How to Turn Fake Boxes Into Real Storage

There is never too much storage space , but only if it is truly functional storage. If you have multiple “drawers” ​​in your kitchen or bathroom that won’t open because they are only for “decorating”, you can turn them into something useful with a little effort.

Depending on how much empty space behind the plywood, real boxes moving on rails or on rails are out of the question – after all, you don’t want them to hit your sink. But drawers or drawers are always on the table. This type of drawer opens at the top with a hinge and has a shallow tray inside that is perfect for storing all the little things that clutter your counters.

They are also inexpensive and easy to install. You can buy a drawer set for about $ 30 that has everything but the drill, or you can just buy the tray and hinges and use your own screws. In terms of installation,this video from the AdamDIY YouTube channel shows how easy it is to do it:

The whole process comes down to 5 simple steps:

  1. Take off the face of the drawer
  2. Screw the hinges into the frame.
  3. Drill guide holes for the hinge and plastic pallet on the front of the drawer.
  4. Screw the hinges into the front of the drawer.
  5. Attach the plastic tray

That’s pretty much it. Adam estimates that this project will take you between 30 minutes and an hour, but even if it takes a little longer, this is definitely a project you can complete in the afternoon and enjoy every day after that.

This article was originally published on April 13, 2013. It was updated on April 29, 2021 with updated links and instructions that reflect the current Lifehacker style guidelines.

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