How to Make a Trash Can Cabinet


Building a pull-out trash can cabinet for your kitchen will keep trash cans from taking up floor space and give a your kitchen a streamlined look. Making your own trash can cabinet is a simple solution if new cabinets are not in your kitchen remodeling budget or ready-made pull-out bins do not fit your cabinets. By building a box to contain your trash can, you can attach the cabinet door to the box for instant access to your trash can.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Cabinet-grade birch or 3/4-inch plastic-coated particle board
  • Table saw
  • Wood glue
  • Nails, 1 1/2 to 2 inches
  • Heavy duty drawer slides, 22 inch, two sets
  • Wood shims
  • Trash can
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Wood screws, 1 1/4 inch
  • Remove the cabinet door from the front of the trash bin space, using a screwdriver to remove the hinges. Do not remove the handle from the cabinet door.

  • Cut out all panels to be used for the walls of the trash bin from cabinet-grade birch or particle board. You will need four walls and the top and the bottom. Walls of the trash bin should measure 1/2 inch smaller in width than the actual cabinet space, and 18 inches high.

  • Assemble all six panels to create a closed box using wood glue and 1 1/2 to 2 inch nails.

  • Mount 22-inch heavy duty drawer slides in the bottom of the closed box. Measure the distance apart and mark the cabinet floor accordingly to attach the other half of the heavy duty drawer slides to the cabinet floor. You may need to add wood shims or strips to raise the level of the cabinet floor to allow the trash bin to slide out easily.

  • Trace the opening of the garbage can to be used in the cabinet on the top of the closed box. Begin with a starter hole using a drill. Use a jigsaw to complete the cut along the line traced for the opening of the trash can.

  • Reattach the cabinet door with handle intact to the trash bin using six 1 1/4-inch wood screws. Place three wood screws through the inside of the box into each side of the cabinet door where it is thickest. Drop the trash can into the top of the box through the custom-cut opening and close the cabinet door.

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