Best DIY RV Mods To Optimize Your Storage Space


Most RVs include a decent amount of storage space. The problem is finding a way to store what you need in a way that is functional in everyday life. It’s often difficult to access items in storage because many storage areas are too deep, too low, or too high to be convenient.

Fortunately, there are lots of ways to optimize your RV to ensure your storage items are quick and easy to access. DIY sliding storage is one of the simplest modifications to make the most of your space. You’ll be surprised how a little RV mod can make a big difference in your organization and peace of mind.


Slide Storage For Tool Boxes

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You can keep your tools organized in your RV the same way you do at home by installing a metal tool chest. The same toolbox that might seem too wide or difficult to access becomes a compact way to store your tools for RV repairs when mounted on heavy duty drawer slides or a (shown) locking heavy duty drawer slide that locks in the open and closed position. The chest can be stored sideways and slide out from its storage compartment when in use.


Slide Storage For Coolers

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This simple modification allows you to keep your cooler accessible when you need it and out of sight when not in use. You can simply slide out the cooler to open it rather than having to haul it out of a compartment or down the steps of your RV. This mod also keeps your cooler from moving around during travel.


Slide Storage Cargo Trays

Slide Storage Cargo Trays

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You want to store the items you use outside of your RV in undercarriage storage, so make storing those items as organized and efficient as possible. Sliding trays allow you to keep equipment like black water drainage tubes close at hand. You can keep cleaning supplies, oil, and gas sorted and secured in a simple DIY sliding cargo tray. This project doesn’t require heavy-duty slides, but make sure the slide framing can hold up your storage tray when fully extended.


Dinette Bench Storage Pull-Outs

Dinette Bench Storage Pull-Outs

Dinette storage is an underutilized storage spot in RVs because it is usually difficult to access. A simple solution: install lightweight baskets to slide out from the storage space. You can fill up the whole compartment and just slide out the contents when you need it.


Trash Can Slide

Trash Can Slide

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A common problem in an RV is where to put the trash can. You want it easy to reach and out of sight at the same time. With this mod you can utilize nearly any cabinet as trash can storage. Use a cabinet slider kit to install a sliding tray and find the right size trash can to fit. A kit with just the sliders allows you to customize the slides to fit any cabinet space.


Pantry Slides

Pantry Slides

Installing pantry slides is a mod with several benefits. First, you can increase your pantry space in your RV by adding layers of storage to each cabinet. It can improve the efficiency of your kitchen space, too– no more losing food in the back of the cabinet. Your items will also stay in place better sitting in more individualized spaces.


Pull-Out Shelves For Pots And Pans

Pull-Out Shelves For Pots And Pans

Finding a space for everything can be an issue in an RV kitchen, and double pull out shelves is a great way to double your storage for pots and pans. Not only does it turn one cabinet into two, this mod can also help you keep your kitchen tools organized and tidy.


Pull-Down Cabinet Storage


Pull-Down Cabinet StorageThose high, skinny cabinets in your RV can finally be put to good use. Instead of lining the bottom with a single row of items, or installing a second shelf that’s so high up you can’t reach it, modify those cabinets with pull down racks. They can be locked in their lowered position for hands-free use and are perfect for storing glasses or stackable kitchen items, like plates and bowls.


Outdoor Cabinet Slides

Outdoor Cabinet Slides

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With a set of cabinet slides and a little DIY woodworking, you can transform any outdoor compartment into a useful storage cabinet. Full extension slides will let you pull out the cabinet or drawer entirely so you can access all its contents. You’ll want to create the drawer so it maximizes the space and still moves in and out on the slides with ease.


RV Mods For Ultimate Organization

Sliding storage RV mods can save you space and make accessing stored items much easier. Building your own sliding trays requires basic DIY skills, so don’t be too intimidated. Just be sure to measure your space carefully, mount the slides to a suitable surface, and make sure your slides and make sure your slides can hold the weight of both the tray and your cargo.


Ready to get started? You can check out our large selection of drawer slides to find the right components for your DIY RV mods.


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15 Awesome Projects To Use Those Spare Parts You Have Lying Around


If you spend time crafting or doing DIY projects around the house, you probably have a lot of extra materials lying around. For instance, you might have extra scrap wood, nails, screws, corner braces and many other spare parts tucked away in drawers or cabinets. Instead of gathering dust, put these scraps to good use!


