Install a tip out tray in front of your sink

tip-out-trayOne of the things that my old kitchen was equipped with that my current kitchen doesn’t have is a tip-out tray immediately in front of the sink. My new home only has a fake attached front to a drawer that doesn’t exist. Instead of the decoration, I wish my new kitchen had a tip-out tray that helped contain our sponge, scrubber, drain plug, and garbage disposal allen wrench.

I’m not sure why all kitchens aren’t equipped with this simple solution. The tip-out tray is inexpensive and it serves a purpose. The fake drawer serve no purpose.

There are different size tip-out trays, so be sure to you measure before ordering. These 36 inch options can be cut to the size that you need, or they can fit a longer, single drawer.

33 Comments for “Install a tip out tray in front of your sink”

  1. posted by Felicia on

    I have tip-out trays in my kitchen and my bathrooms. No scrubbies on the counter in the kitchen and no toothbrushes or toothpaste on the counter in the bathrooms. They are awesome.

  2. posted by Maisy on

    Okay – I like the invisibility of the objects that it hides–but I don’t like the icky residue that builds over time. Mmmm…I suppose one could line it with oilcloth to whip out and wipe down…

  3. posted by Beth on

    I have two tip out drawers in my kitchen – NIRVANA! But, have a question, how do you keep them from getting gross? I was thinking of lining them with that cushy material you line refrigerator drawers with (can’t think of the name right now) or an old discloth that could just be thrown in the washer.

    Any suggestions?

  4. posted by Beth on

    Maisy – we must be long lost twins!

  5. posted by Jane on

    I have the fake drawer covers in my kitchen and bath. Can I remove these covers attach a tip tray and install that?

  6. posted by The Thrifty Renovator on

    I love, love, LOVE tip-out trays. They are so incredibly fabulous in the kitchen AND the bathroom, and I find that they don’t get too icky as long as I (a) rinse and completely wring out the kitchen sponges before placing in the tray; and (b) dry the toothbrush thoroughly before placing in the tray. No muss no fuss. And huge bang for the buck.

  7. posted by Felicia on

    I have tip-out trays in my kitchen and bathrooms. No more scrubbies, toothbrushes, or toothpaste on the counters.

  8. posted by Felicia on

    Sorry, thought my post disappeared.

  9. posted by Felicia on

    I can slide my tip-out trays off the screws and remove them to clean. I haven’t put them in the dishwasher yet, but I bet it would work. @Jane – check with your local hardware store, I bet you could install them. I saw the hardware at Lowes and Home Depot.

  10. posted by Laura on

    Even when I was a renter, I installed these myself in every place I lived – bathroom and kitchen. They are a must! They’re easier to install with two people and a flexible doodad that fits onto the end of your drill or electric screwdriver, but I’ve also installed them with hand tools. Home Depot, Lowes and several online mailhouses carry them. They wash up just fine in the top rack of a dishwasher.

  11. posted by Sapphire on

    I’ve had these in my last couple of houses and I loved them! Now if I could just convince my husband the cabinetmaker to do a little bit of work on MY cabinets after he’s done building them for other people…

  12. posted by Chris W on

    “I’m not sure why all kitchens aren’t equipped with this simple solution. The tip-out tray is inexpensive and it serves a purpose. The fake drawer serve no purpose.”

    Where there’s ample space, that’s absolutely true. However, some sink bowls occupy much (or all) of the space directly behind the front of the sink cabinet. If that space is too narrow, the tip-out tray’s hardware cannot fit into place, and the next good-looking option is the false drawer.

  13. posted by kyle on

    This is a great idea! to solve the whole cleaning issue, it wouldnt be very difficult to make your own tip out drawer using a modified metal trowel and some brackets, so the whole thing can be removed for washing like the ash tray in your car…

  14. posted by Shalin on

    I soooo gotta do this. Thanks for this post! :)
    –S

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  18. posted by L. on

    We have them in front of our kitchen sink, but the prior owners of the house got them nasty and gunky and, due to their location, I can’t figure out a way to unscrew them for cleaning (they do not slide out). Maybe I’ll just get an old sponge and have at them this weekend, though–or does anyone else have any tips?

  19. posted by knitwych on

    Our house had the beginnings of these tip-out trays in the kitchen – the panels were outfitted with the hinges. However, the little trays weren’t there. I picked up a couple of skinny plastic silverware trays from the dollar store, a few washers and screws, and tah dah! Cheap tip-out trays.

  20. posted by Rue on

    Never would have even thought of these! All the places I’ve lived had the faux drawer fronts. Definitely will keep it in mind for when I buy a house!

  21. posted by ari_1965 on

    “(b) dry the toothbrush thoroughly before placing in the tray”

    How do you dry a toothbrush thoroughly? Blow dryer? I don’t have time to be drying my toothbrush.

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  23. posted by Alys on

    It seems these tip-out trays just create extra work for you. You either have to clean them regularly or ensure that everything that goes in them is clean and dry (“dry the toothbrush thoroughly”??!!) Would it not be better to accept that the kitchen and bathroom sinks will have a small number of important, frequently-used items permanently visible next to them, rather than spending your time doing unnecessary cleaning and drying? Items that are used often and are left out where they are most conveniently accessed are not a bad kind of clutter.

  24. posted by Tania on

    I’ve never heard of this before. That would be awesome. Will be investigating this weekend. :)

  25. posted by gail gray on

    Am I the only one who removes theirs?!?! I cannot tell you how much the thought of putting a wet sponge (or toothbrush – even worse) in a dark cabinet makes me cringe. This seems like the perfect environment to grow bacteria and mold! If you have ever moved into a home and seen what grows on these things when they haven’t been cleaned – a great science fair project to say the least! And for the record, I am not a clean freak/germ phobe :)

  26. posted by Kristen @TheFrugalGirl on

    Gail, that’s what I was thinking! I have enough trouble keeping sponges and the like clean and odor-free even when I let them dry out on the counter(where there is light and air circulation).

    I might use one for things like cleaning toothbrushes, cleaning gloves, or something like that, but not for my everyday sponge.

  27. posted by Tania on

    ^^^ I thought about that too, but I also thought (perhaps imagined) that the back of the drawer in the photo was vented? If I can’t find (or make one) that’s vented that’s not going to work. Wet in an enclosed, dark space is n’good.

  28. posted by RP-in-TX on

    The ones on my sink have keyhole style screw slots holding them to the fake drawer front. Just slide them up and they come right out. I throw them in the dishwasher about once a week.

  29. posted by Miss Heather on

    Our apartment’s kitchen sink has a tip-out front with a shelf behind it that opens into the rest of the cabinet, not a tray. There are ventilation holes drilled in the floor of the cabinet, too, in the toe-kick area.

  30. posted by hallie on

    Seconding the comments re. not wanting to put damp items in a dark drawer. The mold, the bacteria, the “unfreshness”! And I agree with the commenter who pointed out that sponges and toothbrushes are not clutter. They are accepted parts of kitchen/bathroom counter life.

  31. posted by Jimmy37 on

    A tip-out tray is the perfect place to accumulate water, mold, and scum. It’s more work to keep clean and dry than it’s worth in decluttering the sink. Even if it’s vented, it doesn’t work.

  32. posted by The home remodeling on

    that seem to be useless, perhaps was made for decoration purpose. Is it difficult make it or built it into a tip-out tray?

  33. posted by Brian on

    Any Ideas where I can get tip-out drawers that are smaller than 11 inches. I bought the 11″ set and they are just a tad bit too big for the opening?

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