Recycling bins can take up way too much floor space in the kitchen or mudroom. Here's an easy project that will get them up off the floor and out of the way, and it costs almost nothing.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:September 2009
Assemble the top cleats and use a bin to mark their positions.
Draw a line to mark the top of the cleat. Keep the pencil flush
with the cleat to add an extra 1/4 in. or so to the height. That will
make it easier to get the bin in and out.
Position the cleat on the line and screw it to studs with 3-in.
screws. It's much easier if you predrill all the screw holes.
Here’s a simple, no-nonsense way to
prevent your recycling bins from
hogging precious floor space or getting
kicked around the garage: Hang them
on the wall.
For a standard 20-in.-long bin, all
you need is an 18-in.-long 2x4 at the
bottom of the column of bins, and a
1x4 and a 2x4, both 18 in. long, for the
top lip of each bin. Level and screw the
bottom 2x4 cleat to studs wherever
you want the column to start. Then
screw the top cleat pieces together
with 1-5/8-in. screws (Photo 1). Use the
bin as a spacer to position the top cleat
for each bin. Draw a line to mark the
top of the cleat (Photo 1) and
then screw it to the
wall with 3-in.
screws (Photo 2).
Repeat the process
for each bin, hang
them on the wall and then you can stop kicking those
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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