How To Build Pull Out Shelves For a Blind Corner Cabinet, Part 1

How to build pull out shelves for a blind corner cabinet
How to build pull out shelves for a blind corner cabinet

Figuring out how to build a blind corner cabinet pull out was the last of my kitchen organizing projects.  And definitely the most challenging, design-wise.

Blind corner cabinets are always a challenge to organize.  There’s the easy-to-reach part of the cabinet right in front of the door, but the bulk of the storage area is back in the corner…very hard to reach!  I had researched buying a ready-made version of something that would help with the problem, but none of them would the 13″ door opening in my cabinet (and they were all pretty expensive, too!)  So I decided to make my own.

The two shelves pulled out
The two shelves pulled out

I took a 2-phased approach to solving this problem.  The first is to build pull-out shelves for the blind portion of the cabinet.  These roll from the blind portion of the cabinet to the part that is right in front of the door so you can reach the things that are stored on the shelf.  This post will go through the details of putting these shelves together.

The drawer pulled out
The drawer pulled out

The second part is to build a pull out drawer unit that will roll out of the easy-to-reach area so that you can easily access what is on them…and make room to reach the pull out shelves.  You can find the details on how to make this in part 2 of how to build pull out shelves for a blind corner cabinet.

To recap all of the kitchen organization projects so far:

Continue reading to find out how to build pull out shelves for a blind corner cabinet.

The Pull Out Shelf Design

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The two shelves pushed into the corner | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
The two shelves pushed into the corner

The idea for these shelves is that they start out in the blind portion of the cabinet.  To take advantage of the full height of the cabinet, there will be 2 shelves that can be pulled out separately.

The two shelves pulled out | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
The two shelves pulled out

When you need to access the contents of the shelves, simply pull them over to the front of the cabinet and get at what you need.  The sides prevent the contents of the shelf from sliding off when you move them.

What You Need

½” plywood


2 sets of bottom mount drawer slides*.  See page 6 for more information on how to determine the length.




Measure Your Cabinet

Corner Cabinet Measurements | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
Corner Cabinet Measurements

Here are the measurements you will need to take from your existing cabinets.  The letters on the diagram correspond to the measurements below:

A. Measure from the corner side wall to the door opening (inside the cabinet).  In my case this had a measurement of 26″

B. Then measure from the inside of the front of the cabinet to the back (which is usually a little more than 22″).  In my case this had a measurement of 22 9/16″.

C. Measure the total width of the inside of the cabinet.  In my case, it was 41″ long.

Cut the Wood

Cut the plywood | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
Cut the plywood

For the blind part of the cabinet, you will be making 2 separate slide out shelves.  Use the measurements from the last step to figure out how big the pieces of wood need to be.  Note: these measurements assume that you are using drawer slides which attach to the bottom of the shelf.  Here’s what you will need for these:

1. Two pieces of ½” plywood that are 1″ shorter than the measurements you took for A and B in the last step.  In my case, these 2 shelves were 25″ x 21 9/16″.  These will be the shelves.

2. Four pieces of ½” plywood that are 2″ wide and 1″ shorter than the B measurement from the last step.  These will be the front and back edges of the shelves (which will keep things from sliding off the shelves when you pull them out).  In my case, these were 2″ x 21 9/16″.

3. Four pieces of ½” plywood that are 2″ wide and 2″ shorter that the A measurement from the last step.  These will be the sides of the shelves.  In my case, these were 2″ x 24″.

If you are going to paint the wood, you might want to do it at this stage…it’s a little easier to paint the boards before you put them together.

Determine the Lengths of the Drawer Slides

Bottom Mount Drawer Slides*

For the pull out shelves you will need 2 sets of bottom mount drawer slides.

Because these shelves are usually longer than half the width of the cabinet, the drawer slides need to be shorter than the length of the shelves in order to be able to install them in the existing cabinet.  Otherwise, you won’t be able to fit the back end of the drawer slide extension into the front end of the drawer slide installed in the cabinet.

To determine the length of these drawer slides, subtract the length of your shelf from the total width of the cabinet.  Using the measurement numbers from the diagram, calculate C – (A – 1′).  In my case, the calculation was 41″ – (26″ – 1″) which came out to 16″.  If you want to be really safe, buy drawer slides that are this length or shorter…but you can usually get away with going up one size…just tilt the shelves up a bit when you are sliding them onto the rails.  I bought 18″ drawer slides which worked fine.

Build The Pull Out Shelves

Attach the front board | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
Attach the front board

1. Turn the shelf board upside down.

2. Slide the front edge board under the front edge of the shelf.  Make sure the edges line up.  Then attach with #6 screws or small nails through the shelf into the front shelf edge board.

