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How to Make Pull-Out Shelves for Kitchen Cabinets


Purchase a Kit and Use Your Know-how to Install Roll-out Shelves in Your Kitchen Cabinets

Widen your narrow cabinet openings to accommodate larger objects without damaging the cabinet doors or changing their appearance. Install sliding-shelf kits that you purchase, cut to size, and install in your kitchen cabinets for extra storage and easy access to items at the back. The kits join with dove-tailed sides and a tray bottom that is secured with screws.

The QuikTray rollout system is available online from
The do-it-yourself rolling shelf kit can be found online at

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remove fixed/nailed-in shelves
Step 1

Remove Doors and Fixed Shelves from Cabinets

Remove doors, hardware, and any fixed shelves from the cabinets where you will install roll-out shelves. Temporarily take out drawers above the cabinets because they will obstruct your access.

cut supports with a Japanese handsaw
Step 2

Reinforce Supports before Cutting out Vertical Supports

Attach a strip of oak to the back of the horizontal support before cutting out the vertical supports to widen the cabinet openings. Use a Japanese handsaw to carefully cut the supports without damaging them, because they will be reused.

front and rear partitions support the rails
Step 3

Install Rails and Partitions for Each Pair of Sliding Shelves

Position and secure four support rails/pilasters and two partitions for each pair of sliding shelves. The front and rear partitions serve as stubs to hold the rails/posts on the side where there is no wall.

position drawer glides on support posts
Step 4

Snap Drawer Glides into the Front and Rear Support Rails/Posts

Snap two drawer glides into the rear support rails. Position the post and snap the other end of the glides into the corresponding slot on the front post. Secure with screws.

cutting the side components to length
Step 5

Cut the Dove-tailed Side Components to the Correct Length

Make square cuts as necessary to shorten each pair of side components for a pull-out shelf. Do not cut the front and back components because that will remove the dove-tails that join them to the sides.

trimming the bottom of the sliding shelf
Step 6

Trim the Bottom of the Shelf to the Same Dimension

Cut the panel that forms the bottom of the shelf to the same dimension as the side components. You will be trimming only the length of the panel from front to back--do not change its width.

insert the dove-tails into the notches
Step 7

Assemble the Front, Back and Sides of the Shelf Frames

Brush carpenter's glue on the dove-tails and insert them carefully into the notches of the back component. Repeat for the front component and the other side to form a rectangular frame. Tap the joints gently into place with a mallet.

secure the bottom to the frame with screws
Step 8

Glue, Position, and Screw the Bottom in Place

Brush glue on the bottom edge of the frame and set the bottom in place. Drive screws through the pre-drilled holes to secure it and provide structural rigidity to the shelf.

secure drawer glides with screws
Step 9

Attach Drawer Glides to the Sides of the Shelf

Secure the mating half of the drawer glides on the left and right sides of each shelf with screws and slide the shelves into the cabinets on top of the glide rails already installed. Line the drawers to prevent slipping.

reattach the severed support to the cabinet door
Step 10

Attach the Severed Support to One Cabinet Door and Reinstall

Position and secure the severed support to the cabinet door to fill the gap where the support was removed. When reattached, the pairs of doors will open and close properly and disguise the cut.


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