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Easy Pull-Out Drawers for Kitchen Cabinets

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Want to add more function and organization to your kitchen cabinets? These DIY pull-out drawers are the perfect solution. Since they pull out, you can easily access the stuff in the back of your cabinets without having to move everything that’s in front. 

Pull out drawers in kitchen cabinets with small appliances

Alright, let’s start DIYing! 

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How to Make a Pull-Out Drawer For Kitchen Cabinets

STEP 1: MEASURE YOUR CABINET 

You want to make your drawer 1” smaller than your cabinet opening. If you have a face frame, measure the distance available between the face frame and subtract 1”.

If you have partial overlay doors, measure between the doors as well to confirm that your drawer box will actually be able to slide between the doors when open.

STEP 2: MAKE YOUR CUTS 

To determine your cut list, use the following formulas. W = final desired width and D = final desired depth. “X” in this case means by, not multiply. 

Front/Back: W x 2.5

Sides: D – 1” x 2.5

Bottom: W x D-1”

STEP 3: ADD POCKET HOLES

Using the ½” settings, drill pocket holes around the bottom of the drawer bottom. They should be spaced 1.5-2” from the ends and then spaced every 6-8”. 

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STEP 4: ASSEMBLE THE BOX 

Using glue and 1” Kreg screws, secure the sides to the bottom. The bottom and sides should be flush. 

1/2" plywood with pocket holes securing the sides

Then secure the front and back pieces to the bottom, lining up with ends with the sides. 

Finally, add (2) nails through the front and back pieces into the sides.

nailing front piece of plywood on drawer box

STEP 5: PROTECT 

Sand everything with 220 grit sandpaper and then apply 3 coats of Polycrylic. I recommend the semi-gloss sheen so that it’s really easy to wipe down if needed. Sand with 220-grit sandpaper between coats for an extra smooth finish. 

STEP 6: INSTALL THE DRAWER

If you have cabinets with face frames like we did, I’d recommend mounting the drawer slides using the rear mounting brackets. They are easy to install and don’t require any additional scrap wood to install. 

We just followed the instructions provided with the drawer slides to attach them to the cabinet and drawer box. 

nylon rear mounted drawer slide installed in kitchen cabinet

There you have it! Now you know how to make your very own pull-out drawers for kitchen cabinets. It really helps with organization and making your storage more functional! 

pull out drawer in kitchen cabinet with small appliances

The question is…how many are you going to build now that you’ve seen how easy they are?

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