Heavy-duty slide-out solution for crawlspace

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Heavy-duty slide-out solution for crawlspace

I have a crawl space under one of my staircases, so it's triangular in shape. Dimensions: 32" W x 30" H x 60" D (depth at bottom). As you can see in the photo, it's separated by a 2x4 in the middle.

I use it to store paint and other home improvement related stuff. The boxes are heavy and pulling them out is a pain, so it's hard to reach stuff that further in. So I am thinking of putting in some sort of slide-out shelf on either side of the 2x4 so I could pull it out. Similar to pantry roll-out cabinet except it has to be much heavier duty and bigger (more or less the full 60" of depth) than anything for kitchens. Problem is, I can't find anything that's would fit the bill. I find either something light-duty for kitchens or industrial roll-out solutions that are way too massive for me. Would you recommend something? I can try to build it myself from proper parts or buy a ready-made solution, although I am trying to keep cost down. Obviously, it does not need to be pretty, but it does have to be solid enough to hold a fully pulled out shelf of ~60" in length loaded with a lot of weight.

I forgot to mention something important that's not visible from the photo: the opening is at my waist level, not at the floor level.

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Drawer Slides

Google "60 inch drawer slides". You will need two pairs.
 
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Old 07-22-17, 04:40 PM
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here is a page of drawer slides. 60 inch are around 200+ dollars
https://www.google.com/search?q=60+i...utf-8&oe=utf-8
 
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A piece of " plywood and four casters.

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I am not going to recommend a specific slide yet, obviously you need full-extension heavy duty slides with (bottom mount brackets?) Bottom mount would be best IMO.

Check out Blum and Accuride but you are looking at around $300 or more.

You don't need 60" slides. You can get shorter slides, 32" for example, and the shelf/tray can be longer than 32".
In other words the back of the shelf will not fully extend out to the front, but you will be greatly reducing the distance you need to reach in.
 
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If that were mine I sure would not want to spend anything near $200 to $300 for a small storage area.

it does have to be solid enough to hold a fully pulled out shelf of ~60" in length loaded with a lot of weight.
How much weight is "a lot"?
 
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Yes that might work but I need to figure out some type of fold down to roll the cart onto, since the opening is not at floor level
 
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A piece of " plywood and four casters.
Ray, this was my first idea, also. But then I read this part of his post:

I forgot to mention something important that's not visible from the photo: the opening is at my waist level, not at the floor level.
 
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https://www.ebay.com/i/391801943893?...D1279200348779


They use to sell these at big box stores, maybe still do. I put them under a fridge and another under a 1000 pound fire proof cabinet, which i then loaded up, on concrete and it pulled straight out fine. Normal casters just cause me issues with heavy stuff, even 200lb rated ones, unless on perfectly smooth surfaces and straight pull out guided. Just screw them onto a 3/4" plywood, they are straight rollers. Would this work?
 
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