Do you wish you could add more space to your cabinets with a cheap, easy and customizable solution?
Here I show you how to make custom shelves to fit in your cabinets so you can stack more items. I had some scrap wood left over from these Christmas Ornaments and some plywood we used as temporary counters while waiting for our counters to be installed during our kitchen remodel.
Here is what you will need to make two wood shelves.
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TOOLS FOR CUSTOM CABINET SHELVES
SUPPLIES FOR CUSTOM CABINET SHELVES
- 1/4 inch plywood
- 3/4 inch square wood dowel
- Scrap piece long enough for length of cuts (see below) – this will be for the front and back supports
- Wood glue
- 5/8 inch 18G brad nails/nails
- White caulk (optional)
- Paint (optional)
Your cuts will vary depending on your cabinet size and shelf size preference. I made mine sized to specifically stack coffee mugs and glasses.
CUTS FOR CUSTOM CABINET SHELVES
- 2 – 1/4 inch plywood – 9 x 16 inches
- 8 – 3/4 inch dowel – 5 1/4 inches
- 4 – 1/4 inch x 14 1/2 inches (rip cut from a scrap 1 x 4)
STEPS FOR CUSTOM CABINET SHELVES
Step 1) Apply wood glue to the ends of the dowel pieces. These will be the legs. With the 1/4 plywood pieces (top) on its side attach the dowel (leg) to a corner using a square to help with alignment. For extra support drive or hammer in a nail coming from the top. I repeated this for the other three legs. Then I stood the shelf up on all four legs and added a few more nails to each leg for extra support. The nails may not be necessary as the wood glue will be sufficient, but it does add some stability. Use clamps to help with better adhesion.
At this point I tested out the shelves in the cabinets and put several mugs on it. I did see a slight bow in the middle so I decided to add some support
Step 2) To provide support I ripped cut a 1 x 4 into 4 – 1/4 inch strips and glued those to the underside front and back between the legs. I then clamped these in place and waited for the glue to set. Step 3) I filled in any gaps with white caulk, sanded any rough spots, and applied a couple layers of flat white paint. Here are a few pictures of different angles. Finally I put them in the cabinet. Here is a before and after. Before the shelves I wasn’t able to put all those glasses on the second shelf.