Pull Out Shelves
Everything you need to know about pull out shelves
What are pull out shelves?
A pull out shelf, also known as a glide out shelf, roll out shelf or slide out shelf, is a shelf that can be moved forward on slides (also known as rails) that allow each shelf to extend from the cabinet to maximize storage and accessibility at the back of a cupboard or cabinet. Most pullout shelves feature a shallow lip around the edge so that items don’t fall off as the shelf glides in and out.
Pull out shelves are found in the kitchen cabinets, pantries, closets, offices, bathroom cabinets and vanities. Pull out shelves can also be retrofitted to your furniture, including bookcases, hutches, armoires, and entertainment centers.
Some pull out shelves use ball bearing rails (also known as drawer slides) to move in and out of the cabinet or storage space. Professional grade rails are typically made of zinc-plated, cold rolled steel and feature a lubricated steel ball bearing system for durability and smooth operation.
All rails are either full extension or over-travel, depending on the application.
Full extension rails extend 100% of the rail’s length.
Over-travel rails will extend 100% of the rail’s length plus an additional length.
Standard shelves and rails can support between 20 – 100 lbs. of weight. Shelves with steel grade rails can hold 100 – 200 lbs.
Existing cabinets can be retrofitted to accommodate pull-out shelving. Most cabinets have adjustable shelves and are easily removed. If your shelving is fixed in place, you can consult a woodworker to see it the shelves can be removed. Shelving can be made-to-fit or custom-fit your cabinets.
- Increase storage by up to 50%
- Better Organization
- Able to reach the back of the shelf with ease
- Save time searching for items
- Save money by not letting food go to waste
ShelfGenie Pull Out Shelves Solutions
Single Height or standard pull out shelves are perfect for storing cookware, bakeware and other “low height” items. They can be used in cabinets and pantries throughout the home.
Blind Corner Cabinet Solution
A blind corner, also known as a corner cabinet or dead cabinet space, refers to the deep, sometimes inaccessible, space of a corner cabinet. Different internal shelving systems used in blind corners include lazy-susans, drawers, and custom shaped shelves. Blind Corner pull out shelves convert lost cabinet space into usable space. They consist of two perpendicular shelves: one pulls out of the cabinet into the room to allow the rear pull out to be pulled forward into the space vacated by the first pull out shelf.
The U-Shaped pull out shelf helps return wasted space in any cabinet with an obstruction located in the back of the cabinet. The unique design offers maximum usability of the Glide-Out given undesired space constraints. This nifty shape is commonly used under counter top stoves to by-pass gas lines.
Risers & Caddies
Risers and caddies are small, narrow units designed to be used in combination with a lower, full-size pull out shelf. Together, the two-tiered unit takes full advantage of lost cabinet space due to obstructions, such as water and drain pipes. Risers are most commonly used in bathrooms and under kitchen sinks.
Slopes offer further pull out customization. Slopes prevent tall items from tipping when stored in the back of the pull out shelf. These are often used in the upper portion of a pantry.
A scoop is usually added when pull out shelves are stacked on top of each other with minimal clearance. The scoop provides a handle to pull out the shelf in spite of the small amount of height clearance.
Pull Out Shelves Mounting Styles
With standard mounts, the rails are installed directly into the cabinet interior. This are the most commonly used mounting when installing pull out shelves.
Full Mounting Shelves
Full mounting shelves, or base mounts with slides, are used in conjunction with pull outs when the existing space does not have an adequate mounting surface for proper pull out shelving installation.