Using what you have around the house is a great way to tidy up, keep busy, and complete fun household projects without the cost of buying new supplies. Here are 15 awesome DIY projects that make use of spare parts and put your hands to work:



Rustic Wall Shelving

There is nothing better to bring life to a bare wall than shelving. Rustic wall shelving takes a few spare boards and walnut stain and transforms them into unique rustic shelving for your wall. Using some rope as trim adds to the rustic feel.



An Outdoor Serving Station

If you love entertaining outdoors, this project will enhance your outdoor space so that when the next good weather day rolls around, you will be ready. This serving station contains shelves and a fold-out table platform that you can serve from. With just a few boards, a small wood panel, and some chain, you can easily construct this stylish piece.



Easy Corner Shelves

Corner shelves are great options for hard-to-use spaces. With some pre-cut particle board, some scrap wood and some basic tools, you can adds some very functional shelves to your living space. If you don’t want to use pre-cut boards, you can try an even simpler design with basic boards and corner braces.



Dog House

If you want to pamper your pooch, then try your hand at building an insulated dog house. With some plywood and styrofoam insulation, you can build a dog house that looks just like Snoopy’s. Or you could try a doghouse with a different design.



Bed Frame

You can build a bed frame with the headboard and footboard made from tongue and groove boards. This beautiful piece of furniture will be the highlight of your bedroom.



Light Table

If you have a home office and need a light table, this DIY design is perfect for you. It’s lightweight, mobile, and does not take up a lot room. Best of all, it only costs $60 to build compared to $500 for a commercial light table.



Coat Rack

This simple coat rack made from a few spare boards, creates a trompe l’oeil effect that makes it appear three-dimensional. It is a stylish, space-saving solution that you can create with common spare parts.



Cabinet  Organizer

If you are tired of rummaging through your cabinets for supplies, then this is a great project for you. With just a few pine boards and tools, you can bring order to your kitchen or bathroom cabinets by creating these shelves that attach to the door. You can even add a magnet to hold your bobby pins.



Upholstered Bench

This is a great upcycling project. Take an old coffee table and transform it into a stylish bench. With some tools, stain and nice fabric, you won’t have to take your old coffee table to the dump.



Stacked End Table Shelf

In another upcycling project, you can take an old end table and turn it into a stacked shelf. If you have an end table that has outlived its usefulness, you can cut it apart with a jigsaw and create stacked shelves on a wall. Add a bit of paint to make it a thing of beauty once more.




A pergola, or a wooden archway, is a great addition to your backyard garden. If you have recently built a deck and have extra posts and boards, this is a great project to try. This is a larger project that you might want to tackle over the course of a weekend when the weather is nice.



Industrial Coffee Table

This project uses 2 x 4 planks to create a sturdy top for the table. Adding wheels allows you to move the coffee table around the room. This rugged industrial-style table will be a beautiful addition to your living room.



Rolling Storage Carts

Storage space is at a premium, so these beautiful, industrial-style carts are both useful and beautiful. The bottom of the cart is made from plywood and the sides are made from boards. Attach castors to make it roll.



Drink Bar

This project re-purposes an IKEA Tarva chest of draws into a drink bar. Assemble the frame, but use the wood from the drawers to make doors instead. Add shelves and paint. You’ve got yourself a beautiful place to store your finer beverages when company comes over.



Chalk Board for Your Kitchen

Use chalkboard paint to create a communication center on one of your kitchen walls. This will help your family communicate better by leaving notes in a central location. If you don’t want to paint on a wall, you can also utilize a frame, door panel, or cabinetry.


Have Fun with DIY Projects

These great DIY projects will help you recycle your extra parts, tidy up your spaces, and improve your home. Plus, you’ll have fun while you’re at it! So what are you waiting for? Get started on your next DIY project today.

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5 Home Improvement & DIY Masters You Need to Follow on YouTube

There is an incredible amount of information online for home improvement and DIY projects. This is great news for handyman and crafty-minded folks, but it can be difficult to find the best sources in a sea of information.

