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TikTok Creator Shares A Budget-Friendly Way To Create Extra Kitchen Storage

Kitchen storage space is often so limited that you must figure out ways to make use of neglected areas. These spots provide you with a bit more room to store your essentials. Overlooked areas like the space above your refrigerator or hard-to-reach cabinets can help you make the most of your kitchen storage. If you have cabinets above the kitchen sink, you may have a gap there that can actually serve as alternative kitchen storage space as well. TikTok creator @tasarmi revealed that you can pull this off by installing a shelf within the gap, simply using shelf brackets to secure it in place.

Once this above-the-sink shelf is installed, you can use it to stack dishware. The additional shelving will give you more room to stay organized and minimize kitchen clutter. And, if you have a tiny kitchen, you might find this particularly helpful. However, it would also be a perfect way to display decor since it is exposed. If you are intimidated by the idea of installing your own shelving, fear not because this beginner-friendly project is super simple.

Installing a shelf above your kitchen sink affordably

TikToker @tasarmi shared a video explaining where you can snag the supplies you need to complete this affordable project. As you can see, the gap between the content creator's above-the-sink cabinets allowed enough room to add the shelf. Keep in mind that you may have to skip out on this hack if your cabinets are not designed similarly. You might want to check to see if there is a gap between the cabinets above your refrigerator that would work as well. As for the installation materials, you can choose from a few different shelf boards from Lowe's.

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The video features a gray shelf board, but Rubbermaid also sells a white shelf board priced at $10.98 from Lowe's. Keep in mind that this item only comes in one size. Alternatively, the Chestnut Oak Rubbermaid shelf board sold by Lowe's is available in a few different size options, so it may be a better fit for some. The price for this item ranges from $9.98 to $17.98, depending on which size you select. 

Finally, just as @tasarmi mentioned, Amazon is a great place to snag shelf brackets to attach your shelf to the wall. If you do not like the black brackets shown in the video, you can explore Amazon's many other options or visit your local hardware store. The Alise Floating Shelf Brackets, for example, are white and priced at only $7.99.

Tips for a smooth installation

Before starting this project, ensure you have an electric drill that works well to easily attach your shelf bracket. Most of the brackets sold on Amazon already come with all of the mounting hardware you need, so you do not have to worry about going out and purchasing these materials separately. Once you have all of your materials prepared, you will need to start by identifying the studs in the wall and measuring and marking the area where you will be installing your brackets. This will ensure they are evenly spaced and aligned properly.

Next, install your shelf brackets using the spots you previously marked as a guide. The exact procedure for mounting the brackets will vary, so refer to the instruction manual that came with the ones you purchased. Lastly, attach your shelf to the brackets. Refer to your user manuals to confirm the weight capacity of your new shelf before loading it. This way, you can enjoy the new storage space in your kitchen with confidence that it's stable.