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As I've mentioned before on my renovation articles, storage space is always at a premium when living in an apartment. I've tried various ways to make use of all the space that is available and this time around I had the idea of finally making some good use of a set of corner shelves I had installed quite a while ago. These shelves were triangular and very awkward to store anything on. My idea was to add slide out draws for them, here's the end result...

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The draws were almost the full height of each shelf cavity and could be slid out by grabbing them from the top. They were made out of cardboard that I had left over from the packaging that my kitchen splash back came in.

The shape of each cut out is like that so that I could have a steady triangular base and then fold the sides up to make an enclosed box. The measurements were just slightly smaller than the available space in the shelf cavities.

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This is what they looked like after folding and sticking together with sticky tape to hold them in shape temporarily.

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I ended up making quite a few of these. Packing tape was used to hold them together permanently, it was stuck along all of the unjoined edges.
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For the outside of these shelf boxes I used a cheap material called "Enviro Cloth" that cost around $3.99/m. It was cut into strips wider than the height of each box and wrapped around with some PVA glue to adhere it in place. I tried using contact adhesive here first but the can I bought seemed to be faulty so switched to PVA. It was a mess to work with but it did get the job done.

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Excess cloth was wrapped around and into the inside of each box.
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Then the bottom was covered in a piece of cloth cut to shape of the box. You can see that when PVA dried out it was almost not noticeable.

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That about wraps it up. These shelves were sturdy enough to keep lots of items inside them, though they did struggle and bend a little when I had them loaded to the brim with old computer hard drives. The best part was all of the things that would have usually fallen off/out of the shelves before were now safely inside the drawers. This also meant that I could fit a lot more into these shelves which was my initial goal!

-i

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