For home improvement projects, it’s best to see the project being done by an experienced teacher. There’s no better place to find an experienced teacher visually sharing step-by-step instructions than YouTube. There are several YouTube channels that cover a wide variety of topics on home repair, upgrades, and maintenance. Here are the best YouTube channels for DIY home improvement projects:

FIX IT Home Improvement Channel

FIX IT Home Improvement Channel is run by Jacy Elsesser who has 20 years of experience in home repair and remodeling. Aside from owning hardware stores, he also remodeled properties in the greater Chicago area. His channel covers a wide range of topics including electrical work, plumbing, yard care, kitchen repair, drywall, tool tips, and maintenance. Elsesser also has a weekly podcast, and has published a book on home repair solutions and advice. His videos are great general advice or for beginners.

FIX IT Home Improvement Channel has over 23,000 subscribers on Youtube. Every month it seems more and more people are checking out his helpful videos. In December 2015 the channel received 688,000 views, but by February 2016 monthly viewership had grown to 930,000 views in a month. This is a channel on the rise you won’t want to miss!

Paul’s Toolbox

Paul’s Toolbox is run by Paul Ricalde who has 25 years of experience in home remodeling and also works in the tool industry. His channel covers topics such as gas stove information and maintenance, woodworking, wall repair, reconditioning, and structural repair. His channel offers excellent tips for ‘big project’ repairs such as window installation.

Paul’s Toolbox has over 25,000 subscribers and steady viewership numbers showing small increases over time. Over the last three months, the channel has averaged over 250,000 views per month.

Think Woodworks (Rustic Man)

The Think Woodworks channel (also known as RusticMan1973) is run by Izzy Swan, an innovative and creative woodworker. His videos cover topics such as woodworking how-to’s, tool creation, tool maintenance, creative and innovative woodworking ideas, and art pieces. His channel goes beyond the basics and touches on the creative aspects of many DIY projects. Izzy has a strong online presence with his active website Think Woodworks, Youtube channel, Instagram account, and Facebook account featuring regular content updates.

Think Wordworks has over 250,000 YouTube subscribers with another 30,000 followers combined between Facebook and Instagram. An average of 1.69 million views occur on his YouTube channel every month. You know this many people don’t turn up without a good reason! Think Woodworks delivers.

Matthias Wandel

This self-named channel is run by Matthias Wandel and approaches woodworking from a more engineering-based perspective. His videos (which are more technical in nature compared to others) cover topics such as lathe usage, how to use a grinder, tool repair, furniture building projects, and other tips. His channel is excellent for a more technical approach. is Wandel’s personal website which includes links to his videos and frequently asked questions

Matthias Wandel’s channel currently has over 680,000 subscribers. In terms of views, currently his numbers trend between 8 and 10 million per month. There’s no doubt Wandel’s channel is one of the most popular woodworking channel online.

Woodworking for Mere Mortals (StevinMarin)

Woodworking for Mere Mortals (also known as StevinMarin) is run by Steve Ramsey. The channel is focused on the idea that woodworking is an accessible craft and that you can create great projects without a lot of money or experience. Ramsey’s videos also reflect the “anyone can do it if they try” approach and cover basic how-to’s, project ideas, instruction, and general tips.

Woodworking for Mere Mortals has several different ways to connect including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, as well as an official website and merchandise links which are listed in the channel’s about section. Woodworking for Mere Mortals is great if you’re just starting out or want to learn about new woodworking ideas or projects.

Woodworking for Mere Mortals has over 579,000 subscribers on Youtube, 181,000 likes on Facebook, over 10,000 followers on Twitter, and another 9,000+ on Instagram. The YouTube videos are viewed an average of 3.1 million times every month. Tune in now to see what you’ve been missing!

Improve Your DIY Skills By Learning From The Masters
Youtube offers a lot of information on DIY projects at no cost any time you need it. You can learn from woodworking experts with decades of experiences who publish new videos nearly every week. Not only are these channels popular, they each have their own approach and methods to teaching viewers. You can not only learn about the technical aspects of woodworking, but also practical and creative aspects as well. Hop over to YouTube and start learning today.

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Food Storage Idea For Pet Parents

For those of us who are pet parents, we know just how many items accumulate in regards to our fur-babies.

My two lovely ladies, Hannah and Madi are the apple of my eye.  Hannah is one year old and Madi is eight years old.  hannahandmadiThey both have unique dietary needs.  I have, in the past had up to three dogs, each of which had different dog food requirements.

