How to Install Roll Out Under Sink Organizer
Installing the slider organizer was easier than I had thought.
The first thing I had to do was to measure the opening and the depth of the opening where I was going to place it. Organizers do come in different sizes, so you want to make sure that you buy one that fits your space.
The second thing I had to do is to check the base of where I was going to install it. The board under my sink had become warped, so nothing was going to sit level on it. You will need a level surface if you want your slider organizer to operate smoothly. Check below to see what I did to make mine level.
Image credit: Photo of the organizer that I installed, by the author of this page.
How I made a level base - you may be already good to go.
If so, you can skip ahead. If not, read on.
There was an edge that went around the perimeter of the warped board. Luckily that was all level, and higher than the highest area of the warped board. The edge strips of this perimeter were around 1/2 inch wide; a perfect ledge for my flat board that I was going to add.
I took the measurements of this inside space, and also placed a sheet of paper inside and cut it to size, less 1/2 inch.
I used the sheet of paper (Newspaper will probably work.) as a template. There were pipes that came up through the bottom that needed to stay in place. I drew the cutout areas for the pipes onto the paper, and cut them out.
Then I purchased a flat sheet of plywood, that was 1/2 inch less than my inside measurements. I wanted to be able to slide the sheet of plywood, angle it, and lower it down. So I wanted a little bit of wiggle room. As you can see in the photo, there was a dividing strip down the front that the plywood would need to be able to slide in and behind.
Most lumber stores will cut plywood for you. (The perimeter edges.) Be sure to know your measurements.
After I got the plywood home, I used my template paper to draw out slots for the pipes. I used a jig saw to cut these slots out of the wood.
I then placed the plywood in the opening, slot side facing down, and angled the board down and onto the ledge.
What do you want to store under your sink?
Does it need to be on a certain side?
First considering space, know the maximum size that you can use.
Then consider where any pipes are. You'll want to mount your slider on the side that doesn't have the pipes. Some organizers are reversible.
Then pick a design that will work for you.
Installation will involve screwing the bottom of the unit on to your level board. - On my unit, it was just four screws.
Place your unit inside the cabinet and line everything up to where you want it. Make sure that the slider has clearance to be pulled out, and that the door can close completely, when the slider is in place, inside.
Once it is lined up, position the bottom of the slider (If it is separate from the basket, etc.), and screw in the screws.
Then follow the manufacture's instructions on attaching the basket, etc. to the slider.
The sliders for under the sink have different styles to choose from.
Look at what you want to store, or be able to store, and the space where it will be installed, to make the best choice for you.
This two tier unit has a wider shallow bottom basket, and a more narrow upper basket.
If you have the height under the sink...
you can install a slider to hold a trash can.
This unit can hold a trash can.
Click on the link to choose from the 5 gallon and the 9 gallon sizes.
Tools you'll need.
Most units will probably come with Phillips Head Screws.
The tools that you will probably need for this install are:
- Screwdriver (Probably a Philips Head.) If you are doing this by hand, apply some soap or bees was to the screw for easier installation.
- Tape Measure - Be sure to measure your space to find out what size organizer it can accommodate.
- Power Drill - Maybe. You may not need a power drill, but it comes in handy. It made installing the screws easier, in the tight space. You can also place some soap or wax on the threads of the screws, to help them go in to the wood easier.
- Jigsaw - Another maybe. If you need to install a board with cut outs, then a jig saw will help. I wouldn't have wanted to make those cuts with a hand saw. You'll only need this if you need to add a board and cut out slots for any existing pipes in the space.
To help protect the wood, I applied a couple of layers of artist varnish, and sanded it by hand.
I used the artist varnish that I had on hand, since I know that it is non-toxic.
Protecting the wood with varnish makes cleaning it easier.