Turn a door and a drawer into a pull out trash can

When planning out the kitchen remodel one of the things we chose not to splurge on was a pull-out trash can so we decided to make our own out of a door and drawer.  The whole process took about an hour and since we had lots of extra drawers laying around we had all the materials on hand.

Turn a drawer and a door into a pull out trash ca


First, remove the door and detach any hardware.


Grab a drawer that is just a wee bit smaller than the width of the cabinet door and remove the face.

Turn a drawer and a door into a pull out trash ca


We happened to have a permanent shelf so he removed the entire shelf using a jig and 3 cuts.IMG_9147

Next you need to attach the drawer to the bottom of the door on the backside.

Turn a drawer and a door into a pull out trash caAdd brackets so the trashcan will stay in place.

Add the drawer glides.  They will look similar to the ones I show from Amazon below, just make sure it is the correct dimensions for the cabinet.


Voila, insert the trashcan and enjoy having the trash out of site!


So glad to have a hidden trash can!  Next up on the kitchen is hardware, paint the island and countertops.  We are very slowly cleaning all the grout on the floor and resealing but my back can only handle so much.  We are so close, I can’t wait!

Here is the pull out trashcan after I repainted the kitchen island, you can read all about that here.

Kitchen Island DIY Pull Out Trashcan

I have received a few requests for suggestions if you don’t want to make your own and here are a few with good reviews

Vevor Pull Out Trash Can

Rev A Shelf Trash Can

At Posh Trash Can

Tanamu Single Trash Can

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  1. This is great. We didn’t put one in, either, ’cause the cost was ridiculous, but we planned on building our own one of these days. I’m pinning your post for reference.

  2. That’s a great idea for making your own. I purchased the pull out trash can from Lowe’s (it comes complete with the trash can and all the hardware and slides) and attached the door to it but I could have saved about $75 by making my own with your instructions!!

  3. Awesome idea!!! Just wish my hubby was a handy man! : (
    But….I’m pretty good with tools and such…so I’ll have to look into this project for one of my cabinets! Thanks for the excellent tutorial! xoxo

  4. I just love clever ideas like this, Kristin! I already pinned it to my Dream Kitchen board for “someday”. I’m loving these sneak peaks of your new kitchen!!!!!!!!

    1. For the way we put it together you would need an extra drawer. However, I have seen other’s build one without a drawer, check pinterest 🙂

  5. Y’all are so innovative and creative. I’m trying to decide what to do with a particular cabinet space in my kitchen…I’ll keep this in mind for sure. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. You are soooo clever Kristin!! I am putting this on my list of things to do….or more like my ‘honey-do list’!! Wink!! I’m holding my breath to see your kitchen reveal! I know it will be just gorgeous!!

  7. Did you have any problem with the cable in the back? We have the same issue because we have a cooktop on the island, and hopefully I’ll have room. Do the other doors slide out?

    1. Our microwave is actually on the opposite side so it did not interfere with the trashcan. The other doors don’t pull out and there isn’t much room since the microwave takes up most of the space.

  8. I have always wanted to buy one of these trash cabinets. It is a good idea to make it myself because I will save a lot of money. Thank you for the interesting post!

  9. This is so great! I’ve been planning to “hack” a pull out trash can in our future kitchen remodel this summer and was wondering what the width of this cabinet is. I’m looking to do it with a 12″ cabinet, but am not sure it will work yet, so I’m doing some research!

  10. Can you provide more details about the parts you used to make your system – particularly the L brackets used to attach the door. We’ve ruined two sets of slides and our box is pulling away from the door!
    Ours is an odd size (22”) wide opening

  11. Great idea! I spent a bundle on our pull out trash door. It now does not work well. Can you tell me how or what you used for you your draw to slide on thats in the bottom of the cabinet?

  12. We pick up so many high quality drawers that are unwanted by people who simply do not have the space if you contact us we might have some available.

    Thnaks 🙂

    1. Hi Geri, yes it is a shelf L bracket, let me know if you have any other questions, happy to help. Thanks

  13. I have for a long while been itching to get one of these garbage cupboards. It is a smart thought to make it myself since I will set aside a ton of cash. Much obliged to you for the fascinating post!

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