Needing multiple bags of dry dog food, it was quite an eyesore seeing three large open bags of dry dog food sitting on  the laundry room floor.  All of the dogs were well-behaved and never offered to tip a bag creating an “all you can eat buffet!”  Storage was on my to-do list.


My solution was RV-50-52 & RV-50-17-52 (50 Qt.) Replacement Trash Cans and matching RV-LID-50, lids which are sold separately.  If you have smaller pets or prefer to purchase smaller bags of dry food, these containers also come in RV-35 (35 Qt.) series with matching lids sold separately.

Here is my helpful hint.  As responsible pet parents, we know feeding the proper portions is important to our babies health. The under side of the lid is the best place to post the proper cup/portion feeding for each animal.


Feeding instructions can be found on the side label of your vet recommended brand of pet food. Posting the instructions under the lid prevents overfeeding of your little friends.  I have dogs, but this would work for any animal. All critters need food! Storing the food in this manner keeps the open bags from being tipped over and possibly offering, as I said, the “all you can eat buffet” option. This storage solution also keeps the food free from insects and safe from the occasional-Mus musculus…better known as the house mouse.

The 4WCBM-15DM-1 4WCBM_15DM_LIFESTYLE_Ais a good item for home with a single dog home or multiple pets who share a common dry food.  This item has a soft close feature with rear storage. The lid is not included but I suggest purchasing the lid to keep the contents secure.  This Pull-out has a rear storage compartment which can hold anything from treats, toys, pet shampoos or other grooming items.

I hope this gives other pet parents some ideas on storing your pet foods.  As you can see, Hannah was involved in the creation of pictures for this article. hannafoodcontainersCould it have been the lids were open on the dog food? Probably so.

Now….I need to come up with a solution to store their abundant supply of toys!  Sounds like my next project. I’ll share what I come up with our readers soon!

If you have any ideas to share, leave some feedback. I would love to feature your ideas in a future article.

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How To Choose The Correct Length Full-Extension Drawer Slide

Full extension drawer slides are very popular with cabinet builders and homeowners. This style of slide provides access to all items stored in the drawer by allowing the drawer to extend all the way to the front edge of the cabinet.

The most common full-extension slides used in and around homes are generally rated for 100 lbs.

Why is it important to measure accurately?

By taking the time to measure correctly, you get the correct item and do not have to make returns to the store or online merchant. All this takes up valuable time and adds unnecessary cost to your project.

How do I correctly measure my drawer box?

When measuring your drawer, it is best to completely remove it from the cabinet or dresser. Depending on the type of slide you currently have, it may have a release lever or the drawer simply lifts and can be removed for measuring.

It usually isn’t necessary to remove the old hardware to get your measurement.

To measure the drawer, you take the measurement of only the drawer box. The false front (where the knob or pull attaches to the drawer) is NOT part of the drawer box.

How do I determine my inside cabinet depth?

First, look inside your cabinet for any obstructions, extensions, wooden supports or other structural items that may interfere with the operation of your drawer slides.

Full extension slides are side mounted drawer slides. If you are replacing or upgrading existing drawer slides, bear in mind due to the mounting orientation, you may find it difficult to switch to a full extension slide.

Measure the inside of the cabinet from inside front to the inside back wall. This will give you your cabinet depth.

Why is clearance important?

The common installation width on full extension slides is 1/2″ per side. If you do not have this clearance, you will not be able to install the slides.

To determine your clearance, measure the outside width of the drawer box. Now measure the inside width of the cabinet. For example, if your cabinet is 15″ wide (inside cabinet measurement) and your drawer box is 14″ wide (outside drawer box measurement) you will have the 1/2″ on each side to properly install the slides.

There is however, another type of full extension slides with a higher weight rating which have 3/4″ per side installation clearance. I will address that in another blog article.

Selecting your slides!

Now that you have accurately taken your measurements, you can select your drawer slides. If you have the proper clearance with no obstructions to interfere with the function of the slides, all that is left to do is determine what length to order.

If your drawer box is 16″ you would order a 16″ drawer slide. If the drawer measurement  is slightly off and is just a tad shorter than the full 16″ (as an example) 15 -3/4″, you would order the next size shorter to ensure the drawer will fully close.


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Tips For Choosing The Right Drawer Slide

There are 5 critical points to selecting the correct drawer slide for your application. Whether you have new construction or you are retro-fitting drawer slides, these tips will help you select the right slide for the job. Not all drawer slides work for retro-fit projects so when in doubt, ask a Tech Professional for advice.

