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Eliminate clutter and get your kitchen back in order with cabinet organizers. Here are some practical tips for planning and installing two popular organizers.
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There are many types of kitchen organizers available, including cabinet drawer
and door units, Lazy Susans, sink and base organizers — and kits for your bathroom, closets and other household storage areas. The best way to start is by making a plan.
Professional kitchen designers recommend you start your plan for organization by considering your kitchen’s work triangle, the relation of the sink to the refrigerator, refrigerator to the stove and stove to the sink.
Plan to make it as efficient as possible to perform the three primary jobs in your kitchen:
Cabinet organizers are easy to install, even for beginning do-it-yourselfers. To plan for a successful installation:
To make the job easier, carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions. Also make sure you understand each step before starting. Some manufacturers have a help line or a website you can visit for additional assistance.
Place the trash can frame in the cabinet opening, and close the door to verify that the unit fits and slides easily before installation. There should be sufficient clearance so the trash can and frame slide out easily without obstruction.
If there are numerous parts to your kit, carefully lay them out on the floor or counter in the recommended sequence of installation to make the job easier.
Line up the frame with the front of the cabinet.
Install the front screws on the inside of the cabinet as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.
You may find it easier to drill pilot holes for the screws.
Open the frame, if necessary, and install the rear screws and any other screws or hardware required to fasten the frame to the cabinet.
If you have to remove the sliding frame to reach the rear screws, for most units you can extend the frame, pull the release tabs and then the unit will slide.
Place the trash can in the frame and slide the unit forward and back, making sure that it operates smoothly. Adjust the frame installation as needed.
For some trash can organizers, you can purchase optional hardware to mount the door on the frame. Here’s how to install it:
Remove the slides from the wire baskets by pulling up on the release trigger and pulling out the slides.
Measure the height required for the upper basket by holding your largest pot in place to determine how much room the basket will need. Most units will have several options for positioning the upper basket.
Attach the top slides to the front U-shaped support bracket.
Loosely attach the slides to the rear U-shaped bracket. The adjustable rear-mounting bracket should be placed between the slide and the U-shaped support bracket.
Attach the lower slides to the U-shaped support brackets.
Set the frame inside the cabinet and slide it against the side opposite the hinges.
Position the frame so the front of the slide is ¼ of an inch from the front of the cabinet.
Attach the slide (not the bracket) to the cabinet with screws.
Verify that the holes in the bottom of the U-shaped bracket are 1 13/16 inches back from the cabinet front.
Attach the brackets to the bottom of the cabinets with screws.
Extend the rear adjustable bracket to the back of the cabinet and secure it with screws.
Tighten the rear screws of the upper slides to the U-shaped support brackets.
Install the baskets into the slides.
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