Introduction: Simple Diy Solution to Kitchen Cabinet Blind Corner

My wiser half suggested a simple sliding shelf as a solution to our blind corner. It worked so well I thought I would do a short instructable. Others may find the idea useful. This concept is much simpler than the complicated system I had been planning.

Step 1: Add the Drawer Slides

My cabinet is a work in progress so I have good access to the inside. It makes the job easier, but it could be easily done to an existing cabinet.

I added wood support strips to the cabinet sides and attached the drawer sides. I used heavy duty sliders which were rated for 100 pounds of weight.

Step 2: Make a Drawer Bottom

I should be embarrassed to show such crude construction, but it worked well and will be easy to clean. I cut two strips of pine and attached scraps of melamine that I had left over from making the cabinets.

The wood will be sealed and given a coat of varnish. the seems of the melamine will be sealed with kitchen and bath caulk.

Step 3: Install the Shelf to the Drawer Slides

In my case, the shelf is about 3 feet long and the open space at the end is about 2 feet. The slides are 22 inches. I left only enough space to install the shelf to the slides.

there are a lot of videos and instruction on how to install drawers, so I won't go into the details here.

Step 4: Load Your Pots and Pans

To make the system work you just load up the shelf, push it back, and place pots in the normal spot in the cabinet. To get at an item in the back part of the blind corner, you need to remove the pans in the cabinet and slide the shelf forward.

What impressed me about this system is that it takes only a few seconds of removing pans to get complete access to 3 feet of blind space and it is quite simple to build.

I plan to make a second set of shelves, just high enough to fit the rice cooker under them. This will allow us to make good use of this "hard-to-get-at" space.

I hope you find some use for this simple concept.
regards,
Clifton

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