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7 Creative Ways to Hide Your Kitchen Trash Can

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Whether it’s the nasty smell of an open trash can, a nosey pet, or gaining more space in a tiny kitchen, hiding your trash bins is a useful endeavor.

There are many simple ways we can rework our kitchens and homes with the use of accessories and storage products. 

Lots of those ideas can help to hide and conceal trash cans.

In this article I focus more on permanent solutions rather than quick fixes. I came up with a few that may serve as useful.

How Can I Hide a Kitchen Trash Can?

Here are simple ideas to get you off on the right foot. Some of these ideas may require a bit of installation and or assembly, so be prepared for a little DIY. That’s what we love around here though, right?

  • Use an under-counter trash slide out kit
  • Use an in-cabinet trash storage pull out in lower cabinet
  • Use a pre-made stand-alone cabinet with tilt out door
  • Use a small trash bin that hangs on lower cabinet door
  • Go mobile with rolling trash bin storage container
  • Use a mounted pivot out trash can that operates lid as cabinet opens
  • Go small with under-sink pull out trash cans

1. Under-Counter Trash Slide Out with Recycle Bin

This trash pull out from Simplehuman makes it easy to get a permanent solution to trash storage. It easily mounts to the cabinet floor with just a few screws.

It glides in and out of the cabinet on sturdy ball-bearing guides. There’s a recycle version and also a regular single bin version too!

  • Permanent in-cabinet storage
  • Glides in and out of cabinet
  • Integrated handle pull
    Some have lids (eliminate smells)
Dual compartment trash pull out storage for both regular and recycling waste.

2. Interior Cabinet Pull Out Trash Cans

If you have the interior cabinet space, these pull out trash products can be a worthwhile addition to every kitchen. There’s virtually a pull out trash can that will work with any type of cabinet style.

As pull out trash cans sit inside the cabinet, the most important thing is to verify the measurements of the cabinet width, depth and height.

As an example, let’s say you have an 18″ base cabinet with a 1.5″ face frame, you’ll end up with a 15″ width opening. Since we need the pull out trash can to slide in and out of the cabinet, we’ll need some extra space on each side.

Ideally, our pull out trash can would be less than 14-3/4″ wide.

Slide out trash storage products typically come as a complete unit, which include frame assembly, right and left slides, one or two waste bins and the mounting hardware.

Comes with a cabinet door moutning kit, bin(s), frame assembly and all mounting hardware for the install.

3. Tilt-Out Trash Can Cabinets

A truly creative way to hide your trash is to use a tilt-out trash can cabinet. These are the next best thing to using an interior cabinet pull out trash can.

Tilt-out trash can cabinets do double duty and act as an extra counter or side table. With lots of colors/finishes available, it’s easy to make them blend in and be an extension of your kitchen.

What you loose in floor space, you gain in drawer and counter space.

The typical dimensions for tilt-out cabinets are about 20″ Wide x 12.5″ Deep x 25″-34″ High.

Some benefits of using this method is that it provides:

  • Great access to your hidden waste bin(s)
  • Tilt-out cabinets can match existing decor
  • Gain more counter space in smaller spaces
Solid pine wood, old distressed finish, lots of colors to choose from, comes with the bin and made in the USA.

4. Cabinet Door Hanging Trash Can Storage

A kitchen drawer hanging bin may be a bit smaller, but it works well under the counter. The 2.6 gallon can is big enough to throw lots away quickly and easily. If you don’t want it hanging on your door, you can mount it to the inside of the cabinet or wall with a provided bracket.

  • Lid flap
  • Removable plastic bucket
  • Hangs on door or mounts to inside of door
2.6 gallon bin for in-cabinet trash with heavy-duty steel frame. Hangs on cabinet door for easy access.

5. Mobile Kitchen Trash Can With Gliding Wheels

When in doubt, you can always move this awesome iTouchless trash can around the kitchen and even hide it within a pantry or tucked away in a laundry room. This is a great idea if you don’t have a spare cabinet or generate lots of trash.

The entire trash can dimensions according to the manufacturer are 12.75” D x 10.75” W x 28.5” H.

  • Removable wheels with locking feature
  • 13 gallon deodorizer trash can
  • Touchless operation (hand sensor)
  • Stainless steel
13 gallon stainless steel sensor trash can with caster wheels.

6. Under Sink Pivot-Out Trash Can

The more we try and hide or conceal our trash storage, the more limited our options become. Often times we give up bin size for some better functionality. That’s where finding unique products like pivot out waste containers is useful.

Pivot out trash cans can work in both kitchen and in vanity cabinets. Why are they called “pivot out” waste containers? As you pull the cabinet door open the trash can will pivot out towards you and the lid will open.

You’ll sacrifice some of the interior cabinet space as this needs room inside, but it certainly hides the can.

As with anything that installs into the interior of the cabinet, gathering dimensions is needed. Also, be aware of any plumbing pipes or garbage disposal that may interfere as pivot out waste containers need to rotate back into the cabinet.

When your cabinet opens, the bin rotates out and the lid opens. Perfect for any bathroom or small kitchen.

7. Dual-Bin Under Sink Trash Can Pull Out

This is another handy one. If you want multiple compartments for taking around the house, this is an ideal pull out. You’ll get a large 16 quart front bin and a smaller 9 quart bin in the back. Both come with lids and handles.

The dual bins sit in a frame with slides. It also comes with an integrated handle pull. This is easy to install as well.

The manufacturer lists dimensions as 8-5/16″ wide x 18-5/8″ deep x 14-1/4″ high.

  • Comes as a complete kit
  • Dual bins with handles and lids
  • Soft closing slides
  • Great for under sink trash
  • Easy install with four screws
Dual bin pull out waste containers with one 15-Liter bin for trash and one 8-Liter bin for recyclables.

DIY Project for Trash Storage

Here’s a cool idea for a DIY project from Hometalk. They used two base cabinet doors and quickly transformed them into a tilt out trash storage.

They took the cabinet door off the frame, then put a hinge on the bottom of the cabinet. This allowed the door to now be swung out towards the users instead of left or right.

Then, they took chains that held the trash bins in place. This made it easy to simply tilt the cabinet outwards when disposing of garbage! Pretty cool idea.

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