1- Cabinet depth:

Cabinets come in a variety of depths. Knowing the inside cabinet depth is the main measurement needed when selecting the length of drawer slide to purchase. Drawer slides come in 2″ increments. If you have a 23″ inside cabinet depth, you would need to order a 22″ drawer slide and the rear mounting bracket to make up the additional 1″ of space for proper installation (if the slide needs to be mounted to the rear wall of the cabinet). Frameless cabinets do not need the rear mounting bracket as the slides mount directly to cabinet wall.

2- Drawer length:

Drawer length is critical for “undermount” drawer slides. Undermount slides do not offer the flexibility to “retro-fit” into existing drawer boxes. Also, there is a grooved drawer slide that fits into the recessed side of the drawer. The drawer box is typically made to match the length of the slide.drawer-slides-undermount

3- Installation width…..Space between drawer box and cabinet wall:

The standard installation width of drawer slides is 1/2″ per side of drawer. To determine your installation width, measure the inside cabinet width and the outside width of your drawer. Subtract the drawer width from the cabinet width and you will have the installation width of the drawer slide you need to purchase.

There are heavy-duty slides available for more substantial uses. Generally those slides have a 3/4″ per side installation width. Keep in mind where the smaller weight capacity drawer slides have detachable members, the heavy-duty slides do not come apart for installation.

4- Weight of drawer box and contents (Weight Load):

As a general rule, 100 lb. capacity slides are used for most applications. There are drawer slides with lower weight ratings that can be used for light-weight drawers. Drawers that carry heavier loads, (in the kitchen) for example, should have a 100 lb rating as they have heavier use and store heavier items than a drawer, for example, storing light weight DVDs.

Keep in mind, the weight of the drawer counts toward the load the slide will carry.

5- Environment-(Coastal compared to being inland)

Stainless steel drawer slides are used for coastal/humid regions where the slide has more exposure to temperature and humidity variations.

Zinc plated drawer slides are generally used for most applications as long as weather fluctuation is not a factor.


OVISonline link to Drawer Slide Category

NOTE:  Another point to consider is the function and cost of the slides. The cost of drawer slides can be relatively inexpensive for a basic partial extension slide. Upgrades such as full extension, full extension with “soft close” feature, undermount with “soft close”, or the heavy-duty 500 lb. weight capacity rating, add to the overall cost of the slides.

When upgrading your cabinets, it may cost a bit more for the full extension-soft close slides, but the extra cost is a re-gained if you decide to sell your home. Buyers in the market for a new home, like the upgraded touches in kitchens and bathrooms that soft close drawer slides offer.


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We Are Green

Here at OVIS, we are trying to do our part to help reduce the amount of foam packing peanuts used each year.
John Shredder

In 2009, we purchased a cardboard packing shredder to reduce the amount of foam packing peanuts we use each year. By using the packing boxes sent to from our vendors, we can eliminate the need for mass amounts of packing peanuts for the large/heavy items we ship to our customers. The shredded cardboard pads better for heavy items than the foam peanuts, which compress under the weight of the Cookware Organizers and Wire Pull-out Baskets we carry.

Cardboard is shredded weekly here at OVIS for packing material. The shredder takes a solid piece of cardboard into the front end of the machine and once the blades do their magic, the end result is a flexible/stretchable piece of shipping material.

There is never a dull moment with John around.

Being green is fun!

Many types of cardboard can be safely used as compost. has a wonderful and article about which types of cardboard can be composted easily. The shredded product we use is perfect for the home gardener to add to their compost pile. It is easy to tear apart into smaller pieces and the shredded texture will allow the material to breakdown faster resulting in a great soil conditioner.

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Door Mounted Spice Rack-Are Your Shelves In The Way?

565 Series Door Mount Spice Rack-Organizer

I had a customer call today needing an RMA for a 565-10-52 Door Mount Spice Rack. It seems that her cabinet shelves were not allowing her to use the product and also close her cabinet door. I issued her RMA and while offering her a possible product for her dilemma, I thought to myself that this could be a good blog article. carries a variety of Rev-a-Shelf, Door Mount Spice Racks. From the budget friendly 565 Series, to the top of the line 4ASR Series, you are sure to find one that will work for you.

