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Archive Dive: 8 Hidden Trash Drawers

During the kitchen remodel process, it’s easy to get caught up in the seemingly endless possibilities of built-ins and fixtures. But one feature we think you should seriously consider is a pullout trash and recycling bin. A pullout drawer system keeps trash exceptionally contained (no unsightly overflow), does a better job at hiding odor, and frees up precious floor space.

For inspiration, here are eight of our favorite hidden trash pullouts, from the archives.

Blogger and designer Emily Henderson had a custom pull-out drawer with two sections—one for trash and recycling bins, and one for holding garbage bags—installed in her weekend home kitchen. Read more in 10 Smart Storage Ideas to Steal from Emily Henderson’s Mountain House. Photograph by Sara Tramp for Emily Henderson Design.
Above: Blogger and designer Emily Henderson had a custom pull-out drawer with two sections—one for trash and recycling bins, and one for holding garbage bags—installed in her weekend home kitchen. Read more in 10 Smart Storage Ideas to Steal from Emily Henderson’s Mountain House. Photograph by Sara Tramp for Emily Henderson Design.
In a tiny, 355-square-foot apartment designed by firm Studio Bazi, the kitchen and laundry rooms hide behind oak wood accordion doors. When opened, they reveal, among other things, a pull-out garbage bin. Read more in The Secret Apartment: A Hyperefficient Moscow Flat with Stealth Storage (and a Hidden Kitchen). Photograph by Polina Poludkina.
Above: In a tiny, 355-square-foot apartment designed by firm Studio Bazi, the kitchen and laundry rooms hide behind oak wood accordion doors. When opened, they reveal, among other things, a pull-out garbage bin. Read more in The Secret Apartment: A Hyperefficient Moscow Flat with Stealth Storage (and a Hidden Kitchen). Photograph by Polina Poludkina.
Ikea cabinets are kitted out with pullout trash and recycling bins under the sink in this 520-square-foot Manhattan apartment, designed by firm BoND. Read more in Beneath the Surface: A Petite Manhattan Apartment with a Surprising Amount of Storage (and Small-Space Tricks). Photograph by Eric Petschek.
Above: Ikea cabinets are kitted out with pullout trash and recycling bins under the sink in this 520-square-foot Manhattan apartment, designed by firm BoND. Read more in Beneath the Surface: A Petite Manhattan Apartment with a Surprising Amount of Storage (and Small-Space Tricks). Photograph by Eric Petschek.
In the remodeled Mill Valley kitchen of Clare McCamy and Harrison Miller, trash and recycling bins are consolidated in a single pull-out drawer, painted in Oval Room Blue No. 85 by Farrow & Ball. Read more in Kitchen of the Week: A New-Build Kitchen in Mill Valley, CA, the Six-Month Check-Up. Photograph by Andres Gonzalez.
Above: In the remodeled Mill Valley kitchen of Clare McCamy and Harrison Miller, trash and recycling bins are consolidated in a single pull-out drawer, painted in Oval Room Blue No. 85 by Farrow & Ball. Read more in Kitchen of the Week: A New-Build Kitchen in Mill Valley, CA, the Six-Month Check-Up. Photograph by Andres Gonzalez.
In the kitchen of Ferney Home Farm, in Shropshire, England, designers Plain English hid trash bins in cabinets painted Army Camp Green, by Plain English. Read more about this kitchen in Kitchen of the Week: A Historic Kitchen in Shropshire, Recast in Monochrome Green. Photograph courtesy of Plain English.
Above: In the kitchen of Ferney Home Farm, in Shropshire, England, designers Plain English hid trash bins in cabinets painted Army Camp Green, by Plain English. Read more about this kitchen in Kitchen of the Week: A Historic Kitchen in Shropshire, Recast in Monochrome Green. Photograph courtesy of Plain English.
In the kitchen of Scribe Winery’s Sonoma hacienda, a compost chute is built into the concrete countertops, with the bin being hidden by rustic doors. Read more on this kitchen in Kitchen of the Week: A Hacienda Kitchen in Sonoma’s Hippest Winery. Photograph by Andres Gonzalez.
Above: In the kitchen of Scribe Winery’s Sonoma hacienda, a compost chute is built into the concrete countertops, with the bin being hidden by rustic doors. Read more on this kitchen in Kitchen of the Week: A Hacienda Kitchen in Sonoma’s Hippest Winery. Photograph by Andres Gonzalez.
In LA interior designer Amy Sklar’s Silverlake kitchen, a custom walnut butcher-block island hides the trash and recycling in its subtle cabinetry. Read more in Kitchen of the Week: Practicality in White Marble. Photograph by Amy Bartlam.
Above: In LA interior designer Amy Sklar’s Silverlake kitchen, a custom walnut butcher-block island hides the trash and recycling in its subtle cabinetry. Read more in Kitchen of the Week: Practicality in White Marble. Photograph by Amy Bartlam.

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