Making the Most of Storage Space Under the Sink! | Thrifty Decor Chick


An affordable and easy way to install rolling storage containers in under
the sink cabinets!

This is a great way to utilize ALL of the storage space under your kitchen
or bathroom cabinets. It makes the most of the vertical space in that
awkward spot as well. 

I’m so excited about this easy alternative to more expensive rolling cabinet
drawers. I shared
the DIY rolling shelving version
I used in our new and improved pantry a couple of weeks ago. 

If you have some do-it-yourself skills that is a great option you can
customize to the exact size and depth that you need. But if you’d rather not
DIY, I found a really affordable ready made version that may work for your
needs!

I started making these myself because most of the store bought options are
usually more money than I’d like to spend. But a reader shared this option
with me and I had to try it out. It’s the
Hallbar pull out frame
IKEA Hallbar easy roll out

There are two bonuses to this product — one, it’s affordable. About the
same price as the drawer slides that I use for my DIY versions. But the best
part is it comes (pretty much) ready to go. You pull it out of the box and
the slides are already attached and ready to be installed. 

It’s marketed as a roll out tray for recycling bins, but I knew I could find
other uses for it. 🙂

light gray cabinets in pantry

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But I already had the drawer slides for this last roll out shelf, and had
just enough scrap wood left to make it: 

DIY roll out pet food storage
It’s perfect for our
pet food storage bins! These containers are nice and large and the lids seal really tight. 

So instead I tried this Ikea pull out under our kitchen sink! The plastic
bin we had down there was too small and didn’t keep things as organized as
I’d like. 

I pulled everything out of the cabinet and cleaned inside well. I always
wonder HOW a space like this gets so dirty? I wiped down the bottom of the
cabinet and vacuumed out all of the mess. 

Then I decluttered some random items that had found there way down there and
started figuring out how to store what was left. 

inexpensive under cabinet pull out tray

Installation is easy — just pull out the slides underneath and attach them
to the bottom of the cabinet with screws. 

I like that these are nice and compact but use the vertical space better.
The width of the tray doesn’t take up much room and yet you can store a lot
of stuff! 

The base sits up just a bit, so it clears the frame on the bottom of our
cabinets nicely. The tray operates smoothly and  fully extends out of
the cabinet: 

The Hallbar has a concave base, so the small IKEA trash bins fit inside
perfectly. 

It also comes with a frame that holds the cans: 

IKEA Hallbar frame

The frame allows you to drop the trash cans in from the top. Unfortunately
the tall frame was hitting our plumbing in the back of the cabinet, so I
wasn’t able to use that part. 

Turns out I didn’t need it! I fit everything we keep under our sink on the
tray. The taller items like extra dish soap, fruit wash and long scrub
brushes fit perfectly:

easy under sink storage
I put one of
my favorite plastic bins
in the back to hold the excess dishwasher pods, since the pipes were
slightly in the way of the trash can and I had to move it forward just a
bit.
These
small trash bins from Ikea are awesome — the lid stays open when you need it to and
they have a handle for easy carrying: 
IKEA pull out trash bins

I think this under the kitchen sink organizer would be useful for so many
things!:

  • I already had the bins for our pet food, but wouldn’t these be great as
    well? They aren’t air tight, but the lid does stay put. They would be
    great with a scoop inside for easy pet feedings. 
  • They would make for great cleaning caddies to store cleaning supplies!
    You could store rags in one and cleaning products in another and carry
    them around the house. They clean up very easily.
  • Take trash bags out of the boxes and stand them upright inside the bins
    for easy access.
  • You could use these without the bins for pantry drawers — keep packaged
    snacks or food in the base and they won’t fall out. Without the frame
    they are only a few inches tall. 
  • Of course, they’d also work well as intended for recycling. But the
    three gallon bin I used would be really small for that. You wouldn’t be
    able to fit much in there. 

If you have a basket or bin that fits inside the concave base, this option
makes for an easy pull out you can tailor to your needs. You could even
install a cabinet pull to grab when pulling it in and out! (Do this before
you install the tray so you can screw it in underneath). 

By the way, the trash cans come with a little insert that holds your
trash liners in place.

They even include a small label for the lid so you can keep track of
what’s inside. 🙂 

This was the final result after the clean out, declutter and with the new
pull out tray installed: 

organized under kitchen sink

Here’s what we keep under the sink along with the supplies in the rolling
tray: 

  • An inexpensive trash can works as our recycling bin. We empty it into
    the garage bin a couple times a week. 
  • We keep our paper towels underneath the sink — I use paper towel bar
    with an open end, installed at an angle for easy access. 
  • There is always a fire extinguisher within reach!
  • Watering cans are under the sink to feed
    my fiddle leaf babies
  • The plumbers who installed our sink used a thick rubber band to hold the
    tools for the disposal — I love that! Check out this
    easy broken garbage disposal fix
    if you ever have issues with yours. 🙂 

I swear I can go into IKEA one hundred times and there’s still so many
items I never see! 

I love that my reader suggested this as an alternative to the pull out
drawer — I had to share it with you. With a couple tweaks and out of the
box thinking, there are SO many ways to use this inexpensive pull
out. 



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