Hidden "Pull Out" Trash Can for Kitchen or Bath

Introduction: Hidden "Pull Out" Trash Can for Kitchen or Bath

This is my first post, but I wanted to take a moment for a little back story.  I am redecorating/remodeling an older home on basically no budget.  Most of what I am doing are short term fixes until the real demolition can begin.  SInce we all know that necessity is the mother of invention and ingenuity, I had a light bulb moment this morning while trying to justify shelling out $60-$100 for a pull out trash can to put in the cabinet, which I was going to have to do because I am tired of moving the trash can into another room because of my beloved " necessity".  SInce I decided to post this after I did it, there are only a few pics, but it's so simple that I am not sure why I took so long to think of it " DUH"

You will need 9 simple items to hide your trash can if you have a necessity ( mine is named Phoenix) or you just don't like to look at your trash.

1- small plactic trash can that will fit inside of your chosen cabinet with room to spare ( the office type work well)
3- wood screws 1- 1 1/2 in long ( you will want to measure the thickness of your cabinet door, keep it shorter)
3- metal washers  1 1/12 in diameter with center hole small enough that your chosen screw will not fall through
1- screwdriver ( type to match chosen screw) i used a racheting one for easier installation will have to fit in trash can
1- ice pick, awl or other sharp tool to punch hole through plactic of trash can

Step 1:

You will want to choose a wide single door cabinet in which to " stash your trash"  and measure the cabinet opening.  I just guessed by taking a trash can that I had around the house and tucked it into the cabinet.  I then placed the long side of the trash can against the inside of the door ( holding on from over the top of cabinet door).  I moved the door as if closing, and adjusted the position of the can left to right to make sure that it would clear the cabinet frame on all sides while opening and closing.  I used a sharpie to draw a line across top and down side so that I would be able to reposition later.

Step 2:

Next, decide where you want to place the screws on the trash can.  The top of my can has a lip on it and I wanted to still be able to slide a trash bag over the top, so I placed mine about a 1/4 of the way down and spaced then across the long side of the can.
Once you have decided where to place the screws, use the ice pick to bore 3 holes into the trash can for the screws.  Place a screw through each washer and then screw each one through the plastic. 

Step 3:

Once you have all 3 screws with washer screwed into the holes in the trash can, line the can up with the lines drawn on the inside of the cabinet door. 
At this point, you can go ahead and screw each screw into the wood of the cabinet door ( I started with the center screw) It is a little tough to get the screws going this way, so you can take the option to partially pre drill the screw holes, just be careful that you have them lined up so that the door will still close.
tighten all three screws down so that the can is firmly secured on the inside of the cabinet door. 
Please note that the general shape of your trash can and whether or not it has any kind of a lip on top, will determine if you will be torquing the screws all the way in , or just enough to support the can in place.

Step 4:

Once all screws are tightened as they need to be, place trash bag in can, and now you will not come home to find your trash all over the house and "Necessity" hiding in the corner acting like nothing happened.

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    6 years ago

    I Give you two Thumbs up One for a Great instructable idea and second thumb up cause I know That look that's saying "What? I was laying here? Garbage? Dont know really??" Sure!! LoL
    Good job.


    9 years ago on Step 4

    Yes, I have a 'necessity' too, his name is Tank(eats like 1 too) I am currently making cabinet for trashcan(tilt or drawer slide, haven't decided yet) But your is WaY easier and just as effective! I, too, kept walking after seeing prices of stores pull-outs, especiallyknowing I had @least half doz drawer slides I salvaged from a busted dresser on curb one day. Those light bulb moments make our lives a little brighter...yet for a sec, make us feel a little dimmer(for not thinking of it sooner;)