Category Archives: Handy Tips

Smart Kitchen Corner Storage

Many kitchens have at least one awkward corner which usually ends up being a tumble down pile of plastic containers.


In days gone by a Lazy Susan or a strange kidney shaped shelf was used to swing items from the back to the front. Neither of these items seemed to gain much useful space.

Here is one of the latest options that Top Shelf Cabinets & Woodworking loves to use.




The unit has two banks of metal baskets. Simply pull the first set of baskets out using the handle (see top left of first picture above) and slide to the side to reveal the second set of basket storage. This can then also be pulled forward for easy access. Additionally there is a soft close feature to this unit, so it won’t slam back into place.

Not everyone is a fan of a basket base, especially if small lids are involved, however you could easily add a thin base board or sheet of stiff card to the bottom of each basket.

At Top Shelf we ensure we use the appropriate hinges so the cupboard door opens fully to allow the unit to slide in and out without catching or rubbing.

This particular unit was sourced from on of our trusted suppliers Galvin Hardware.

Stay tuned for our next blog post on keeping your cutlery drawer tidy.

Handles for the Kitchen

While there is no one handle to suit every kitchen, there are a few ground rules to follow when selecting your handles.

1) Choose a handle proportionate to the door or drawer front. If the handle is too small you may have trouble opening the door. If it is too big it may look clunky. It is usually possible to get the same handle style in different sizes to suit different parts of the kitchen.


2) If you have drawers it is better to choose one long centrally located handle rather than 2 short handles or knobs. This ensures even opening of the drawer and can prolong the life of your runners.

3) Consider the foot traffic in the room. It is not unusual to step sideways around the kitchen. Handles with a T style end can catch on pockets and clothes generally.


4) Look at your appliances. Taking style clues from your oven handle (shape and colour) can be helpful. Likewise with your dishwasher or microwave.

5) Choose something that is easy to wipe clean as handles will get used during cooking.

6) Don’t be afraid to have some fun if you want!

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There are many, many handles to choose from.


Ask us for advice today. Top Shelf Cabinets & Woodworking in Perth WA.