If you are like me and love to cook, you may find that you can accumulate so many different cooking gadgets, spices, dishes, and cookware. Wouldn’t it be nice if you were able to have your cabinets organized and everything was easy to get to? You could have the spices that you need right at your fingertips the minute you need them instead of pulling all of your spices out of the cabinet searching for the ones that you need. By installing a Lazy Susan in one or more of your cabinets, this may help solve some of your problems and start you on your way to getting your kitchen cabinets organized.
There are so many choices. You can convert your kitchen cabinets to house a half moon corner shelf swing out, rotating corner shelves, an upper cabinet Lazy Susan system, multi-shelf Lazy Susans, just to name a few.
Lazy Susans are made from a variety of products. You will find that some Lazy Susans are made from wood, while others are made from plastic. No matter what they are made from each are designed to hold different weights. Be sure to select the correct one for your project.
To make a wooden Lazy Susan you will need a wooden round board, stain, Lazy Susan bearing (the smaller you buy, the less weight it will be able to hold), drill, screws, felt or rubber matting, and hardware to hold your Lazy Susan in place.
First you need to choose a round board that will fit inside your cabinet. Once you have selected your board, you will need to stain the wood and let it dry. The ideal situation is to install your Lazy Susan while you are in the building stages of your kitchen and the cabinets have not yet been finished. If you are past that stage you can still install a Lazy Susan in your cabinet. It just gives you easier access to your cabinet.
Once dry, lay your stained board upside down on a flat work surface. Lay the Lazy Susan bearing top down and center it on your round board. The top of the bearing will be the one with the largest diameter center hole. If you recess your board and install your Lazy Susan bearing inside, the height on the Lazy Susan will be smaller and it will give more space in your cabinet verses one that is not recessed.
Align the three-quarter inch hole that is in the bottom of the bearing with one of the holes in the top of the bearing. The five-sixteen inch holes that are in the bottom of the bearing should be aligned with the small holes that are in the top of the bearing.
Pre-drill holes for the screws in the board.
Rotate the three-quarter inch hole over each of the small holes to install the screws.
Apply felt or some type of rubber matting to the bottom of the bearing so it won’t scratch anything.
This can be free-standing in your cabinet or you can install hardware to hold this in your cabinet. Once your installation is complete you can begin organizing those shelves. Don’t stop with just one. You may find that your cabinets are so organized that you will want to install more.