Let me begin with the 565 Series. This Spice Rack is made of Heavy Gauge White Wire and installs quickly with only 4 screws.  The top three shelves are for your bottled spices and has a lower rack for larger containers like jars of bullion cubes, etc. The shelves are not adjustable and offers little flexibility when installing.  Yes, you could raise or lower your cabinet shelves to accommodate the unit, (unless you have shelves that are fixed in place), but if you are like me, you have that cabinet already set for other items and raising the cabinet shelves would result in rethinking what you are already storing in the cabinet. Call me lazy, but I look for a fast and easy “Mess to Managed” project.

4SR Series Door Mount Spice Rack-Organizer

Next in the series are the 4SR units. These are made from birch/maple hardwood and will match to about any cabinet finish. The 4SR series offers three shelves for storing spices which have chrome front rails making this unit sleek and stylish. Again, the only draw back with this unit is the shelves are not adjustable. You could adjust your cabinet shelves or mount the unit to where the spice rack will not hit your cabinet shelves. There is no guarantee that this will work for all customers applications.  You may end up returning the product for the same reason as the customer I helped earlier today.

Quick Tip: Always look for PDF files that show you the measurements of the product. PDF’s can save you from returning an item that just doesn’t quite work for you. Keep this in mind: Manufacturers supply one image of the entire product line so-never, never, never, shop by the picture. I can’t tell you how many times I hear “It looked bigger/smaller in the picture”.  Print the PDF out and take it to your cabinet so you can see how the rack will fit in your cabinet before you order. (I am sharing, not preaching. I “assumed” when I ordered something from another website and got an item that smaller than what I thought I was ordering).

4ASR Series Door Mounted Spice Rack-Organizer

The 4ASR series has adjustable shelves which allows much more flexibility when you install the unit on your cabinet door. You still have the birch/maple hardwood with the chrome front rail so you still have a stylish unit. The 4ASR comes with 2 slotted standards which allows you to place the spice shelves where you need them. Keep in mind when you have the unit mounted it takes up 4″ inside your cabinet when you close the door. (Note product image) Personally, this is the unit I would recommend to everyone. Yes, it is the most expensive, but by the time you return another unit that may not work with your shelves, you could have put the money wasted in return shipping into this little beauty and had a unit that gives you more flexibility when you install it.

I hope this little article helps you out if you are in the market for a way to organize your spices. It never hurts to take a second look at the cabinet you intend to use the product in. It takes the fun out of “Mess to Managed” projects when you have to return an item that does not work for your application. If you find yourself thinking, “Will my shelves possibly be in the way?” The 4ASR just may be the answer for you!

Do you have an item you want to know more about? Have you recently installed a spice rack? I would love to see pictures of your completed projects or even see what you are trying to organize. Don’t forget to leave feedback.

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Cabinet Knobs and Pulls: Simple Project Start To Finish!

Are you building a new kitchen? Are you giving your old cabinets a fresh look? No matter which project your are about to embark on….keep this in mind- Decorative Cabinet Hardware is like the frosting on the cake and we all love cake! No, wait? Maybe it’s we all love frosting?  Anyway, I’m getting off point…. Long before I started my “Mess to Managed” projects, I swapped out my cabinet pulls. It is a very fast and easy project that takes only an hour or so once you get your hardware style picked out. I personally like a solid pull. They are easier to keep clean but I dearly love the more ornate style. If it weren’t for baking and possibly getting dough in them, I would swap mine out again in a heartbeat. Simple functionality works for me.

A few things to keep in mind: Before ordering knobs and pulls, be sure to find out if screws are included. Although screws are generally included, there are knobs that do not come with them. The more budget friendly-inexpensive plastic knobs and pulls usually do not include screws. Knowing this ahead of time saves in needing to order screws or make a trip to the hardware store later.  Also, depending on the thickness of cabinet doors and drawer fronts, the screws provided may be too short. Manufacturers have one set length of screw for their product and these do not always work for all customers applications. If that is the case, buy breakaway screws.  This type of screw allows you to easily cut it to the length you need.

OK, I mentioned I did a little swap out of my pulls. I am telling you this because I came up two pulls short for my project. When ordering your knobs and pulls take the time to get an accurate count. It is easy to overlook the small upper cabinets in kitchens when doing your count. Also, consider ordering a few extra of the items. Years of use can take a toll on the most used hardware. Ordering extras will ensure you have a replacement if you need one later. Remember, as with today’s fashion styles, hardware also changes with the times. What is available today may not be around 5 years from now.

