Building Sliding Shelves For Your Kitchen Building Sliding Shelves For Your Kitchen
Installing sliding shelves in your kitchen cabinets is a great way of making your cabinets easier to use. Sliding shelves allow for the quick retrieval of any item in the cabinet; no longer will you have to move every single can of vegetables just to get to the peanut butter.
Installing sliding shelves in your cabinets is not a difficult task, but it requires patience and attention to detail. But with very basic carpentry skills and this guide, you'll have those shelves installed in no time.
Step One – Preparing the Cabinet
Remove the cabinet doors and any pre-existing shelves in order to give you more space to work. Measure the interior of the cabinet so that you will know what measurements to cut. When measuring, make sure to allow enough room for the sliding rails that are to be connected at the edges of the shelves. Once you have measured for the lengths of the shelves, cut the shelves to match your measurements. Remember to allow enough space at the edges to allow for free and unrestricted movement along the slide rails.
Step Two – Installing the Shelf Standards
Next, fasten two of the shelf standards at opposite sides of the cabinet by screwing them firmly into place. Use your level to ensure that they are aligned in a true vertical position. Shelf standards are used to install shelves so they can be moved or adjusted to varying heights if you decide to change them.
Step Three - Installing the Drawer Slides
Fasten the drawer slides onto the shelf standards. The slides use two small hook-like metal clips that should fit securely into the notches of the standards. Repeat the process on the other shelf standard, ensuring sure that the slides are placed at exactly the same height level on each side.
Step Four – Installing the Sliding Rails
Screw the sliding rail securely to the edge of the shelf. Do the same on the opposite side of the shelf board. Be sure that the rails are aligned properly on each side and that both are flush with the shelf surface.
Step Five – Installing the Shelf Clips
Snap in shelf clips at the end of each sliding rail. Shelf clips keep the shelf from being pulled completely out of the cabinet. When shopping for the shelf clips, make sure to get metals clips; they are much stronger than plastic ones.
Step Six – Putting it All Together
Align the shelf and rails with the drawer slides and gently push. The shelf should now move back and forth easily and comfortably.