This Smart $3 Hack Turns Any Available Surface Into Temporary Extra Storage

This Smart $3 Hack Turns Any Available Surface Into Temporary Extra Storage

Dabney Frake
May 7, 2018

Is your kitchen bursting at the seams? If you're going a little crazy trying to fit all your stuff in your space, this is the hack for you. It's a great quick (and temporary) way to up your storage game with an affordable, DIY solution that makes better use of your cabinets and shelving.

Each of these hacks start with inexpensive PVC strips , which you can buy very cheaply at Home Depot, or for a little bit more on Amazon. Officially called divider molding, they are designed to finish off the seams between large wall panels or ceiling tiles, and hold them in place. Turns out, their grooves also make perfect impromptu railings that, when mounted, can also be used to slide objects onto.

(Image credit: Home Depot)

A 96" length sells for under $3, so this is a super easy, budget project—fantastic for renters, or for those who want something temporary. The PVC strips come with either one channel or two (seen above) and they easily cut with scissors, a utility knife, or trim snips. Using adhesive velcro strips, attach underneath a cabinet or shelf:

Here are just three potential ways to use them:

Create an Extra Drawer

Mount these under any surface, then slide a bin into the railings. We used some clear caddies from Target (which sell for $4.99), which have a little lip that slides perfectly into the grooves. Not only are these useful to add inside cabinets, but could also be mounted on the underside of a drawer-less desk, for storing office supplies—or anywhere else you need extra space to stick a little extra stuff.

Mount Loose Coffee Pods

If your coffee pods live in one of those bulky carousels on your counter, or taking up an entire drawer, they are using precious kitchen real estate. Instead, mount a series of these PVC strips—either on the side of your cabinets or fridge, or under a shelf—then store all those loose K cups into the channels. Not only does this free up space, but you can easily see and grab the flavor you want.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Stash Your Cutting Boards

Need a spot for your cutting boards? Narrower cutting boards (like this flexible set from Target) also fit nicely in the grooves. Store a set where they'll be handy to grab, and you won't have to go digging around inside your cabinets.

Those are just a few ideas, but there are bound to be others. Keep an eye out for items that will fit (maybe even upside down wine glasses?) and ramp up your storage capacity at home.

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