If your doors and drawers are already drilled, be sure to measure the distance between the two holes for the pulls.  Because the distance varies, it is important to know the spacing between the two holes. Pulls are measured using the “Center to Center” measurement of the holes. 

If you are replacing old hardware to give your older cabinets or furniture a fresh look, you may have an unusual center to center measurement making it hard to find new pulls. Quick Tip:  If this happens consider using a back plate to cover your old set of holes.

If your cabinet doors and drawers are new, consider where you would like your knobs to be positioned on the door.  Basic rule of thumb, on wall cabinets, the knobs are generally 4” above the bottom of the door. On base cabinets, placement is about 3-4” from the top of the door.

After you have established the approximate placement of your knobs, you should make a template or a pattern.  This will help keep the knobs at a uniform level throughout your kitchen, with little room for error. Make a backward “L” shaped block of wood with enough overhang on one side that it will fit on the door. This simple trick will make it very easy to do your measurements.

Use small pieces of wood for the “L” shaped frame, and use a thin piece of plywood or other thin wood for the light blue area. By placing the thin wood on top of the frame (dark blue) you have created a pattern/template that will fit snugly to the cabinet edge, making it easy to mark the hole where you want the knob placed.

The backward “L” template should resemble and fit like a “steel square” (like what carpenters use) on the corner of your cabinet, and the overlapping part will have a pre-drilled hole at the level that you want your knobs to be.  If you do not have the wood materials to make such a pattern, simply use heavy stock cardboard. Secure your pattern/template in place and use nail set or other device to mark the correct height of your knobs. The final step is to drill your holes. It is easy to scratch the finish of your cabinet doors. Quick Tip: An easy way to prevent this from happening, is to put a bit of masking tape on the surface before you drill.  If you happen to drill too enthusiastically it will prevent help prevent the drill from scratching the door.

The screws are inserted from the back of the door into the knob and screwed tightly to the cabinet door.  You could also countersink the holes you have drilled before screwing on the knobs.  This will keep the head of the screw from sticking out from the back of your cabinet. Although countersinking your screws eliminates the screw head from protruding slightly, it is not a necessary step and in no way interferes with the functionality of your cabinet or cabinet hardware.

I hope this little article helps you when purchasing pulls and knobs. Remember, hardware comes in many styles that can coordinate with the overall style of your kitchen.  Whether it is a new installation or you are just doing a little facelift…a simple swap of hardware can give your kitchen a whole new look on even the tightest budget. And don’t forget….count twice….order once! When you are done send me your pictures!

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Project Insomnia: Lookout Laundry Room!

I have battled insomnia for most of my adult life. Before starting my Mess to Managed projects, I would usually surf the channels and see what my late night buddies, Jay, Dave and Jimmy were up to! Those guys are great and always there to keep me company until I finally unwind and fall back asleep. As of last night, the guys have had to take a back seat.  After a couple of hours of what must have been pretty productive sleep, I awoke at 1:00 am ready to go! “Where did I go” you ask? I’ll tell you where I went! Straight to the laundry room where I was met with piles of dirty laundry heaped upon the floor. Who’s at fault for the mess on the floor? I could blame my two guys but I did say, “Just throw the dirty stuff on the floor and I’ll get to it.” Fortunately, I have a separate laundry room with a door. Quick fix….close the door! Can I get an Amen, if you’ve ever done this?

Before-Mess to Managed Project-Laundry Room

There’s a Double Door-(Face Frame) Base Cabinet beside my washer and dryer. The left side has a utility sink above it and the cabinet measures 21″ height x 21″ width x 22″ deep.  The drain pipe from the sink leaves roughly 7-3/4″ of clearance to the floor of the cabinet.

Drain Clearance

The right side opening has nothing in the way of an obstruction. It is a  21″ height x 21″ width x 22″ deep cabinet that housed a plastic tote which was stuffed with old jeans, that I will never squeeze into again (but have held on to all the same), a small throw blanket, a black apron and a few other odds and ends. On top of the tote was patriotic bunting from the July 4th holiday and a table cloth.  The doors were raised panels, but the panels had been busted out long ago. I emptied the cabinets and found the panels on the bottom of the cabinet floors. The panel to the left I managed to repair and insert in the door frame, but the one to the right was damaged beyond being salvageable. My son, who happened to stumble upon me (and scare me out of my skin), suggested removing the door and the hinges-leaving the cabinet completely open. After very brief consideration, we took the door off!

