inside my cabinets. Would a pull-out shelf be able to handle nearly 100 pounds of heavy pots and pans? And, are there other products that might make storing and accessing household items easier and more convenient?
A. You’re going to thank your lucky stars that you crossed paths with this kitchen designer. Short answer: Yes. In your new kitchen, you should install as many made-to-fit slide-out shelf products as your budget permits — and not only in your kitchen, but also your pantry, bathrooms, linen cabinets and laundry. And to address any concern regarding strength and durability, simply make sure the manufacturer and brand of cabinet organizers you purchase utilize heavy-duty steel ball-bearing glides rated for 100 lbs. or more.
The Slide-A-Shelf brand of slide-out organizers are ergonomically designed using (high) quality cabinet drawer glides and premium wood materials. They glide extremely easily and are built to last.
Don't confuse the custom fitted cabinet organizers I'm talking about with the “off-the-shelf” fixed dimension products available at the major home improvement retailers. You want to maximize your storage space with slide-out organizers that fit your cabinets perfectly.
Also, two popular alternative cabinet organizers is a multi-level system with retractable upper level, or an adjustable two or three tier tower system. In some cases these models can increase storage capacity or be perfect to maximize space in very narrow cabinets…as is the case with the tower models.
If you do remodel your existing cabinets, retrofit as many as possible with good quality made-to-fit made cabinet organizers; you will never again have to get on your hands and knees to store and access items in your cabinets.