How to Install a Tip-Out Tray in a Cabinet
Tip-out trays create additional storage by using the space behind false front drawer panels typically installed in front of sinks. Converting the false drawer of a sink cabinet into usable storage is an easy way to store small items such as sponges, scrub brushes, peelers, and cleaners. With a few common hand tools and tip-out tray kit which can be purchased online or at most home improvement centers is all you need to improve the organization of your cabinetry.
Tip-out trays are comprised of a plastic or stainless steel tray mounted to the back of a drawer front and a set of hinges. Some hinges will snap back into place when closed while other styles may require a magnetic catch be installed on the drawer frame opening and drawer front to keep the tip-out tray closed.
Tip-Out Tray Hinge
Bottom Mount Hinge
You will also want to measure how much space you have between the cabinet and the sink base. Manufacturers have a few standard sizes, but many also make slim line trays that will fit into narrower spaces usually found in bathroom vanities.
Make sure you kit can be used for your style of cabinet; face framed or frameless. Face framed cabinets will have a hardwood band around the openings for drawers and doors while frameless, or European, cabinets will have a ½” or ¾” panel for the structural support of the cabinet.
Face Framed and Frameless Cabinets
Tools and Materials
Tip-out tray kit
A cordless drill/driver may be helpful for installing the hinges in the side of the frame.
1. Before taking off the drawer front mark the back side of the drawer front with a pencil where the cabinet frame covers the drawer panel. This will give you the inside dimension of the opening so that you can purchase the correct size tray. You should also place a piece of painter’s tape along the bottom edge of the drawer front and one edge so you can make sure it is installed back into the original position.
2. Remove the false drawer fronts carefully to avoid damage. Some fronts are held in place with a plastic corner block and screws where others are attached with long staples. Use a screwdriver or pliers to remove the fasteners.
3. Measure the false front with a measuring tape in order to purchase the correct size tip-out trays and hinges.
4. Mark the hinge placement on the cabinet and false front with measuring tape and pencil. Most kits have a template included with the installation instruction.
5. Install the hinges on both sides of the cabinet opening using the screwdriver. There are different types of hinges used by different manufactures. Locate the front edge of the hinges flush with the outside of the cabinet and install the flat head screws provided in the middle of the elongated holes.
6. Attach the drawer fronts to the hinges, carefully avoiding scratching or marking the finish.
7. Install the trays by attaching them to the hinges and drawer fronts according to the manufacturer's instructions. Use the lines drawn on the back of the drawer front as a guide to center the tray. Some kits use screws where the tray can be lifted off and removed for cleaning while others may be secured into place with adhesive.