Suggestions re Shelf Thickness Please
A friend has asked for her kitchen to be reworked using drawers rather than shelves - there are medical reasons behind the refit, but also it was time for repairs in some areas. The kitchen cupboards are already fitted and it is not feasible to pull them out unless we want to start again from scratch. This means that I can't drive in any screws/nails from the outside for one thing.
The pantry is my biggest area of concern. It is 1200mm wide and the current 16mm whiteboard shelves are sagging. The owners complaint is she doesn't have enough storage space, and if anything is at the back of a shelf she has to pull everything out to get to it. She also wants flexibility to rearrange the shoves in the future.
With all this in mind - and I realise that this is a 2 sentence summary of a 2 hour conversation so lot of details are left out - I have come up with the attached drawing which she loves. The key features are drawers below waist height, and rollout shelves above waist height. The rollout shelves are half the width of the pantry just to make the easier to use, however this implies a dividing wall in the middle, and a shelf above the drawers to support that wall and all the weight put on it by the rollout shelves. I have some 25mm whiteboard already which would be perfect for that slot, however I am wondering if 25mm is thick enough and I should go to 32mm. 32mm is a lot more work as I will have to glue 2 16mm boards together and I don't have any suitable edge tape for that width.
The rollout shelves are relocatable. the shelf itself fits inside a U frame, and the frame sits on top of two side cleats and underneath a back cleat, with pins to hold it in position. There are 15 sets of cleats on each side, and the shelves can be put into any of the cleat positions that suit. She loves this idea. The only real issue I have is the one mentioned in the previous paragraph, how thick the supporting shelf needs to be, and how to fix that shelf adequately when I can't get to the outside of the cabinet to drive in screws. At the moment, I am using 15-20 L shaped brackets that screw to the walls and the shelf.
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