Add Roll Out Shelving to Your Kitchen Shelves

What You'll Need
Sliding track base and rollers (2)
Wooden pull out shelf that matches the size of the existing shelf
Screwdriver and screws of various sizes

If your kitchen shelves are especially high up or low to the ground, or if they're particularly deep, you may have a difficult time easily reaching all of the items inside of them. Rather than move those items to another area or empty part or all of a shelf in order to reach an item in the back, low down or high up, consider instead the potential benefits of installing roll out shelving. Roll out shelves are easy to use and can be helpful at making all of the items inside of your shelves much more accessible. Read on for a guide on how to install roll out shelving.

Step 1 -- Prepare the Sliding Mechanisms

Both sides of the roll out shelf will require sliding mechanisms. Each mechanism should contain two parts; first, there should be a base which attaches to the inside of the shelving unit, and second, there should be a rolling device which will attach to the shelf. Make sure that the mechanisms are all there and test the roller to be sure that it will slide smoothly in the base.

Step 2 -- Install the Sliding Tracks

Open up the shelving unit and examine the area in which you'll install the sliding track. Use a level to be sure that the sliding track is entirely flat, then insert it into the shelving unit. Repeat on the other side as well. Do not install the sliding tracks yet; first, place the roll out shelf inside of the shelving unit to be sure that the fit is secure.

Next, double check that the tracks are level once again, then install them using the screwdriver and screws. Different mechanisms will require different types of screws, so find a screw size that is appropriate for your project. Double check that the two tracks are level with one another as well.

Step 3 -- Install the Rolling Mechanism

Insert the shelf into the shelving unit and make a mark on the side of the shelf where the top of the rolling mechanism will need to go. Repeat this for the other side as well. Remove the shelf and use the screwdriver to install the roller on one side of the shelf and then again on the other. Use the level to ensure that both of the rolling mechanisms are even with one another.

To insert the shelf into the shelving unit, tip it upward so that the rolling mechanisms at the back of the shelf are in direct contact with the sliding tracks. Gradually and slowly push the shelf into the unit, tipping it downward as you do. The shelving rollers should link into the tracks and make the process of pushing the shelf into the unit much easier. If the shelf doesn't easily roll in, remove it and make sure that the mechanisms are all installed properly.