How to Install Pull-Out Trash Cans

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I am going to share with you how to install pull-out trash cans into an underused cabinet. When we moved into our new house the first thing we noticed in our kitchen was “where the heck do we put the trash cans!?” We have a fairly large kitchen with plenty of cabinets and a nice size island. It’s basically a U shape with the island in the middle. It’s great but there isn’t a space to place a trash can. We ended up placing it on the wall in the dining room that was right by the kitchen. It was fine and it was close enough but they were just there, out in the open, in the dining room. As we tossed things in the walls got gross. It just wasn’t ideal.

To see how I installed a pull-out shelf for cleaning products check out this post.

In walks this great little product. I had seen these pull out trash cans a bunch of times and loved the idea.

We recently switched the sink from a 2 bowl style to a single with made lots of room under the sink, we thought it would be fabulous to make use of that and put the trash cans under there, out of sight. This Rev-a-shelf fit the bill perfectly. It comes in several sizes so there is something for most spaces. They even have an option to connect the door to the pull out if you have an empty cabinet for the cans. The best part is how easy this thing is to install! So many DIY projects end up being more work than initially expected. This was not one of those projects. I had it installed within 20 minutes. So grab the size that works for you and get those trash cans out of sight!

Here is the step by step on how to install pull-out trash cans: 

Step 1: Clear out the Cabinet

Removed all the things under the cabinet where you want it to do. Whip the area down if necessary.

Step 2: Remove from the box and Assemble

Remove all the plastic, I found laying the parts out on the floor helpful. Place the base on a flat surface.

Connect the arms that hold the trash cans

Here is a close-up, the arms slide in the slots on the base.

attaching the supports

Attach the supports that hold the arms in place.

Be sure the supports are clipped facing open part out. As you can see above I didn’t do that the first time and it caused issues.

Make sure the frame is straight and square with the cabinet and screw in the front screws, then the back screws. I had to pull out the frame a smidge and was able to weasel my way to the back to place the screws. You can also remove the frame if you need to, there are little release triggers on both sides. 

Step 3: Place the pull-out trash cans in the frame!

You’re all done!

NOTE: There is a handle included, we found we just pulled the trash can itself so we left this off, but it snaps on like the crossbars if you want to use it. 

Where are your trash cans right now? Want to install your own? Buy them here!

This is the one I have: Rev-A-Shelf – RV-18KD-18C S – Double 35 Qt. Pull-Out Black and Chrome Waste Container

This is the single can version: Rev-A-Shelf – RV-12KD-18C S – Single 35 Qt. Pull-Out Black and Chrome Waste Container with Rear Basket

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