Benefits of Rollouts
It may sound like hype, but adding rollouts to your kitchen cabinets can be life-changing. I speak from personal experience. I recently added rollouts to our entire kitchen, and this is what happened:
- The kids have complete access to everything they need?from cereal to the recycling. Now they can get their own breakfast and take the cans to the curb?no excuses!
- My sore back and my husband's bum knee are less of an issue since we no longer have to constantly stoop to find things in our base cabinets.
- Dinner prep goes a lot faster now that we're not hunting for pot lids and baking pans piled on top of one another on our jumbled, dark shelves.
- We're saving money by not buying things we already have (but that had been lost in the recesses of our cabinets). We can pull our shelves into the light and see everything, including the rancid oil and three boxes of cornstarch we somehow acquired?need some?
- The kitchen feels larger and works better. The rollouts maximize every cubic inch of storage space, so I can store rarely used appliances in my cabinets instead of on my counters.
Are you a convert yet? This article will give you tips for planning, buying and building kitchen rollouts so they can change your life too. You can build a simple rollout drawer like the ones shown in a couple of hours for $20. But don't say I didn't warn you. Once you see that rollout in action, you'll want to retrofit all your kitchen cabinets. What are you waiting for?
Think Inside the Box
Building a slew of identical drawer boxes is easier, but having a variety gives you more versatility. Think about what you're going to store and build the boxes to suit your needs.
Sloping sides: Rollout drawers with sloping sides keep tall things stable yet still let you see all the way to the back of the shelf. These are good for nesting pots and pans or storing different-size items on the same shelf.
Low sides: Lower sides (3 in. is typical) work well for smaller items such as canned goods and spices. The low sides make reading labels easier.
High sides: Shelves with higher sides all around (6 in. tall rather than the typical 3 in.) are ideal for tippy plastic storage containers or stacks of plates.