03 Feb Kitchen Solution: Expanding Shelf
Easy-to-reach shelf space in your upper cabinets is a premium kitchen commodity. But not as limited as you might think! Here’s a budget-friendly way to add more of it, that doesn’t involve drilling holes in your existing cabinets, either.
If the upper cabinets of your kitchen are like mine, and most others, you’ve got a ton of dead space in the upper half of the area between the bottom shelf and the next shelf up. I discovered a simple trick to convert this unused space into prime real estate: it’s this pair of mesh metal shelves on legs that slides in, and creates a new shelf space at about the half-way mark between the two shelves that are already there.
One shelf is slightly smaller than the other, so it can slide under and adjust the overall length you get to fit your cabinets exactly. The large shelf measures 14″ x 9″ x 6″H, and the small shelf measures 14″ x 8.25″ x 5.75″H. The shelf pair expands between 14″ and 27.5″ W, when they are placed next to each other.
I’ve used mine in three kitchens so far, as I’ve moved a couple of times in the past few years, so I can tell you that the portability is a big plus, too.