Attach the back board | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
Attach the back board

3. Repeat the same steps to attach the back edge of the shelf.

Attach the side boards | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
Attach the side boards

3. Attach one of the side pieces between the front and back edge shelves.  Again make sure all of the sides line up.

4. Install the other side in the same way.

Attach the front and back boards to the sides | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
Attach the front and back boards to the sides

5. Attach the front and back boards to the side boards at the corner.

Attach the drawer slide to the bottom of the shelf with the wheel at the back | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
Attach the drawer slide to the bottom of the shelf with the wheel at the back

6. Install one of the drawer slides to the bottom side of the drawer.  The wheel should be at the back of the shelf.  The drawer slide will not reach all the way to the front of the shelf.  This is necessary in order to fit the shelf into the drawer slide in the cabinet.

7. Attach the other drawer slide at the other side of the shelf.  The wheel should be on the same end of the shelf as the first one.

8. Repeat these steps to create the second drawer.

Install the Pull Out Shelves

Attach the drawer slide to the side of the cabinet with the end at the back | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
Attach the drawer slide to the side of the cabinet with the end at the back

1. Start by attaching the drawer slides for the bottom shelf, keeping the following in mind:

a. It should be installed about 1″ from the bottom of the cabinet.  You can either measure and mark the location…or use a piece of board as a spacer (my preferred method).  Either way, you want to make sure that it is level.

b. The back end of the drawer slide should be at the back corner of the cabinet.

c. The wheel goes towards the front….toward the cabinet door in this case.

d. Install the second drawer slide on the other side of the cabinet, making sure that it is at the exact same height and installed in the same position…otherwise your shelf will not roll smoothly.

Using a spacer piece of wood makes installing the drawer slides in the right location easier | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
Using a spacer piece of wood makes installing the drawer slides in the right location easier

2. Attach the drawer slides for the upper shelf.  This will follow the same process as the bottom shelf but at a different height.  You can choose the height based on what you want to store on the shelf.  I installed mine at about 12″.

Tilt the shelf to get it in the cabinet door | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
Tilt the shelf to get it in the cabinet door

3. Tilt the first shelf to get it to fit into the door.

4. Install the bottom shelf first.  Hold the shelf up at an angle and slide the drawer slide wheels on the back of the shelf over the drawer slide wheel installed in the cabinet.

Slide shelf into the drawer slides | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
Slide shelf into the drawer slides

5. Then you should be able to push the shelf all the way back into the cabinet.

The two shelves pushed into the corner | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
The two shelves pushed into the corner

6. Install the upper shelf and you are finished with this portion of the project!

The Finished Shelves

The two shelves pulled out | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
The two shelves pulled out

Here are my finished pull out shelves.

Putting the heavier and larger items on the bottom shelf make them easy to access | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
Putting the heavier and larger items on the bottom shelf make them easy to access

I tend to store things that I don’t use that often, but need to be able to get to occasionally.  Since there is more room over the bottom shelf when it is pulled out, I store taller and heavier things on this shelf.  The extra room makes them easier to get at.

The shelves with cooking supplies | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
The shelves with cooking supplies

The top shelf is used for lighter and shorter things that I can pull out without needing a lot of head room.

The shelves pushed back into the cabinet | How To Build Blind Corner Cabinet Pull Out Shelves
The shelves pushed back into the cabinet

In either case, these pull out shelves have definitely made the blind corner of the cabinet much easier to access!

Click here to go to part 2 of this project where you will find out how to make the pull out drawer for the front of the cabinet


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6 Responses

  • Hi Wanda,

    I’ve been trying to get my blind corner to work since I bought my house last year. Thank you for figuring this out for me! 😉 I’m looking for part 2. Have you posted it? If so, I’m not finding it on your webpage. Thanks! I just signed up for your email too! =)

  • do you have instructions for organizing your pots and pans under the kitchen sink. Im interested in may be constructing pull out rolling shelves. do you have any ideas.

    • Hi Bernadette…I have some of my pots in drawers and I love it, so I think the rolling shelves would work well (I have never done that though, so I don’t have specific instructions). Making them under the sink is a little trickier since you have to work around the plumbing. But I think if you cut the back of the shelves out so that they would go around the pipes, they should still work. Or if there isn’t a lot of room around the plumbing at the back of the cabinet, you might just want to cut the shelves narrower so they don’t reach all the way back. Then you can install them like usual with drawer slides on either side of the cabinet (just like I did with the back of the blind corner cabinet). I would be tempted to put low edges on the front and back of the shelves just to keep the pots from sliding off. I hope this helps!

  • Good idea, Wanda. Now you just have to figure out how to pull out the front section so you don’t have to unload to get at the back section. Now there’s a challenge for you. (My attempt at being funny.)

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