You may have seen it a number of times in the movies, this DIY pull out rubbish bin is just what your kitchen needs! This “how to guide” will show you how to convert any lower cabinet into a custom pull out rubbish bin cabinet. All you need are a few boards and drawer slides, and you’ll have the perfect hiding spot for that unsightly smelly rubbish bin… yuck!
Maybe you are tired of looking at your bin or worst touching it while you cook? So it’s about time you figure out how to make your very own DIY pull out rubbish bin cabinet.
I promise, this is a fairly simple project, and is a fraction of the cost of one of those fancy pull out bin systems which cost €300 upwards for their systems. With a door mounting kit from ebay for less than €50 euro (including shipping to ireland) at hand you can do this you self by transforming any lower cabinet in the kitchen, although your dimensions will change depending on the size of your opening, its obvious but just for the record.
Materials that you will need for your pull out rubbish bin cabinet
- One 1 x 6 board – 6 feet long
- One 1 x 12 board – 2 feet long
- One set of drawer slides. I used center mount ones.
- Kreg pocket hole jig and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws (or regular wood screws and a countersink drill bit)
- Rubbish bin that is slightly shorter and narrower than your opening. I bought one, which is a perfect fit for the dimensions that I provided.
If you have a cabinet that has a flat bottom edge like mine, you will also need a small piece of 1 x 2 to elevate the drawer slide in the cabinet. If your face frame extends above the bottom of the cabinet floor, you can use that instead.
This one is critical you must measure your cabinet opening. My opening is 11 1/2″ wide, and the drawer slides I used require 1/8″ of clearance on either side. 1×12 boards are actually 11 1/4″ wide, so it was the perfect size! Most cabinets are about 24″ deep (mine is 23 3/4″), and you need 1 1/2″ of clearance in the back for the bracket that holds the drawer rail in place.
Cut your lumber (or have it cut for you at your home store like Woodies/B&Q). If you’re making two pull out rubbish bin cabinets (one for rubbish and the other for recycling), you’ll need another 1 x 6 board and double the cuts.
- 1 x 12 – cut to 22″
- 1 x 6 – cut two pieces at 11 1/4″ and two pieces at 20 1/2″
- 1 x 2 – cut one piece at 11 1/2″ (skip this step if your cabinet has a frame that sticks up from the bottom)
3. Pre-drill the holes in it
Make sure you test the fit twice just to be sure before making any holes. The 1 x 12 board will serve as the bottom of the drawer, and the 1 x 6 boards will be screwed into it from the top.
I used my pocket hole kreg jig to drill pocket holes along the bottom edge of all the 1 x 6 pieces. The ends of the longer boards will also get a couple pocket holes. If you don’t have a pocket hole kreg jig, you will need to pre-drill with a countersink drill bit so that your screw heads are below the surface of the wood.
4. Putting it together
Glue and screw the 1 x 6 pieces together to form a rectangle. I use a “kreg automaxx right angle clamp” to make sure everything stays square while I drive the screws in.
Then place your rectangle on top of the 1 x 12 base, and screw it down.
That’s deadly, you have a box! Now we need to make the box move.
5. We will now install the drawer slide hardware
I went back and forth about whether to install regular drawer slides that attach to the sides, or a center mount system that goes on the bottom. These center mount drawer slides work best because it makes removing the drawer from the track super simple. I didn’t want my rubbish to get caught under the drawer and not be able to get it out easily. With this system, I just pull the drawer out all the way, then lift it up and out of the track!
Start by installing the bracket in the back of the cabinet. It should be centered in the middle of the cabinet opening. The long rail rests inside the back bracket.
Now you need to attach the front of the rail to the front of cabinet. I had a bunch of 1 x 2 scraps from my other project that i did a while back, so I cut a piece the exact width of the cabinet opening and attached it with screws. Now I had something to rest the end of the rail on, and it allows the side guide wheels to turn properly.
Finally, attach the small wheel to the center of the back of the rubbish bin cabinet drawer. This will sit inside the rail.
Then test to see if it all works! I needed to adjust the side wheels slightly so that the edges of the drawer slide smoothly against the guiding wheels, but I just unscrewed them slightly and nudged them over. The front of the drawer should end up flush with the outside edge of the rubbish bin cabinet opening.
6. Now you will attach your cabinet door to your drawer
Measure the distance from the bottom of an adjacent cabinet door to the bottom of the interior cabinet. Then measure the height from the bottom of the cabinet to the top of your drawer slide, plus another 1/8″ for clearance. That number is how high on the cabinet door you need to attach your drawer.
I marked a line on the back of the door, then placed the drawer bottom edge on that line. Make sure it’s centered on the door, then clamp it into place.
It’s important to check the length of the screws you will be using to attach the drawer. The last thing you want is to have a screw poking out the front of the cabinet door! Attach the drawer to the door in each corner, then remove the clamps and do the same at the top.
Now just insert the drawer wheel into the slot on the rail and slide the rubbish bin cabinet drawer into place. I cut some grippy drawer liner to fit inside to prevent the rubbish bin from moving around when the drawer gets slammed.
I can’t believe the fact I saved so much money by making my own DIY pull out rubbish bin cabinet drawer rather than shelling out for an expensive pre-made system! I’ll be building the same rubbish and recycling pull outs when we remodel our kitchen some time soon.
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