Maximize bathroom vanity storage space with three simple roll-out and swing-out shelving projects. You can build them all in a weekend for less than $100.
Most vanities are poor storage spaces because they're designed for the convenience of plumbers, not for you. While that big, open box is nice for installing pipes, it leaves you with jumbled storage and wasted space.
But you can convert that box into useful space by installing any or all of these three upgrades. You'll expand the real estate under your sink and make it easy to find anything in seconds. Even a beginning DIYer can build all three projects in a weekend, at a total cost of about $75.
Get everything within reach! This spacious, double-level shelving unit pivots in and out effortlessly.
No more tipping! This rollout has taller sides for taller products as well as full-extension hardware.
Cut the hardboard edging a few inches too long, fasten it with screws and slice off the excess with a fine-tooth saw. Finish washers give the screws a neater look.
Raise the shelf with spacers and align the shelf back with the inside edge of the face frame. Screw the piano hinge to the shelf back, then to the cabinet. You may have to notch the shelf back to clear the door hinge.
Here's the answer to all that inaccessible clutter on the floor of your vanity. With one pull, you can bring stored items out of the dark recesses and into easy reach.
Chances are, the measurements shown in Figure A won't be best for your vanity. The surest way to determine the right size for your shelf is to cut a quarter circle from cardboard and test the fit. If your vanity has double doors, you can still build this shelf, but you may need to open both doors to swing it out. Here are some tips for building your swing-out shelf:
Swing-out shelf parts:
Part A: 1/2” x 11-3/4” x 12”
Part B: 1/2” x 13” x 12”
Part C: 1/2” x 11-3/4” radius
Part D: 1/8” x 1-3/4” x 24”
1/2” plywood (A–C)
1/8” hardboard (D)
No. 6 screws and finish washers
Figure A is also available in pdf format in “Additional Information” below.
Separate the two parts of the drawer slide. Screw them to the tray and the base, aligned flush at the fronts.
Fasten the tray base to the cabinet floor with No. 6 x 1-in. screws, then slide on the drawer.
This handy little rollout has tall sides, fronts and backs to keep bottles and cleaners in place as you open it. Our dimensions are given in Figure B below, but you can alter the size to suit your needs. Here are some building tips:
Mini rollout parts:
Part A: 1/2” x 3-1/2” x 16”
Part B: 1/2” x 3-1/2” x 16”
Part C: 1/2” x 3-1/2” x 3”
Part D: 1/2” x 3-1/2” x 16”
14” full-extension drawer slide
Figure B is also available in pdf format in “Additional Information” below.
Fasten strips of plywood to the drawer to support the tray. You only need two screws per support.
Cut shelf liner to fit the trays. Liner helps stored items stay put when you slide the tray.
Drawers are often too deep for small bathroom stuff like razors, medicine and cosmetics. That means wasted space. These handy sliding trays reduce that waste and increase drawer real estate by 50 percent.