Retrofitting old framed cabinets--any great ideas/experiences?

artemis78March 14, 2013

Can't find much in the archives on this, though somebody must have encountered this before...

I have a large, open framed cabinet that I'd like to retrofit with something useful--drawers would be amazing, but even just roll-out shelves or something similar would add functionality. This is actually in our bathroom, but I think these are the old kitchen cabinets from our 100-year-old home that were moved in a long-ago remodel. This space originally housed plumbing and has a flush inset door with mesh in it that we've removed since it doesn't open or close smoothly. It can be adapted to reuse it, or we can get new doors/drawer fronts/whatever.

It's basically a giant empty space, 22" deep, about 30" wide, and 24" tall, give or take. Above it are a bank of drawers, a shelf, and a tall cabinet. We are fine with losing some of the space if it means what remains will be more functional. We store towels and bath toys here now behind a curtain, but can rearrange storage easily. It's generally just a giant abyss where we throw things in and hope we will be able to find them later. Shelves are one obvious solution but wondering if there is something more functional, since it's on the deep side for standard shelving.

Any thoughts or ideas on how to retrofit this? Pretty sure I can do it by mounting a piece of wood on the side and attaching a standard drawer slide, but not sure that this is the best plan. Thanks!

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Here's a good selection of different types that seem pretty useful.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bathroom cabinet pullouts

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 11:10AM
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Although I like those roll out shelves from the Container Store, they don't come in very useful sizes for your space. Here is one from Home Depot that is a better fit:

Assembled Depth (in.) 22 in Assembled Height (in.) 3.75 in
Assembled Width (in.) 31 in Cabinet Type WOOD

It's a little wide, but it says cut to fit - not sure how that works.

Another possibility is to have a carpenter in to make roll-out shelves just for that cabinet and add a door. Years ago, my MIL sent a carpenter to re-fit our kitchen cabinets. This was the peninsula (now tool storage outside)

This is the backside of a cabinet that was beside the stove with roll-outs added to existing shelves, but the same thing is doable without pre-existing shelves. The top is the original drawer.

Here is a link that might be useful: Home Depot shelf

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 11:44AM
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