In my constant search to create more storage space, I started using those plastic storage drawers that anyone can buy from a local department store, such as Wal-Mart. They really come in handy to help me un-clutter here and there. I couldn’t help but notice; however, that they would work even better for me if they stacked on top of each other, because the space above thedrawers seems otherwise wasted. Unfortunately the particular brand of drawers I’d purchased is not designed to stack. Difficult as it may be, I really needed them to do this, so after examining them a bit closer, I think I’ve found a fairly easy DIY method of making them stackable.
Two or three sets of 3-drawer plastic storage bins (I stacked 3 sets)
Drill and a drill bit to match the width of the cable ties
Wire cutter or snips for cutting cable ties
If you’re considering doing this make sure to try stacking the plastic storage drawer sets to be sure that this project will work for you, (I did this while at the store, and I’m sure I looked crazy.) In order for this to work, you will need the separate sets to meet together in four places on both the top set and bottom set, mine met at all four corners. You will also need there to be hollow space behind and/or underneath where they meet together, in order to thread through and attach cable ties.
Stack and mark for drilling
Stack one set of 3-drawer plastic bins on top of another set. Line up all four corners and make sure you have at least 4 places where both sets meet together with space behind and/or underneath.
Make four marks on both the top and bottom set where you will drill your holes.
Make sure to check for and avoid marking a spot that has any obstructions from the plastic behind. (The picture above shows an example of an obstruction.)
Use a drill bit that is as close to the size but not any smaller than the width of the thin part of your cable ties.
Drill four holes in both sets of 3-drawer bins where you have made your marks.
Thread cable ties
Thread the cable ties through to holes in the top bin first, and then place the top bin on the bottom bin and thread the cable ties through the holes in the bottom bin.
Feel your cable ties together and tighten to secure. You should fine that your top and bottom bin and fitting together pretty nicely and securely at this point.
Snip off or cut the excess of the cable ties.
You can stack two storage bins together or three. I actually stacked three sets together, which makes it pretty tall, but it works for me. You can also attach 3M tape to the back of the unit and adhere to the wall.
Do you think this project will help you find extra storage space? Let me know, I’d love to hear about it.
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