4 Cheap Ways to Make a Kitchen Unit

July 28, 2018

Read this article if you are interested in making your own functional and beautiful kitchen unit with inexpensive materials.

Did you move recently and don’t have a kitchen unit to store your utensils, pots and pans? If not, don’t worry! Here are some great ideas that you can use to make your own kitchen unit with some really inexpensive and easy-to-find materials. They will certainly end up looking very original!

A kitchen unit is a piece of furniture made up of one or more horizontally arranged boards used to place multiple objects. It may be nailed to the wall to make a hanging shelf or just placed on the floor. The interesting thing is that these two options have multiple presentations. Of course, everything will depend on your needs and creativity.

What materials can I use?

When you’re thinking of making a piece of furniture, you also need to think about the materials you’re going to use and how you want to personalize it. So, it’s normal for you to wonder about what materials you can use to make your own kitchen unit.

Well, the answer is very simple: you can choose objects with alternative uses. For example, picture frames, the back of a chair, cabinets, breakfast trays, and curtain rods.

kitchen unit

4 ways to make a kitchen unit

  1. Shelves


If you don’t have a lot of floor space, you can use your walls. You can make shelves with materials such as wooden boards and arrange them in several ways, such as:

  • Traditional: place several shelves horizontally with equidistant spacing between them. These types of shelves usually include brackets to hold them in place.
  • Super original: the boards are arranged horizontally, but create a specific shape. For example, place several boards of different lengths and create a type of pyramid. This design is very attractive and functional because it allows you to place objects according to how much you use them.
  • Mixed: place a piece of wood or metal and place three or four see-through baskets or boxes. This way, you can easily see what you’ve stored in each one. Wire baskets look really amazing in these types of shelves.
  1. With drawers or breakfast trays

Another good option is to reuse some unused furniture drawers. To do this, the first step is to remove the handles, clean them, and redecorate them so they’ll look great in your kitchen (for this you’ll only need some paint and varnish). Follow the same steps if using breakfast trays. It’s worth mentioning that both drawers and breakfast trays can be arranged vertically or horizontally when turning them into a kitchen unit.

Read this article too: 6 Brilliant Ways to Decorate a Small Kitchen

  1. With boxes

Wooden boxes are very versatile. Depending on their depth, you can use them to make your own kitchen unit. As with the drawers and trays, you can arrange them both vertically and horizontally.

kitchen unit with boxes

  1. With tubes

Instead of resorting to the brackets or bases that you can find in any hardware store, you can make your own with copper tubes. Place the shelves on the wall and add tubes as the “brackets” to make sure they’re stable.

When it comes to decorating your shelves, you can use whatever colors you like. However, it’s a good idea to use white and neutral colors, since they usually don’t bore people out. What’s really important is choosing and painting the kitchen unit with the right paint, since a lot of grease builds up in the kitchen. Nowadays, there are many products that are applied as a varnish and make cleaning a lot easier.

In short, a simple design can help you have a functional and beautiful kitchen unit. Whether it’s small or large, the important thing is stability. You must be very careful when assembling them and fixing them on the wall to make sure you don’t hurt yourself and that the shelves won’t fall when you place objects on them.

As you have seen, it’s possible to make a kitchen unit in beautiful and original ways with cheap materials. So there’s no excuse to not try these ideas out!

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