Under-Sink Storage Ideas that Avoid Plumbing

Under-Sink Storage Solutions

Assessing The Area

The under-sink region is often times one of the areas that could benefit most from an organizer pullout or waste bin. We store cleaners, solutions, rags, sponges and other random things we happen to uncover once spring cleaning commences.

The difficult part about finding an organization solution for all those items is that annoying plumbing intrusion and the bulky garbage disposal. Expandable shelving racks or plastic storage containers get the job done, but what about a more permanent solution…a solution that actually makes grabbing supplies easier.

Getting Measurements

We’ve gathered some organizer options for under-sink areas that you might benefit from. These are all fairly simple to install and just require accurate measurements to make sure there is clearance from any plumbing or disposals.

Your under-sink area may involve various plumbing intrusions depending on your location and construction, so getting correct measurements will make it easy to see what limits you are working with.

Under-sink storage ideas

The Cleaning Pullout with Bin and Spray Bottles

This pullout features a reduced depth making it a good option for under-sink and vanity applications. The flat base makes it easy to clean too. It has soft-closing slides which mount to the base of your cabinet with just a few screws. An incorporated handle gives you more control over the operation.

The total depth is 18-19/32″ (472mm) and the height of the entire unit including the bin is 14-3/16″ (360mm). It’s a handy pullout and if the dimensions work in your application, it could serve as a simple solution.

The U-Shaped Pullout

The unique U-shaped design of this pullout gives plenty of room for any possible plumbing interference. These pullout baskets are designed for either 33″ or 36″ sink base cabinets. Features include full-extension soft-closing slides, versions with maple, gray or wire bottoms and optional door mounting brackets.

One great attribute about this particular under-sink pullout is the ability to either bottom or side mount it. You can even use two and have one mounted above for more storage.


The Reduced Depth Pullout Waste Bin

This pullout is a kit that comes with the white wire frame, slides, and 20qt. waste can. It is one of the more popular trash pull outs for kitchens. Yes, it’s not an organizer per se, but it is a simple way to quickly dispose of trash while next to your sink.

A clever trick is to rotate this pullout so the can fits length wise along the side of the cabinet. The depth of the unit is about 15″ (370mm), so make sure you avoid any plumbing protruding down. Just four supplied screws mounts the product to the base of your cabinet.


The Door Mounted Sponge & Bottle Holder

Using door storage is also an option if space is limited. It may not be the best solution, but it allows for easy access of sponges and cleaners. This door mounted organizer actually has a removable plastic insert at the top to prevent sponge moisture from getting to the wood.

It has 5″ of adjustability on the door mounting brackets. This makes it easy to hit the “meat” of your door when installing. The 5″ depth gives you plenty of space inside the cabinet. This product is also a good opportunity to include a door activated light switch for your cabinet. When opening your door, LED light fixtures can illuminate a dark cabinet.


If you have any further suggestions on how to utilize this space, let us know in the comments. This is one of those spaces that can get overlooked, but has a lot of potential. From small door storage to a complete soft-closing pullout basket, the possibilities are wide ranging. Good luck on your search and let us know if you have any questions about these particular products. Thanks for reading!

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