Build An In-Counter Recycle Bin

If you're looking for a way to keep your recycling bins handy and organised but out of the way, this clever recycling bin cabinet does the trick.

Over at IKEAHacker, they highlight how one German reader hid his recycling bins by crafting a clever cabinet for his kitchen. He lives in an apartment and space was tight, so the best way to have the recycle bins handy but out of sight was to take some inexpensive IKEA components and make a hidden recycling storage area:

We took an Akurum cupboard with Applad doors and handles to match our Ikea kitchen. Put the worktop on which is also used in the kitchen and cut two round holes in it. We sealed and glued the inside cut with edging strip which came with the work top. As lids we used some wooden food plates which Ikea sold in the summer and added Ikea door knobs. In order for the lids not to fall through we cut the holes in the Akurum top about 2 cm smaller than the one in the worktop.

While those of you with spacious suburban garages may not be running to build a recycle bin-stashing-counter any time soon, for urban dwellers tight on space it's a clever use of space.

Have your own way of dealing with the bulk of recycling without sacrificing the bottom of your pantry or entryway closet to recycle bins? Let's hear about it in the comments.

Recycle Bin Solution [IKEAHacker]


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