5 DIY Trash Can Cabinet Ideas

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Sick of staring at that ugly kitchen trash can taking up precious floor space?

Why not tuck it away, out of sight?

If you’ve thought of buying a trash can drawer, but don’t want to spend a fortune – or you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, why not DIY it? 

But what if you don’t want to give up one of your cabinets? Thankfully, you don’t have to. Depending on your space, and the style of your kitchen you could repurpose a used cabinet or even a piece of furniture. 

If it fits, you could even put it in the location where you keep your trash can. 

From roll-out platforms, to tip-out doors, the options to build your own kitchen trash can cabinet seem endless. In reality, however, what you do will depend on your own DIY skill level, the available space, your kitchen’s design and your personal preference.

Here are 5 DIY trash can cabinet ideas to get the creative juices flowing for your own project!

1. Used kitchen cabinet

This blogger gives detailed instructions that can help you turn a used kitchen cabinet into not only a hiding space for your trash can(s), but extra counter space for your kitchen!

2. Fast and easy

You don’t have to DIY every part of this kind of project. This blogger simply purchased a trash can cabinet kit and had her family members install it for her – in less than an hour!

3. DIY a used furniture piece

This blogger turned a $5 thrift find into a mobile, functional trash can cabinet island. This is a good option if you have a small kitchen because it can be moved when needed.

4. Cover-up

If you’re a skilled DIYer, you can build a cover for your trash instead of repurposing an existing cabinet. It can easily be made to suit your needs.

5. Hanging trash can drawer

Finally, you can improve upon an existing design!

This blogger already had a kitchen trash can drawer, however she had some issues with what they had. 

“Instead of the trash can hanging on a rail, ours sat on an open wire base. Every little bit of trash that didn’t make it into the can fell through the wire and onto the cabinet floor.  It was impossible to clean without unscrewing the screws that attached the wire base to the cabinet floor, so it was absolutely disgusting. Gross, gross, gross!”

So, to solve that problem, she and her husband repurposed their existing system for a hanging rail system that solved their problem of trash accumulation in the bottom of the cabinet.

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