The kitchen is often a busy space. In order to get the most out of your kitchen, you may want to consider adding pull-out drawers. These are great for storing things that you use often or that you need in a hurry, like cooking utensils and spices. But before you start, it’s important to know what to measure and what tools you’ll need to complete this project with ease. In this article, I will show step-by-step how to add pull-out lockers to kitchen cabinets.
Why Do You Want To Add Pull Out Drawers
Pull-out drawers are great for making your kitchen more functional. They allow you to store things that you use often and they provide an easy way to access those items. If your cabinets are cluttered or not accessible, pull-out lockers will make it easier to find what you need without pulling everything out of the cabinet.
How To Install Pull Out Drawers In Kitchen Cabinets
In order to install pull out lockers in your kitchen cabinet, you’ll need the following:
A drill and drill bits that match the size of your drawer slides. You can also ask for a drill bit set as an alternative.
Something to measure with, like a ruler or a measuring tape
Wood screws that are long enough to go through the slide and into the cabinet. You may also need screws if you want to attach the locker slides to your cabinet.
Step 1: Find where you want to put the pull out drawer
The first step is finding where you want to put your drawer. This will depend on what items you use most often in your kitchen and where they are currently stored. For example, if I wanted to store my cooking utensils near my stovetop, I would find a cabinet near my stovetop and install the pull-out drawer there. Once you have found the appropriate spot for your pull-out drawer, make sure there is enough room left over after installation so that it doesn’t interfere with other items in your cabinet. If not, consider moving the position of your locker so that enough room is still available after installation.
Next measure how large of an opening you need for your new pull-out drawer; this will be slightly larger than the actual size of the locker itself. Make sure there is at least one inch on each side of space leftover before measuring! Once again, if not enough
Determine How Many Pull Out Drawers You Need
The first step to adding pull-out drawers to your kitchen cabinets is determining how many you need. You want to measure the space you have available and then determine the height of the cabinet. In general, you should only add about one drawer for every 12 inches in height. For example, if you have a 36-inch cabinet, then you would only have room for one drawer. But if you had a 60-inch cabinet, then you’d have enough room for two lockers.
Step-by-step how-to add Pull out Drawers in Kitchen Cabinets
First, measure the space you wish to add pull-out drawers. You will want to measure the length and width of the space. The height of your drawer should be as deep as it needs to be for the desired items you will store in it.
Second, purchase your locker slides. These are the metal hinges on each side that allow you to open and close the drawer. They come in various lengths and heights, so make sure you get ones that match your measurements.
Third, assemble the slides on top of each other. Make sure they are lined up evenly, with their holes aligned.
Fourth, attach a plastic runner to the bottom of one slide (this is for stability).
Fifth, attach an upper runner onto the top of one slide (this is for stability).
Sixth, attach a felt stopper to each side of one slide (this prevents scratching and sliding when opening/closing).
Seventh, place the upper runner onto the lower runner (these are now connected by screws or bolts).
Eighth, line up screws or bolts with holes in both runners and drill them in place with a power drill or screwdriver (leave enough room between runners for lockers to open fully).
Pick The Right Size Drawer Slides
The first thing you need to do is measure the opening in your cabinet. Then, buy locker slides that are the right size. Drawer slides come in a variety of sizes and styles, so be sure to get the correct ones.
Install The Slides and Attach The Drawer To The Cabinet
The first thing you need to do is measure the cabinets. Measure from the top of the cabinet down to where the drawer will be and make sure that there’s enough room for a full drawer. You can attach the slides to the inside of your cabinet with screws. Next, attach the drawer to the cabinet, making sure that it is level. If you want to install more than one locker, make sure that they are even before attaching them together.
How To Add Pull-Out Drawers In Kitchen Cabinets
1. Measure the depth of your cabinets to determine the length of your locker slides.
2. Purchase your drawer slides and place them inside a 2×4 or some other material that will span the width of your cabinet so that you can identify where to drill holes for the screws in order to attach them to the bottom of your cabinet.
3. Attach locker slides inside your cabinet by drilling screws into the pre-drilled holes on the underside of the slide, then screwing into studs at least 3 inches away from the side and back walls (to avoid being drilled through).
4. Measure and cut plywood to size using a circular saw or table saw.
5. Cut out a “drip-edge” (strip of wood) on top of plywood using a jigsaw or router with a straight edge guide (for safety measures).
6. Apply glue to both surfaces of plywood before attaching it to the underside of the cabinet with screws spaced every 12 inches around the perimeter, making sure not to use too many screws in any one location as this could cause splitting in the wood when too much pressure is applied there during operation of drawer.
7. Repeat the process for each additional section needed for pull-out drawers in kitchen cabinets (you’ll need three sections if you want two lockers).
Finishing Touches And Adding Handles
Once you’ve measured your space, you can start installing the drawer. First, attach the drawer slide to the cabinet with screws. Next, install the bottom bracket and attach it to both ends of the pull-out drawer. Add a handle to make it easier for people who are pulling out the lockers. The last step is adding finishing touches by filling any gaps or screw holes with wood filler and priming it with paint or wood sealer.
What Tools You’ll Need
To complete this project, you will need a measuring tape and the following tools:
- A drill
- Hole saw or hole cutter
- Drill bits with different sizes for drilling pilot holes
- Countersink drill bit with matching shank size
- Face shield or safety goggles
- Hand saw
- Pencil and ruler to mark the measurements on the cabinet side panel.
Pull-out drawers are a great way to store things in your kitchen cabinets and get them out quickly and easily. But before you start, you have to figure out what you’re storing, how many drawers you need, which size drawer slides to buy, how best to mount the slides to your cabinet and how to attach the locker to the cabinet. Once you follow these steps, your pull-out drawers should be installed and working like a charm!