Why You Need Double Trash Pull-Outs In Your New Kitchen


Why You Need Double Trash Pull-Outs In Your New Kitchen

As you sit with your kitchen designer, planning out all the items you want in your newly remodeled kitchen, a double pull-out trash system is on the “must-have list”. You will be required to make many decisions for your new kitchen, and interior cabinet storage accessories are equally as important as cabinets and countertops. They will make your life so much easier, and since they’re part of the cabinet interior, they won’t take up counter space. 

If you’ve never had double trash pull-outs with soft close, you don’t know that they can make you happy. It may sound silly to use an emotion to describe what having trash pull-outs means, but the experts assure us that they will make you happy.

There’s a Lot of Trash

There is nothing fun or sexy about trash, and yet we spend a lot of time dealing with it. Especially if you live in an area where you can recycle, then you have to perform the separating and sorting process. Having two trash bins in your pull-out becomes especially important. 

(It’s possible to get a multi-bin trash/recycling/composting system so you have several containers for recycling food scraps, plastic, glass or paper, but these units require a very wide and deep cabinet and aren’t suited for every kitchen. For this article, we’re looking at double trash pull-outs.) 

Nothing can ruin your new kitchen faster than not having enough space allocated to trash. Trash is mundane and boring – an inevitable by-product of modern day living. As one happy home-owner stated for our informal survey of happy homeowners: “We totally take the two-trash bin pull-outs for granted now that we have it. When we didn’t have one, we didn’t know what we were missing.” Well said.

Trash Storage Systems

Not all trash storage systems are created equal. Cabinet manufacturers spend hours researching and experimenting to find the best system to go into their cabinets. And when the engineering, new product developer types have made their decision, people who will actually use the trash pull-outs step in and add their practical two cents worth and recommend the ones that are easy: easy to open and close, easy to replace the bags, easy to clean.

Trash is dirty. Does that even need to be said? Ideally you want to be able to access the trash pull-outs and give them a good wipe down without having to stand on your head or dis-assemble the entire mechanism. 

Bottom mount double trash pull outs in metal frame – Not attached to door
Bottom mount double trash pull outs in metal frame – Attached to door
Bottom mount double trash pull outs in black with simple wire frame
Bottom mount double trash pull outs in metal frame

Metal vs. Wood

The metal frame support system is one way to go. If you forget to clean your trash pull-outs or don’t do it regularly, you’ll appreciate the beauty of the minimal metal frame pull-out. Any miscellaneous gunk that misses the trash bin falls through the wire onto the bottom of the frame or it might fall the way through to the cabinet floor or kitchen floor where it can easily be wiped up. Or if there’s a couple drips and drops on the metal, they are easily cleaned. 

Also the metal frame pull-outs fit in very nicely with the minimalist, contemporary styled kitchen. 

One configuration you do not want is the one called “bottom mount”, where your trash receptacles sit inside wooden cut-outs. You can still get these because people want all the wood they can get in their kitchens, but they are not recommended. Not too long ago, the wire frame pull-outs were cheap looking and flimsy and not an acceptable accessory for beautiful new cabinets. The homeowners who ordered the wood version had their desire for wood satisfied, but the reality of living with this configuration soon proved to be unpleasant. There is a lot of surface area available for messy, semi-liquid stuff to accumulate that has to be cleaned off.

Wood frame looks good but is difficult to keep clean

After living with the trash bins that sit inside wood cut-outs and having to clean up the smelly, sticky, yukky stuff on the wood, people began demanding something better. By this time, the European interior accessories had come to American kitchens, and the metal pull-out mechanisms for trash pull-outs were much improved. Times had changed, and the metal pull-outs became attractive and sturdy. Now, they’re available with different finishes, like brass, chrome and copper. They’re much, much better than they were 20 years ago when the only option for trash pull-outs was the wooden cut-outs.

Options and More Options

It’s possible to get hands-free opening – open the cabinet door and have the pull-outs come to you with a push from your knee or a slight pressure from your foot – no more dirty hands touching the pull or knob when you’ve got a deposit for the trash bin. The trash cans become easily accessible. 

And having the pull-outs on soft close guides means you just give them a little push, and the guides take it from there. They will slide back into place smoothly and silently. 

You can get metal trash receptacles. You can receptacles with lids. Trash pull-outs come in different widths so that even the most space-challenged kitchen layout can experience the joy of double pull-outs. Some lucky homeowners with large kitchens have several of the double pull-outs for advanced recycling: cardboard, plastic, glass and paper. 

Trash pull outs with lids are an option

Many, many options from many, many suppliers are available when it comes to trash pull-outs. Your kitchen designer can – and will — help you narrow down your options. He or she will ask you, among other questions, how fastidious you are, how much trash you produce, how you recycle.  

But remember you read it here: No metal what color bins and metal you choose, you want to go for the metal frame with two receptacles, one for trash and one for recycling and experience the happiness double trash pull-outs can bring to your new kitchen.


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