Emptied Cabinet-Ready To Begin Project Insomnia

The right side is perfect for a Pull-out Hamper Unit. The HPRV-1520 S will work for keeping the laundry off the floor and the dog’s water bowl more accessible to them. I was actually torn between a hamper unit and a waste container unit. I could put a pull-out waste container in the same cabinet and store dog food instead. I love my 3 dogs, but also I hate a pile of dirty laundry on the floor! Looks like mama gets a new HPRV-1520 S. Having removed the door, the hamper will have ample air flow, thus eliminating the possibility of developing a musty smell from the soiled laundry.

The door to the left is a bit more tricky. The measurements are exactly the same as the right, but that utility sink-drain pipe limits what I can use. I have a couple of options.

OPTION 1:  I can install pull out wire basket, a 5WB1-0918-CR, on the right side of the cabinet and that will leave me space to its left for another unit. With a “low profile” height of  7″,  it works under the pipe. It has full extension slides and installs with 4 screws. Most people use this item in their kitchen for storing pots and pans, but it will also work in other areas of the house. The width of the unit is 8-3/8″.  That would leave me roughly 12″ width for a second item.

OPTION 2:  I can use pull out wood drawer, the 4WDB-12 fits instead of the 5wb1 unit. It is 11″ wide and would leave me 10″ of space for another item next to it. That 10″ would allow me to also use a 5WB1-0918 CR beside it.  The 4WDB-12 has a height of 5-3/8″ so it also fits under the pipe. I really like the Wood Pull-out Drawer. It is well made with dove-tail joints so I know it will hold up for years of continual use. I plan to keep my laundry detergents, bleach and fabric softeners in there so, whatever I choose will get a lot of use.  I had left the detergents etc. on the countertop by the sink. It is nice to have them stored out of sight and easily accessible at the same time, plus freeing up the countertop space!

I have had my eye on the Undersink Caddy 544-10 C for quite sometime. The width is 11-1/4″. It was love at first sight for me. This baby keeps your all of your cleaners in a handy “take along” caddy so you open the door, grab the handle and you are off with everything you need! No running back because you forgot the paper towels or window cleaner. The 544-10 C has a tray at the top for a your roll of paper towels. There is just enough space to the left of the drain pipe where this little gem will store nicely.

What to do?

  1. The 4WDB-12 and the 544-10 C  (Although in my mind, it worked- they could not mount together in my 21″ opening.)  Again it was that pesky hinge issue. I had hoped to off-mount the 544 and have the front of the slides which were slightly narrower than the 11-1/4″ overall width pass through the opening without a hitch. NOTE: You can’t fudge the installation! Close, but quoting an old television show Get Smart-“Missed it by that much”-Don Adams as Maxwell Smart.
  2. The 5WB1-0918 and the 544-10 C fit side by side in the opening, BUT (I wasn’t happy with how the handle had to be placed on the Caddy in order for it to fit between the utility sink and the cabinet wall)
  3. I trashed the original plans and added an OPTION 3!  (I’m female-we do that sometimes)
  4. I decided to use a 5WB1-2122-CR. It is 20-3/8″ wide x 22″ depth x 7″ height. Fill the entire space with one item.
  5. Relocate the 544-10 C to the space under my sink (that is yet another project in the near future) and return the 4WDB-12.

What have I learned? Don’t try to “fudge” an installation. If you have 21″ you have 21″! There is no wiggle room. You save yourself the possibility of returning a product. Fortunately for me, I work here. My returns are simple. I don’t have to worry about the cost of returning the product. Go by what your measurements are and save the added step of returning a product and also the money for return shipping. I’m not ashamed to say, “I made a boo-boo”. But, the project is complete and I’m pretty pleased with the results.

5WB1-2122-CR and HPRV-1520 S

What do you think? Do you have a laundry room that needs re-vamping or have you recently used a Rev-a-Shelf hamper unit to get your mess managed? We’d love to hear your story. Use the comment box below to share your story. We love feedback! I have shown my mess…show me yours!

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