Chris Upgrades His Kitchen Cabinets with IKEA Drawer Pull-Outs

Kitchen Improvement Project

It is essential to be organized in the kitchen. Cooking can be stressful enough as it is. Who needs the extra frustration of shuffling through cabinets searching for the next ingredient? My wife and I solved our own storage dilemma once and for all by converting all of our lower kitchen cabinets — originally outfitted as cabinets with regular doors — into cupboards made of drawers. Now finding things couldn't be easier.

My wife and I are big organizers in our home, always looking for ways to make the process of finding and using things more streamlined. We of course brought this philosophy into our kitchen—having a cabinet for the flours, and a cabinet for the oils and vinegars,and so on—but it wasn't enough. The problem was the lower kitchen cabinets themselves, as they required you to crouch down and take the cooking ingredients through a few rounds of musical chairs before finding what you needed. There's the sherry vinegar!

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We deliberated on the best way to change all this until we finally got the idea of converting all our lower kitchen cabinets into pull-out drawers. Having kitchen cabinets from IKEA made this conversion simple as we just had to invest in some RATIONELL extending drawers. We were able to keep all the original doors intact, by swapping in hinges with a wider door opening angle — to give the drawers the freedom to pull out.

See the IKEA products Chris used:
RATIONELL Drawers
RATIONELL Drawer Fronts
INTEGRAL Hinges
DROPPAR Jars
IKEA 365+ Jars
KRUS Jars

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That solution wouldn't work for a cabinet door sandwiched between the oven and the fridge, however. So we mounted that door directly on the drawer, in place of a drawer front, to allow it to simply slide straight out.

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To complete this project, we also purchased several storage containers — plastic ones with flip top lids for sugars and rice, larger glass ones for flours, small square ones for noodles. Our cart was loaded, as it all too often gets at IKEA, and we inevitably had to take a few more trips to get everything we needed but the result is marvelous.

We feel as if we're cooking in an industrial chef kitchen now. When we slide open the drawers everything is in sight, ready to use, ready to put back. It's definitely been one of our more rewarding investments and anyone who spends a fair amount of time in the kitchen could save some time by doing it as well. Do this for all your lower cabinets to add a little more joy to your kitchen experience.

Related: Make the Most of Kitchen Drawers By Organizing Diagonally

(Images: Chris Perez)